President Soh Changrok of Human Asia was re-elected as a member of UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee of the OHCHR. President Soh is currently working as a professor at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea University, an International Human Rights Advisory Committee consultant of National Human Rights Commission of Korea, a member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Self-Evaluation Committee and he is a prominent figure as a human rights professional in both academic and activist field.
On September 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that “Professor Soh Changrok was re-elected in UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee election of September 29 for the term of October 2017 to September 2020.”
Soh was elected by 32 of the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council in Asia-Pacific group’s two vacancies in which three candidates from Korea, India, and the Philippines vied for.
The UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee is an advisory body of the Human Rights Council and consists of 18 members with expertise, morality, independence and fairness in the field of human rights. The apportionment of seats is as follows: five seats in Africa and Asia, two seats in Eastern Europe, three seats in Central and South America and Western countries. The term of office is three years and serving consecutive term once is possible.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that President Soh was re-elected by contributing to the Advisory Committee during his first term including writing reports on 'Local Government and Human Rights Report', and ‘Role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights’ and participating in the report on ‘The negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin on the enjoyment of human rights’ as a rapporteur.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced “the government expects that Korea will contribute to the promotion and protection of international human rights with the re-election of Professor Soh’s advisory committee and will continue to actively support domestic human rights experts to launch into the United Nations human rights mechanisms.