//India welcomes setting up of Human Rights Council by UN

India welcomes setting up of Human Rights Council by UN

United Nations, Mar 16: India has welcomed the establishment of the Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly especially as it provides for equitable geographical representation which substantially increases Asia’s seats.

Commenting on the assembly’s decision to replace the much-criticised human rights commission with more powerful council, India’s ambassador to UN Nirupam Sen told reporters here that it corrects the selectivity and double standards that had increasingly marred the functioning of the Geneva-based commission.

India played a key role, which is being widely appreciated, in making the Human Rights Council possible, Sen, who had played very active role during the negotiations on the resolution, said.

The primacy of the General Assembly and the way in which the assembly established the council is a "good augury for the comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council," he said.

Asked about expansion of the Security Council after the assembly voted to establish the Human Rights Council, President Jan Eliasson said it is an important part of the overall reform effort and he is in contact with the countries concerned.

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