Korean ambassador named new UN Human Rights Council president

December 7, 2015
Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim, permanent representative for the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in Geneva (Newsis)

Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim, permanent representative for the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in Geneva (Newsis)

Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim, South Korea’s permanent representative to the United Nations’ Geneva office, has become the first Korean elected to the presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The appointment, announced Monday, is effective Jan. 1, 2016 and will last three years.

The Human Rights Council was established in 2006 and has 47 member states.

“[The Human Rights Council's] work is important to many people, in particular the many victims of human rights violations and abuses, the many oppressed, the many poor and the many suffering from conflict, crisis and terror,” said Ambassador Joachim Ruecker of Germany, current council president.

“In its first 10 years, the Council accomplished a lot. It has established the framework of standards and mechanisms to promote and protect human rights. Now is the time to put it into real effect,” Ambassador Choi said. “Challenges ahead of us are many. … Issues of immediate concern like terrorism, climate change and migration bring with them a host of new and complex human rights considerations that cannot be overlooked.”

 

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