US, rights groups say United Nations rights council vote lets abusers in

US, rights groups say United Nations rights council vote lets abusers in

US, rights groups say United Nations rights council vote lets abusers in

Before this, India was elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council for the 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 term.

Countries that have been widely criticised for severe human rights abuses are among 18 newly elected members of the United Nations' Human Rights' Council.

"Like I said, the reelection of the Philippines [to] the UN Human Rights Council is a recognition of our country's respect for human rights as well as measures taken by the government against illegal drugs", he said in an interview. India secured a total of 188 votes in the Asia- Pacific category, which was the highest among all the candidates.

"It's a reflection of India's position in the comity of nations, it's a testament that world community holds India in high esteem".

"There were 18 candidates and we got the highest votes". We feel grateful to all the friends in United Nations for their support and it is very reassuring.

"If you want to talk human rights, we're here".

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) welcomed the decision but reiterated that "earning a seat in the council puts pressure on the government" to tackle many human rights violations such as the growing cases of extrajudicial killings in the country.

From the Asia-Pacific region, five countries were running for the five vacancies.

India will join China, Nepal and Pakistan who have been elected past year in the council. Its last tenure had ended on December 31, 2017.

But the Philippines was re-elected to the 47-seat council by secret ballot at the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, with 165 out of 193 votes, with one abstention.

Five of the new members were from Africa, five from Asia, two from eastern Europe, three from Latin America and the Caribbean, and three from western Europe.

The minimum number of votes required to get elected to the council was 97.

"We thank human rights advocates around the world but also condemn a few who are morally corrupt and who use human rights for political and financial gain". All the countries mentioned will be a part of the UNHRC from January 1, 2019.

India's presence on the Council will be important as the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein asked the body to facilitate an worldwide commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.

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