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India Elected To United Nations Human Rights Council With Record 188 Votes

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| October 13 , 2018 , 11:12 IST

India on Friday secured a seat at the Human Rights Council in the United Nations with the maximum number of votes.

Among the five contending nations from the Asia Pacific region, India emerged at the top with 188 votes. Apart from India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji and Philippines also claimed the seat in the Asia Pacific Category.

India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations 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.”

The 193-member UN General Assembly held elections for new members to the UN Human Rights Council. The 18 new members were elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot. Countries needed a minimum of 97 votes to get elected to the Council.

The new members will serve a term of three years beginning January 1, 2019. India had previously been elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council for the 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 term. Its last tenure had ended on December 31, 2017.

India's election to the Council is crucial in the backdrop of previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein asking the body to initiate an international probe into allegations of human rights abuses in Kashmir.