PH wins bid for seat in UN Human Rights Council - DFA

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India had previously been elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council for the 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 term.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) earlier urged the United Nations member states to oppose the Philippines' bid for a seat in the UNHRC, citing the killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war against illegal drugs.

In the Asia Pacific category, India got 188 votes followed by Fiji with 187 votes, Bangladesh 178, Bahrain and Philippines 165 each.

"Getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and detractors on President Duterte's unrelenting war against illegal drugs", he said in a statement.

"It's a reflection of India's position in the comity of nations, it's a testament that world community holds India in high esteem". We feel grateful to all the friends in United Nations for their support and it is very reassuring. "Through our national budgets, we have set aside historic funding towards those who are vulnerable in our society, to protect their human rights enshrined in our Constitution; the right to education, healthcare, equal justice, adequate food, clean water, decent housing and many other fundamental rights for human progress and dignity" he said.

"The United States withdrew in June of the Council of human rights of the UN, accusing the institution of" hypocrisy", especially with respect to Israel. All the countries mentioned will be a part of the UNHRC from January 1, 2019. Nations required at least 97 votes to get chose to the Council.

Notably, India wanted a seat in the Asia Pacific category.

Bahrain and Cameroon were also elected. In the nomination pledge, India presented a broader approach to human rights, emphasising on topics such as climate justice, health, and poverty alleviation. The UNHRC has 47 members elected for a period of the span of three years on a regional group basis. Its keep going residency had finished on December 31, 2017 and as per the tenets, it was not qualified for prompt re-appointment since it had just served two successive terms.

Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said that Fiji is honoured to take up this seat on the UN Human Rights Council and grateful to the global community, including many worldwide civil society organisations, for their strong backing of our candidacy.

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