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India elected to United Nations rights Council with highest number of votes

India elected to United Nations rights Council with highest number of votes

Among the 18 seats allocated, 5 were in Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eryhtrée, Somalia, Togo), and 5 in the Asia-Pacific region (Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Philippines), 2 in eastern Europe (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic), 3 in Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Bahamas, Uruguay), and 3 in the Western Europe and other States (Austria, Denmark, Italy).

With no competition, each candidate got well over the 97 needed votes, including the Philippines, widely condemned internationally for a deadly drug crackdown, and Eritrea, which has faced criticism from a commission set up by the council itself.

From the Asia-Pacific region, five countries were running for the five vacancies. Alongside India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji and Philippines had additionally asserted some authority in the equivalent provincial gathering. "India's election to the UNHRC is a reflection of high standing that our country enjoys globally", he added.

It makes recommendations on how to address human rights violations and has the ability to discuss all thematic human right issues and situations.

Obtaining 165 votes of 192 votes cast by member-states, the Philippines is granted another three-year term in the 47-member council based in Geneva from 2019 to 2021, according to the DFA.

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said, "Thanks to the support of all our friends UN, India wins seat to Human Rights Council with highest votes among all candidates".

India got elected again in 2007, 2011, and 2014 to three-year-terms.

BJP state spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan said, "Our country's selection by overwhelming majority buries Pakistan's false propaganda that India is a violator of human rights".

Elections took place via secret ballot in the 193-member General Assembly on Friday.

Outgoing DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano welcomed the development, after global group Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for the United Nations body to reject the Philippines' re-election bid. However, India's election to the Council was all but certain as there were only five nations vying for the five seats in the Asia Pacific category.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be taking over as the new United Nations human rights commissioner, succeeding Jordanian diplomat Zeid-Ra'ad al Hussein who released the report.


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