India on Friday won a seat to Human Rights Council at United Nations with highest votes among all other candidates. As per reports, India got 188 votes out of 193 – highest for any contesting candidate.
In a tweet, India’s Ambassador to UN Syed Akbaruddin said, “Thanks to the support of all our friends UN, India wins seat to Human Rights Council with highest votes among all candidates.” He later said that India will continue its balance and moderate approach towards the promotion and protection of human rights globally. “India’s election to the UNHRC is a reflection of high standing that our country enjoys globally,” he added.
Voting for a Happy Outcome.
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) October 12, 2018
After winning the election, India is all set to join China, Pakistan and Nepal which were elected in previous years for three-year terms.
Seats in the 47-member Council are allocated based on “equitable regional distribution” leaving Asia Pacific region 13 seats.
Notably, five countries including India contested the election for five vacancies in the Asia Pacific region – thereby assuring the election of all five. The other four candidates are Bangladesh, Bahrain, Fiji and the Philippines.
India was first elected to the Commission in 2006 for a one-year term and then later in 2007, 2011 and 2014 for three-year terms.