UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK–– The UN General Assembly has elected fifteen countries into the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, and Ukraine were elected in a vote on Monday,
The elected countries will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018.
Among the 15 outgoing members — Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal, and Qatar — 11 members except for Botswana, the Republic of Congo, India and Indonesia were eligible for re-election. Nigeria and Qatar, which sought a second three-year term, succeeded in their bid.
The UN Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body responsible for fostering and protecting human rights around the world. Its 47 member-states are elected by secret ballot. A majority of 97 votes is needed for election.