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Morocco wins vote to preside over United Nations Human Rights Council

Boom RadioNG | January 10, 2024

Morocco has today won the historic vote to preside over United Nations Human Rights Council after a heated showdown with South Africa.

The Moroccan candidate, Ambassador Omar Zniber got 30 votes while his South African opponent, Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, secured 17 in a secret ballot that took place in Geneva.

Morocco denounced the attempts by South Africa and a few other African states to undermine its efforts to hold the prestigious position.

The Moroccan foreign ministry said it was “delighted with the trust placed in it”, which it considers “a strong signal from the international community for its constructive approach and its unifying leadership on key subjects including interfaith dialogue, tolerance and the fight against racial hatred, the right to a healthy and sustainable environment, migrants’ rights and the impact of new technologies.”


Ambassador Omar Zniber of Morocco The UN Human Rights Council 2024 President.

In addition, it said “During its presidency, the kingdom will remain faithful to the line it has set itself during its three mandates within the Human Rights Council, always favouring dialogue and consensus,”

The UN Human Rights Council, which convenes several times a year, is the only intergovernmental global body designed to protect human rights worldwide. It can increase the scrutiny of a country’s human rights records and also authorises probes against such countries.




Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG


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