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Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the US, which withdrew from the body last month, citing

On June 19, the US announced its decision to leave the Council. Senior US officials accused the Council of displaying entrenched against Israel, and criticized what they said was the body's willingness to admit nations which were themselves human rights abusers.

The yesterday elected to serve on the Geneva-based global rights body effective immediately, through to the end of next year.

inherits no particular responsibilities from the US, raising questions about future action on key human rights issues promoted specifically by Washington, such as Sudan, and the right to freedom of expression.

In a statement issued by UN Stephane Dujarric, said that he would have "much preferred" the US remain and that the 47-member intergovernmental body was a part of the UN's overall "human rights architecture, which "plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.

The Human Rights Council's next scheduled meeting is in September.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 11:45 IST