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Luxembourg is elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the first time

Published Friday October 15 2021

 

On 14 October 2021, Luxembourg was elected by the UN General Assembly in New York to a seat on the Human Rights Council for the term 2022-2024. This will be Luxembourg's first term on the Human Rights Council since the Council was created in 2006.

Foreign and European Affairs Minister Jean Asselborn was in New York on 13 and 14 October 2021 to take part in the election of 18 new members of the Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term. The Council is composed of a total of 47 members.

Luxembourg, a member of the Western European and Other States Group (WEOG), was elected by 180 votes. The other candidate countries for the three WEOG seats in this election were Finland (also elected by 180 votes) and the United States of America (elected by 168 votes). The Grand Duchy, a founding member of the United Nations, was the first country to apply to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 mandate in December 2013.

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