OIC backs Pakistan for re-election to UN’s rights council

NEW YORK Pakistan’s bid for re-election to the U.N. Human Rights Council got a boost when the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) unanimously decided to back its candidature. The decision was taken at an ambassadorial level meeting of the 57-member Islamic Group held in New York ahead of the May 21 session of the General Assembly that will elect 15 new members of the Geneva-based 47-member council, the UN top rights body. The 192-member assembly established the council— the successor to the discredited UN Human Rights Commission—in 2006 by a vote which was opposed only by United States, Israel, Marshall Islands and Palau.

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