Elected with highest number of votes at the United Nation Human Rights Council election, India will now serve as UN’s top human rights body from January 1, 2019Elected with highest number of votes at the United Nation Human Rights Council election, India will now serve as UN’s top human rights body from January 1, 2019.

An election was held at the UN today to choose the next Human Rights body as per continent-wise categories. Under the Asia-specific category, countries including India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji, Philippines and 18 other countries participated for the election. To win the election, a country needs minimum 97 votes and would be the part of the UNHRC, which is the topmost human rights body in the world.

Among all, India received188 votes in the Asia-Specific Category to mark the the highest among all the candidates, while Fiji, just a vote behind with 187 scored the second position. Bangladesh won 178 votes, while Bahrain and Philippines got 165 votes. With the highest number of votes, India became the winner among a total of 18 countries in five regional categories and will be the part of the United Nation Human Rights Council from the next tenure that begins from January 1, 2019 and will continue the three-year-long tenure that ends on December 31, 2021.

Soon after the election,India’s permanent representative to the United Nations Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin on India’s winning of this election said, “It reflects India’s standing in the international comity.” He also tweeted, “Voting for a Happy Outcome. Thanks to the support of all our friends @UN, India wins the seat to Human Rights Council with the highest votes among all candidates.” Sushma Swaraj also welcomed the win with a tweet.

However, this is not India’s first win at the UNHRC as it was was previously elected to the Geneva-based human rights council for the term 2011-2014 and 2014-2017.

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