India, has won a seat at Human Rights Council at United Nations (UN) with the highest votes among all candidates. The election took place at UN General Assembly. India received the massive success with a pledge to combat intolerance.
India received as many as 188 votes, the highest polled by any of the 18 countries elected in the voting. This is the fifth time India has been elected to the Geneva-based Council, the main body of the UN charged with promoting and monitoring human rights.
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 international commission of enquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Kashmir. His successor Michelle Bachelet and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have backed Zeid’s recommendation, which Pakistan — a member of the Council — is campaigning for.So far, no other country has backed Zeid’s call for the investigation.
India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, said that New Delhi would continue its balance and moderate approach towards the protection of human rights across the world.
India was elected to the Human Rights Council at United Nations for a period of three years, beginning January 1, 2019, in the Asia-Pacific category. He said that India’s victory at the UN General Assembly during elections to human rights council is a reflection of high standing that our country enjoys globally. “We are grateful to the many friends that we’ve across the globe who came out and voted in such large numbers to ensure that India got the highest number of votes among all the 18 candidates,“ he added.
Bangladesh, which is at the frontlines of dealing with the Rohingya crisis, was also elected with 178 votes to the Council to fill one of the five vacancies for three year terms from the Asia-Pacific region. In January India will join China and Nepal, besides Pakistan, which were elected to the 47-member Council in previous years to serve three-year terms.