US, rights groups say United Nations rights council vote awards abusers

US, rights groups say United Nations rights council vote awards abusers

US, rights groups say United Nations rights council vote awards abusers

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will monitor the Philippines' participation in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure that the country fulfills its obligations as a member of the council. A total of 18 new members were elected by the absolute majority through a secret ballot, PTI reported. It secured 188 votes last night in the Asia-Pacific category for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019.

"The Philippines' election ... is a recognition that our government respects human rights and will not tolerate abuse by those in authority", said Salvador Panelo, presidential spokesperson and chief legal counsel.

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

Hours before the vote, Cayetano slammed Iceland, HRW and other nongovernment groups for calling on other countries not to support Manila's reelection bid.

Serious rights violations in Bahrain and Cameroon also raise significant concerns, it said.

The victory of India came after the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein asked the body to do an worldwide commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Kashmir.

"Getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and detractors on President Duterte's unrelenting war against illegal drugs", he said.

The UN General Assembly in NY approved the new members in a vote on Friday.

The UN set up the council in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, which faced widespread criticism for letting countries with poor human rights records become members.

"This lack of standards continues to undermine the organization", she said.

The elections had been criticized by a host of other human rights groups as well.

But ahead of the vote, aid group Human Rights Watch had slammed this year's process which saw every candidate run unopposed, thus assuring them a seat on the Council "regardless of their rights records".

The other countries elected to the UNHRC were Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, India, Italy, Togo and Uruguay.

Nikki Haley, who this week announced her resignation as United States ambassador to the UN, described the council at the time as "a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias".

Nikki Haley, who this week announced her resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Friday's vote demonstrated why the United States was right to withdraw from the council, which Washington called a "hypocritical" body that "makes a mockery of human rights".

In the nomination pledge, India also presented a broader approach to human rights, emphasising climate justice, health and poverty alleviation.

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