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.
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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.
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India's Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj tweeted a 'congratulatory' message from her official Twitter account saying:
I am happy to inform that India has been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council with highest number of votes. We have secured 188 votes out of 193.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 13, 2018
This article originally appeared in Times of India.
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