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Bad news for pseudo seculars, India enters into UN Human Rights commission with highest votes!

In a proud moment for all Indians, the United Nations Top Human Rights body has elected India with the majority of votes among all other countries present there! India was elected for a period of 3 Years beginning from the 1st of January, 2019. India has managed to bag 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category, the highest number of votes among all candidates! Now that’s a major victory to India, beating all other major countries in the race.

The 193 Member UN General Assembly held elections here for new members to the UN Human Rights Council. The 18 new members were elected by Absolute majority through a secret ballot. Each of the country needed a minimum of 97 votes to get elected to the Council. It is appreciable that India has bagged 91 more votes to stand out of the crowd.

Five countries including India contested the election for five vacancies in the Asia Pacific region – thereby assuring the election of all five. The other four candidates are Bangladesh, Bahrain, Fiji and the Philippines.

Expressing her joy over this major boost to Indian counterpart, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted this: 

It was in the year 2006, that India was first elected to the Commission for a 1 Year Term. The later years were 2007, 2011 and 2014 that India repeated its term for 3 Year Term.

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. Hussein’s demand was reiterated by his successor Michelle Bachelet and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – a demand Pakistan has long campaigned for.

As per reports,India will join China, Pakistan and Nepal which were elected in previous years for 3 year terms. Seats in the 47-member Council are allocated based on “equitable regional distribution” leaving Asia Pacific region 13 seats.

Following the election, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told that India’s win with the highest number of votes “reflects India’s standing in the International comity”.

“Thanks to the support of all our friends UN, India wins seat to Human Rights Council with highest votes among all candidates, India’s Ambassador to UN Syed Akbaruddin said in a statement on Twitter.

He later said India will continue its balance and moderate approach towards the promotion and protection of human rights globally. “India’s election to the UNHRC is a reflection of high standing that our country enjoys globally,” he added.

Source: Timesnow news


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