Human rights Finland was elected a member of the UN Human Rights Council

Established in 2006, the Human Rights Council is the UN’s main human rights body.

Finland has been elected as a Nordic candidate to the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2022–2024, says the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland received 180 votes at the UN General Assembly election in New York on Thursday. Finland was elected a member of the Council in the group of Western and other countries together with Luxembourg and the United States.

Finland’s campaign themes were women’s and girls’ rights, new technologies and digitalisation, climate change and education as human rights.

Foreign minister Pekka Haavisto (vihr) says in a press release from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs that Finland will work closely with both domestic and international NGOs and human rights defenders.

“It is important that, in addition to the voice of states, the views and expertise of civil society, researchers and the private sector are also heard in the work of the Human Rights Council,” Haavisto says.

Established in 2006, the Human Rights Council is the UN’s main human rights body. Its mission is to promote and protect human rights worldwide and to address serious human rights violations. The Council has taken a position and appointed independent experts to monitor the situation in, for example, Syria, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

The Geneva-based Council has 47 members, elected by country group for three-year terms. Finland was a member of the Human Rights Council in 2006–2007.

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