Santiago, 12 October 2022 (TDI): Chile has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) for the term of three years from 2023-2025. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elected 14 members for HRC.

Chile is elected to be part of the UN Human Rights Council with the regional majority. A total of 144 votes were cast for Chile to win the first regional majority.

United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a body of the UN founded in 2006 with headquarters in Geneva. The purpose of this council is to protect & promote human rights. 47 member states are elected on a regional basis for a three years term.

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Chile and UNHRC

Chile presented its candidacy to UNHRC for the 2023-2025 period. The Foreign Minister of Chile, Antonia Urrejola presented it further at the UN.

This was based on Chile’s commitment to the protection of human rights, promotion of peace, sustenance of law, and enhancing development in public and foreign policy areas.

The protection and promotion of human rights is the hallmark of the country’s foreign policy, according to the foreign minister. The country has participated in multilateral platforms for mechanisms related to human rights.

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Based on Chile’s role in human rights protection, the country has been elected as a member of the HRC. The country is elected for three years (on a regional basis), according to the rules.

The election for HRC took place according to resolution 60/251 of the UN General Assembly. This specific resolution reaffirms the development of friendly relations among nations based on equality and self-determination rights.

This also reaffirms the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that all humans must be treaty equally as their rights are universal.