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India welcomes setting up of Human Rights Council

It provides for equitable geographical representation which substantially increases Asia's seats.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 12:15 IST

India has welcomed the establishment of the Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly.

It provides for equitable geographical representation which substantially increases Asia's seats.

India's Ambassador to UN Nirupam Sen told reporters in United Nations that it corrects the selectivity and double standards that had increasingly marred the functioning of the Geneva-based Commission.

India played a key role, which is being widely appreciated, in making the Human Rights Council possible, Sen, who had played very active role during the negotiations on the resolution, said.

The primacy of the General Assembly and the way in which the Assembly established the Council is a "good augury for the comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council," he said.

Asked about expansion of the Security Council after the Assembly voted to establish the Human Rights Council, President Jan Eliasson said it is an important part of the overall reform effort and he is in contact with the countries concerned.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 12:15 IST