India wins seat to Human Rights Council at United Nations with highest votes

India wins seat to Human Rights Council at United Nations with highest votes

The Philippines on Friday won a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council despite strong opposition from an worldwide human rights group, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said.

The UN General Assembly in NY approved the new members in a vote on Friday. Candidates needed at least 97 votes to get elected. It meets three times a year and its aim is to promote and protect human rights around the world. "This lack of standards continues to undermine the organization", she said.

"For too long the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias", she said in June of this year, announcing the United States' departure.

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"It's clear that the world expects the members of worldwide bodies to abide by a certain set of standards of behavior consistent with the bodies they have been elected to", said Monica Grayley, a spokeswoman for General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces. More than 30 Western countries have called on the Philippines to allow a United Nations probe into alleged human rights abuses.

The UN set up the council in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, which faced widespread criticism for letting countries with poor human rights records become members.

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The regional group endorsed five countries, which matched the number of seats open for election this year, and they were the only countries on the ballot.

He went as far as saying that the anti-drug campaign was the Philippines' brand of human rights advocacy.

Eritrea has been widely condemned as one of the most repressive countries in the world. A United Nations commission of inquiry in recent years found widespread human rights abuses, including forced labor. The government denies the allegations. Along with India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji and the Philippines also staked a claim in the same regional group.

Bahrain has been cracking down on dissent.

Campaigners had urged United Nations member states to oppose the candidacy of the Philippines and Eritrea and said the choice of Bahrain and Cameroon raised "significant concerns".

The new members elected Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia and Togo in the African States category, Bulgaria and Czech Republic in the Eastern European States group, Argentina, Bahamas and Uruguay in the Latin American and Caribbean States group and Austria, Denmark and Italy in the Western European and other States category.

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