election of unhrc: India rejoins the UN Human Rights Council; Victory with the support of 184 countries – with an overwhelming Indian majority re-elected to a human rights council

Highlight:

  • Indian Ambassador Says Recognition for the Country
  • India will continue to work to protect human rights
  • The election was held on Thursday

Geneva: India has been re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) after obtaining a majority in the elections to the UN General Assembly.

On Thursday, the 76th UN General Assembly elected 18 members of the Human Rights Council. The term of office of the members is for the next three years starting in January 2022. Membership of the HRC requires the support of at least 97 countries in the 193-member Assembly. But 184 countries voted in favor of India.

Following the electoral victory, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, TS Thirumurthy, said that efforts to promote human rights through dialogue and cooperation would continue. “I am pleased that India has received overwhelming support in the Human Rights Council elections,” he told the PTI news agency.

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India’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council expires on December 31, 2021. There were five vacancies on the list of Asia Pacific countries. India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were expected to complete their terms by the end of the year. Argentina, Benin, Cameroon, Eritrea, Finland, Gambia, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Montenegro, Paraguay, Qatar, Somalia, United Arab Emirates and the US were elected to the new council by secret ballot.

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Having been elected to the committee twice in a row, India will not be able to participate in the next elections. In 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the committee. The United States Ambassador, Linda Thomas Greenfield, has affirmed that President Joe Biden’s electoral promise has been fulfilled with the inclusion of the United States in the list for the new elections.

As of January 2021, 119 of the 193 UN member states are members of the UN HRC. The United Nations says this indicates the diversity of the United Nations and allows all countries to speak out about human rights abuses.

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