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India wins election to UN Human Rights Council with highest number of votes

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

was elected to the United Nations' top body on Friday for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019, getting 188 votes in the category, the highest number of votes among all candidates.

The 193-member held elections here for new members to the UN Council. The 18 new members were elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot. Countries needed a minimum of 97 votes to get elected to the Council.

was vying for a seat in the category. Along with India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, and had also staked a claim in the same regional group. Given that there were five nations vying for five seats in the category, India's to the Council was all but certain.

Following the election, India's Permanent to the UN told that India's win with the highest number of votes reflects India's standing in the international comity."

He further tweeted "Voting for a Happy Outcome. Thanks to the support of all our friends @UN , wins seat to Council with highest votes among all candidates."

In the category, India got 188 votes followed by with 187 votes, 178, and 165 each. India got the highest number of votes among all 18 countries in the five regional categories.

The new members will serve a term of three years beginning January 1, 2019. India had previously been elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council for the 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 term.

Its last tenure had ended on December 31, 2017 and in accordance with the rules, it was not eligible for immediate re-since it had already served two consecutive terms.

Created by the Assembly in March 2006 as the principal body dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council comprises 47 elected Member States.

On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the five regional groups as follows: African States, 13 seats; Asia Pacific States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, 6 seats; Latin American and Caribbean States, 8 seats; and Western European and other States, 7 seats.

The new members elected Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, and in the African States category, and in the Eastern European States group, Argentina, and in the Latin American and Caribbean States group and Austria, and in the Western European and other States category.

Commenting on the elections, rights group said In ridiculous vote devoid of competition, elected #Philippines, #Eritrea, #& #to be among new members of @UN#HumanRights Council in 2019-2021. Such votes make mockery of word election'.

It said Human Rights Council member states should seek to neutralise any attempts by its worst members to shield themselves and other serial rights abusers & keep doing good work on #Yemen, #Myanmar, #Syria, #& other crises.

Former of assumed the role of UN for Human Rights in September this year, succeeding Jordanian Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who had in June this year released a first ever report on that was rejected by India.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 23:05 IST