India elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

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India, which got the most votes in in the Asia-Pacific category, was on Friday elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

India will be a member of the council for three years, starting January 1, 2019.

India got 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category when the election was held at the 193-member United Nations General Assembly. Eighteen new members were to be elected. Candidates needed at least 97 votes to get elected. The country has served two tenures earlier between 2011 and 2017.

The Human Rights Council has 47 member states, with 13 seats from the Asia-Pacific region. The terms of five of the Asia-Pacific members – Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Philippines, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates – are due to expire this year. As there were only five contenders, India’s membership was certain.

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