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UN to elect 14 Human Rights Council members
UN to elect 14 Human Rights Council members

General Assembly of United Nations (UN) will elect 14 new members for the Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday.

World Bulletin/News Desk

General Assembly of United Nations (UN) will hold an election of 14 members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) out of the 47 member states.

China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Macedonia, Maldives, France and Britain are expected to be chosen for the council in their regions. The members of the Council will serve for a period of three years and will not be eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms.

During the ballot to be held at the assembly on Tuesday, China, Maldives, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam will stand as candidates for four seats which are reserved for Group of Asia-Pacific States, Russia and Macedonia for two seats for Group of Eastern European States, and France and Britain are candidates for two seats which are reserved for Group of Western European and other states.

 As the number of candidates equals to that of chairs, a competition will not take place during the election. The Human Rights Council will start its yearly membership cycle on January 1, 2014.

Meanwhile, human rights institutes react to the election of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam for the council.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) made a statement reminding that the candidates - China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Algeria - did not even allow UN human rights observers who were appointed by the council to conduct inspection in their countries.

Human rights violations occurred orderly and activists were arrested in China and Vietnam, said the statement primarily demanding a rise in standards of human rights in these countries.

 



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Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland
Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he hopes to clinch a reunification deal laying out a new security blueprint for the divided island during a crunch summit in Switzerland this week. Anastasiades will attend United Nations-backed talks at the Alpine Crans-Montana ski resort Wednesday with "complete determination and goodwill... to achieve a desired solution", he said in a statement. He said he hopes to "abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and intervention rights", with a deal providing for the withdrawal of the Turkish army. The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece. Turkey maintains around 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus. The so-called guarantor powers of Turkey, Britain and Greece retain the right to intervene militarily on the island. Greek and Turkish Cypriots are at odds over a new security blueprint, but their leaders are under pressure to reach an elusive peace deal. "I am going to Switzerland to participate in the Cyprus conference, with the sole aim and intent of solving the Cyprus problem," Anastasiades said. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is also set to attend the summit, which is expected to last at least 10 days. Greece, Turkey and Britain will send envoys along with an observer from the European Union. UN-led talks on the island hit a wall in late May after the sides failed to agree terms to advance toward a final summit. Unlocking the security question would allow Anastasiades and Akinci to make unprecedented concessions on core issues. But they have major differences on what a new security blueprint should look like. Anastasiades's internationally recognised government, backed by Athens, seeks an agreement to abolish intervention rights, with Turkish troops withdrawing from the island on a specific timeline. Turkish Cypriots and Ankara argue for some form of intervention rights and a reduced number of troops remaining in the north. Turkish Cypriots want the conference to focus on broader issues of power-sharing, property rights and territory for the creation of a new federation. Much of the progress to date has been based on strong personal rapport between Anastasiades and Akinci, leader of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. But that goodwill has appeared frayed in the build-up to their meeting in Switzerland. The Greek Cypriot presidential election next February has also complicated the landscape, as has the government's search for offshore oil and gas, which Ankara argues should be suspended until the negotiations have reached an outcome.