India elected to UN human rights body

Published: October 13, 2018
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India was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) on Friday, The Times of India reported.

India received 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category after the UN’s 193-member General Assembly voted to elect new members into the top human rights’ body.

18 new members were elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot. Their terms will run for three years beginning January 1.

Indian soldiers set ablaze martyred youth’s house in occupied Kashmir

Earlier in July, the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued its first-ever report documenting human rights abuse by Indian occupation forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK).

The report showed mass protests which erupted after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016 and the brutal use of pellet guns against protesters.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be taking over as the new UN human rights commissioner, succeeding Jordanian diplomat Zeid-Ra’ad al Hussein who released the report.

‘Kashmir has become dreadful battleground’

India’s Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj tweeted a ‘congratulatory’ message from her official Twitter account saying:

This article originally appeared in Times of India.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Jagga
    Oct 13, 2018 - 8:00PM

    Doesn’t this body have 47 member states. Pakistan has also been a member of this. Being a member of human rights body doesn’t absolve Hindustan of the treatment of its minorities and the atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • Sharad Khan
    Oct 13, 2018 - 11:48PM

    Nations who voted for India have been hoodwinked by their lies. The countries who voted for India should consider the brutalities India is committing in Kashmir.Recommend

  • bronco
    Oct 13, 2018 - 11:57PM

    Welcome to a club that includes Venezuela, Philippines, Iraq, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia etc. No wonder the USA resigned it’s membership. Recommend

  • Brijesh Kumar
    Oct 14, 2018 - 6:48AM

    188 out of 193. That’s impressive.Recommend

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