Afghanistan is Candidate for UN Human Rights Council: Faiq

Afghanistan is Candidate for UN Human Rights Council: Faiq

The Chargé d'Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, said that Afghanistan is a candidate for membership in the UN Human Rights Council.

Faiq said that 14 countries including Afghanistan have been nominated to be selected for membership in the OHCHR.

Afghanistan would compete with five other countries to be a candidate for OHCHR membership.

“The important of this council (OHCHR) is that it collects the recommendations and proposals of countries to maintain human rights and introduces them to the UN General Assembly,” Faiq said.

Political analysts gave various opinions on the matter.

“We hope that Afghanistan could one day become the center of Islamic and human rights values. However, the chance for Afghanistan is very small,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.

“We call on the UN member countries to vote for Afghanistan’s membership in this council so the voices of the Afghan people will be heard and the ground for engagement with the Islamic Emirate will be paved,” said Ahmad Khan Andar, political analyst.

The Islamic Emirate wants the Afghanistan seat in the UN to be given to its ambassador.

“We want the UN to recognize our government because we are an important member of the UN and also an important country of the world, so it should give us our seat,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

The OHCHR was established in 2006.