Netherlands elected to UN Human Rights Council

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was today elected to the Human Rights Council for the 2015-2017 period by the UN General Assembly. Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomes the Netherlands’ membership of the council. ‘What happened today underlines the importance the Netherlands places on human rights worldwide,’ said the minister.

‘We’ve been elected for three years,’ minister Koenders said. ‘This gives us the chance to actively work on promoting freedom of expression, protecting women’s rights, the rights of sexual minorities and human rights defenders, and championing the right to a fair trial. We’re also going to strive wholeheartedly for increased recognition of human rights in conflict areas.’

Based in Geneva, the 47-member Human Rights Council is the UN organ charged since 2006 with monitoring compliance with human rights agreements.