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UN Human Rights Council: Elections

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL3053, tabled on 13 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to determine which state's candidacy to support in the recent election to the UN Human Rights Council.

Answered on

20 November 2017

The UK reaches decisions on votes on the basis of candidates’ human rights records, and their cooperation with Human Rights Council (HRC) mechanisms. The UK also considers candidates’ engagement and voting record at HRC, broader UK Government priorities, standing obligations, and whether a reciprocal deal can be made. The UK has a long-standing policy of not revealing our voting intentions in international elections, nor how we voted in the past.