Argentina was elected on Monday for the first time in its history to preside over 2022 United Nations Human Rights Council (UN).
The country was elected by acclamation at the organizational session held in Geneva, Switzerland, for the sixteenth session of the aforementioned, 47-nation council, the world’s governing body for human rights.
The rotation mechanism in the highest position assumed that by 2022, responsibility would pass to a country in Latin America and the Caribbean, its representatives They have already come forward, by consensus, they will propose to Argentina.
Argentina celebrated, for the first time in history, the presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council. It is a recognition of our country and its commitment to human rights as part of the national identity since the restoration of democracy.” Santiago Cafierofrom his Twitter account.
The official posted his message with a black and white photo of the Plaza de Mayo mothers on their traditional tour during the recent civil and military dictatorship to claim their missing children.
The government spokesman added: “Argentina’s historical struggle is today reflected in international recognition. Memory, truth, justice and an irrevocable commitment to defend human rights”, Gabriella Cerruti.
In 2022, the Council shall, among other things, Conducting the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights and continue to make decisions to advance the issues pending on the global agenda for their protection, including by supporting the work of independent rapporteurs and experts on various topics.
The presidency of Argentina rests with the current ambassador to the Geneva-based organizations, Federico Villegas Beltran, is a lawyer and a professional diplomat who entered the diplomatic corps with distinction with honors in 1993 and has been based in Switzerland since March 2020.
In his speech, Villegas Beltran particularly thanked the outgoing president, Fijian Nuzha Shamim Khan, for the work and the “consensus reached in the region” in Latin America that allowed him to be appointed at the head of the organization.
The diplomat also declared that it would be an “honour to interact” with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights over the next year. Michelle Bachelet.
In the paragraph of his most emotional speechVillegas gave special appreciation to the grandmothers and mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. He pointed out that they visited Geneva in the late seventies to denounce the kidnapping of their children and grandchildren.
“The global human rights system — its organs, procedures and standards — has been the silent partner behind normative, jurisprudential and public policy developments on human rights in Argentina, and has helped heal the social and institutional fabric of my country,” she said.
The ambassador then reviewed some of the “special challenges” that the council will face, including thinking about rights “from a historical perspective”.
He noted that despite the extensive journey that had already been undertaken, “slavery, colonialism, and discrimination against women (among other things) had been naturalized practices of the law” for centuries and had yet to be eradicated.
Subsequently, members of the Latin American countries that spoke – among them Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico – welcomed Argentina’s appointment.