"The re-election of Indonesia as a member of the UN Human Rights Council is a special gift on the second day of President Joko Widodos government," Indonesian Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Desra Percaya said in a press statement.
In a voting held at the UN General Assembly, Indonesia was elected as a member of the Council for the 2015-2017 term, along with Bangladesh, India and Qatar to represent the Asia-Pacific region.
"The re-election of Indonesia as a member of the UN Human Rights Council is concrete evidence of the international communitys confidence in the Indonesian effort to promote and protect human rights, consolidation of stronger Indonesian democracy and support for the new Indonesian government," Desra said.
Botswana, the Republic of Kongo, Ghana and Nigeria were elected as members of the Council for Africa; Albania and Latvia for East Europe; the Netherlands and Portugal for West Europe and other countries, and El Salvador, Bolivia and Paraguay for Latin America and Caribbean Islands.
Indonesia was for the first time elected as a member of the Geneva-based UN body in 2006.
The UN Human Rights Council is made up of 47 UN member states which are elected by the UN General Assembly. The Council replaced the former UN Commission on Human Rights.
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