Indonesia has been elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period 2011-2014, Indonesian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hassan Kleib said here on Saturday.

The election which made Indonesia a member of the council for the third time was held last Friday (May 20) in New York with representatives of 188 out of the UN`s 192 member countries attending.

The meeting was was asked to elect 15 members of the UN Rights Council and, among a number of candidates, Indonesia won the highest number of votes, namely 184.

The 14 other countries elected to the council were Italy, Austria, Chile, Romania, Georgia, Costa Rika, Peru, Nicaragua, Congo, Botswana, Benin, Burkina Faso, India and Kuwait.

Hassan said Indonesia getting the highest number of support from UN members was an indication of the international world`s trust in the development of human rights protection in the country.

"It is also considered a recognition of Indonesia`s active role in initiatives related to the promotion of human rights protection in the Southeast Asia region such as the ratification of ASEAN Charter and the formation of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights," said the ambassador.

Indonesia had been member of UN Rights Council two times before namely in the periods 2006-2007 and 2007-2010. The latest success also add the list of Indonesia`s active role in the UN`s 65th General Assembly Meeting from the period of September 2010-September 2011. Indonesia has been appointed as Vice President of the UN`s 65th General Assembly Meeting, Chairman of Commission on Population and Development, member of Governing Council UNEP and Governing Council UN Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT).

Indonesia is also listed as member of Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), member of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), executive board member of UN Women, executive board of UNDP/UNFPA and executive board member of UNICEF.

Indonesia is also member of Peace Building Commission (PBC), member of Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), member of Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), member of the Council of Administration of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and member of the Postal Operations Council of the UPU.

News Source: Antara

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