Pimentel Elected to IPU Human Rights Committee

May. 04, 2007

MANILA — Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr.
(PDP-Laban) was elected May 2 at the 116th IPU
assembly in Bali, Indonesia as a member of the Inter
Parliamentary Union Human Rights Committee based in

He was endorsed by the IPU ASEAN+3 and the ASIA
PACIFIC delegates.

Pimentel who is the current Senate Minority Leader was
initially proposed for the position by Senate
President Protempore Juan Flavier and Sen. Frank
Drilon at the ASEA+3 meeting.

The Cambodian and the Korean delegations seconded
Pimentels nomination.

In seconding Pimentels nomination, the head of the
Korean delegation stressed Pimentels consistent
human rights advocacies in the Philippines.

At the Asia Pacific meeting, Pimentel was backed up
mainly by the Chinese and by the Canadian, Australian
and Palau delegations.

The seat was contested by the Philippines and Iran.
In the end, Iran gave way to the Philippines.

Pimentel thanked Director Carmen Arceo, chairman of
the Senate International Committee who he said did
the yeoman work to get the IPU Human Rights Committee
seat in Geneva for the country.

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