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India elected to United Nations human rights body

India elected to United Nations human rights body

But no other country except for Pakistan supported Zeid's call for the inquiry. Along with India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji and the Philippines also staked a claim in the same regional group.

With the victory, the Philippines will get to serve another three-year term in the 47-member Council based in Geneva from 2019 to 2021. 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 a first ever report on Kashmir that was rejected by India.

India's election into UNHRC is important considering previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein who asked the body to facilitate an global commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Kashmir.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the country's reelection to the council for another three-year term is "a recognition that our government respects human rights and will not tolerate abuse by those in authority".

Farhan Haq, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said that the matter was a question for the member states themselves. Candidates needed at least 97 votes to get elected. The US left partly because it saw the group as a forum for hypocrisy about human rights, though also because Washington says the council is anti-Israel.

Thirteen other countries which are representing the other four regions were go elected to the Council.

"The community of nations has viewed the drug menace as a global problem requiring its utmost attention in forcefully dealing with it and forging a united front against the purveyors of its proliferation across the frontiers of the world", he said.

Following the election, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that India's win with the highest number of votes reflects the country's standing in the worldwide comity. The 18 new members were elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot.

The elections were held to total 18 vacant seats in the council.

Countries can be elected for only two consecutive terms and India took a year's break when its term ended in 2017.

The African region also has 13 seats, while East European region has six, West European and others seven, and Latin American and Caribbean eight.

"Such votes make mockery of word "election", said Louis Charbonneau, United Nations Director of the Human Rights Watch, in a tweet.