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Nikki Haley criticizes United Nations for electing human rights abusers to council

Nikki Haley criticizes United Nations for electing human rights abusers to council

Human rights groups and the United States said U.N. Human Rights Council elections Friday gave abusive countries a seat at a table where they should be called out, as nations including the Philippines and Eritrea won an uncontested election.

BAHRAIN, Cameroon and the Philippines were among a number of nations controversially elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday, sparking sharp criticism from rights groups and the United States.

A total of 18 new members were elected to the 47-member UNHRC by the majority of members of the UN General Assembly through a secret ballot and a minimum of 97 votes are required to get elected to the council. This victory is the fruitful outcome of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's policies which ensured the respect for and protection of human rights, and paved the way for reforms in various fields through the National Action Charter and the Constitution, the main sources of human rights in the kingdom, the National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR) said in a statement.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin revealed to PTI that India's win mirrors the nation's remaining in the universal network.

When it nominated itself for the Council, India showcased its position as "the world's largest democracy (and) India's secular polity".

"There were 18 candidates and we got the highest votes. Human rights for us is a matter of natural choice, we are a democracy, we are a robust and vibrant society", he added.

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The council's has had Sri Lanka's human rights violations on its agenda since 2012.

For the first time in the council's history, the five voting regions had only put forward as many candidates as there were seats available, thus removing any competition.

India will join China, Nepal and Pakistan who have been elected previous year in the council. 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. All the countries mentioned will be a part of the UNHRC from January 1, 2019.

It was again elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014 to three-year-terms.

According to the Hindustan Times, India's presence in the council is very important due to previous United Nations high commissioner for human rights Zaid Raad Al Hussein demanding an global commission of inquiry into allegations of human violations in Kashmir. In the nomination pledge, India presented a broader approach to human rights, emphasising on topics such as climate justice, health, and poverty alleviation.