Eritrea, Cameroon among African reps on UN Human Rights Council

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

India wins election to UN Human Rights Council in Asia-Pacific category

Needing 97 votes to become a member of the top rights body of the UN, Bangladesh secured 178 votes. This is the fifth times when India elected to Geneva-based United Nations body.

In January India will join China and Nepal, besides Pakistan, which were elected to the 47-member Council in previous years to serve three-year terms.

"The Philippines' credibility to be part of this body rests on its ability to effect actions that will concretely address these allegations, in line with its mandate to promote, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all and not just of a select few", De Guia said.

The victory of India came after the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein asked the body to do an worldwide commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Kashmir. The other regional candidates were Bahrain, Fiji and the Philippines.

UNITED NATIONS, USA - Bahrain, Cameroon, and the Philippines were among a number of nations controversially elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, October 12, sparking sharp criticism from rights groups and the United States.

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Created in 2006 to replace a commission discredited because of some members' sorry rights records, the new council soon came to face similar criticism.

The 18 new members were selected from five regional blocs of countries, and their elections were largely predetermined since they were not challenged by other countries.

Human Rights Watch's (HRW) UN director Louis Charbonneau called the election "a mockery" in a post on Twitter.

Earlier, an global human rights group has expressed strong opposition to the Philippines' candidacy for the UHNRC, citing the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign.

The countries that were elected from other regions were Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia, Togo, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Argentina, Bahamas, Uruguay, Austria, Denmark and Italy.

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Such votes make mockery of word "election".

Toho also has its human rights record tainted in the anti-government protests of 2017 when security forces fired at protesters and were also caught on camera beating protesters.

The organisation said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs had been "a killing frenzy that has left thousands dead" and that Eritrean authorities had persecuted and jail government critics.

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

The elections had been criticized by a host of other human rights groups as well. "It puts them on the world stage, and moreover, it empowers them to fundamentally undermine notions of human rights that are accepted internationally".

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