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India wins election to UN Human Rights Council for three years

India wins election to UN Human Rights Council for three years”

But the CHR pointed out that the inclusion of the Philippines in the council was "expected because the Asian group fielded as many candidates as there were seats in the Human Rights Council". "Human rights for us is a matter of natural choice, we are a democracy, we are a robust and vibrant society", he added.

The Philippines was granted another three-year term in the council seat after 165 to 192 member-states voted for it, according to Ambassador Teodoro Locsin, Jr. - who is also the incoming DFA chief.

India's presence on the Council will be important because the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein asked the body to facilitate an global commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Kashmir.

Among the five contending nations from the Asia Pacific region, India emerged at the top with 188 votes.

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Louis Charbonneau, the group's United Nations director, called the vote "ridiculous" and said on Twitter it "makes mockery of (the) word 'election'".

The organisation said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs had been "a killing frenzy that has left thousands dead" and that Eritrean authorities had persecuted and jail government critics. Eritrea has also strongly denied such allegations, and insists that it treats its citizens well.

In the African States category, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia and Togo were elected.

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Haley criticized the United Nations on Friday, saying 'the lack of standards continues to undermine the organization'.

The United States had withdrawn support to the council earlier this year, accusing it of being "bias against Israel" and taking steps that supposedly make a mockery of human rights.

In June, Ms Haley described the council as a "cesspool of political bias" that displayed unending hostility towards Israel - a close USA ally.

The obligations, stated under a UN General Resolution in 2006, require council members to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights. It was again elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014 to three-year terms.

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The 47-member Human Rights Council can spotlight abuses and has special monitors watching certain countries and issues.



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