Southern Africa: Swaziland – SADC Supports Angolan Candidacy for UN Human Rights Council

SADC will support the candidacy of Angola as member country for the Council of the United Nations Human Rights, whose election will take place in September next year in Geneva, Switzerland.

The decision was taken at the 36th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the regional organization, closed on Wednesday in Mbabane, capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Speaking to the press at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti said that SADC has committed itself to supporting the Angolan candidacy for the referred council as it was requested by Angola.

Angola has already been part of the Council of the United Nations Human Rights from 2007 to 2010.

The UN Human Rights Council is the successor of the UN Commission and is part of the supporting body for the UN General Assembly.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, its main purpose is to advise the General Assembly on situations where human rights are violated.

The General Assembly, in turn, submits recommendations to the UN Security Council. The Human Rights Council is made up of 47 member countries.

Source: Angola Press Agency.