New members of UN Human Rights' Council criticised

India wins election to UN Human Rights Council with highest number of votes

Bahrain, Cameroon and the Philippines were among a number of nations controversially elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, sparking sharp criticism from rights groups.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley criticized the U.N. Friday after its General Assembly elected new members to the controversial Human Rights Council - including countries with poor human rights records. A total of 18 new members were elected by the absolute majority through a secret ballot, PTI reported.

India's neighbor country Bangladesh which is dealing with Rohingya issue, was also got elected to the Council with 178 votes to the Council. It is serving as Vice President representing the Asia-Pacific Group, according to the DFA.

Given that there were five nations vying for five seats in the Asia Pacific category, India's election to the Council was all but certain.

This is the fifth time India has been elected to the Geneva-based Council, the main body of the United Nations charged with promoting and monitoring human rights.

Around a third of the seats on the 47-member council, based in Geneva, were up for grabs for slots lasting from 2019-2022.

‘Aladdin’ First Look Teaser: Aladdin Finds The Genie’s Lamp
As well as Tim Burton's Dumbo and Jon Favreau's The Lion King , we're getting Guy Ritchie's take on Aladdin in May. Aladdin plans to uses these wishes to win over the handsome Princess Jasmine , but the evil Jafar has other plans.

Before-and-After Footage Shows Mexico Beach After Hurricane Michael
Floridians are just beginning to assess the damage left by Hurricane Michael and preparing for a hard period of recovery. The storm has weakened but continues to travel over the Carolinas to the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with it heavy rains.

US F-35 Jets are Grounded Following Crash
Mr DellaVedova said: " The primary goal following any mishap is the prevention of future incidents ". It cost an estimated $400bn and had a goal to produce 2,500 aircraft in the coming years.

All five of the General Assembly's regional groups had submitted competition-free slates, meaning that all candidates, regardless of their rights records, were virtually assured seats on the council.

The election of Bangladesh to the council is recognition of the progress the country has made in different human rights indices, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen thinks.

Countries can be elected for only two consecutive terms and India took a year's break when its term ended in 2017. Such votes make mockery of word "election".

The body is tasked with promoting and monitoring human rights.

On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the five regional groups as follows: African States, 13 seats; the Asia-Pacific States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, 6 seats; Latin American and Caribbean States, 8 seats; and Western European and other States, 7 seats. In Cameroon, rights activists say civilians have been subjected to abuses amid fighting between English-speaking separatists and government security forces, and it is thought that thousands of people who fled the violence were unable to vote in Sunday's presidential election.

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

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bodies Of 11 Infants Found In Ceiling Of Former Detroit Funeral Home
Oct 14, 2018 - 00:45
The successor to the closed funeral home operates as Cantrell Funeral Services, the paper said. "They're very small remains". The funeral home was closed by state authorities in April after they found numerous violations of state law.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 17 dead after Hurricane Michael batters Florida - and figure likely to rise
Oct 14, 2018 - 00:44
Tornadoes, unsafe winds and more flooding are possible in numerous same areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Twenty survivors were found in the town overnight, AP reports, but 285 had refused to obey warnings to evacuate.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kevin Campbell comments on Liverpool-linked Aaron Ramsey situation at Arsenal
Oct 14, 2018 - 00:42
He further said , "So I just have to carry on playing my football and do my best for Arsenal this season". The Wales star opted to move to Arsenal despite interest from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump welcomes Kanye West to the Oval Office
Oct 12, 2018 - 06:28
Bush said in 2010 that he felt West's accusation was the " all-time low " point of his two-term presidency. If you thought Kanye West would have air-tight security you couldn't be further from the truth.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Soyuz MS-10: Russian spacecraft makes emergency landing on Earth
Oct 12, 2018 - 06:21
Popular Mechanics describes ballistic re-entry as "steep and short" compared to the long, flat profile of a "controlled descent". NASA says two astronauts from the USA and Russian Federation will be flown to Moscow after they made an emergency landing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top South Korea Defers to Trump on Keeping North Korea Sanctions
Oct 12, 2018 - 06:13
It also provides for a reduction of weaponry and guards at the border and the defining of sections of the Demilitarised Zone. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement there has yet to be a "full-fledged" review on the lifting of the May 24 measures.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Save Malaysians on death row elsewhere too, says rights group
Oct 12, 2018 - 05:25
Surendran claimed there were now "hundreds of Malaysians" on death row in foreign countries, particularly for being drug mules. Malaysian police stand guard as anti-death penalty activists protest in Kuala Lumpur .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens
Oct 12, 2018 - 05:13
One can use any Alexa to have songs play simultaneously on yours and someone else's Portal for a decentralised dance party. The Portal Plus costs $349 and a 1080p screen that rotates into either portrait or landscape mode with a gentle push.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Israeli help reportedly sought in '16 race
Oct 12, 2018 - 04:22
Nevertheless, the Times found no evidence that the Trump campaign ultimately accepted and employed the services of Psy-Group. Cruz, at the time , was the only person standing between Donald Trump and the Republican nomination.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Selena Gomez Seeks Treatment After Suffering Emotional Breakdown
Oct 12, 2018 - 04:12
A source close to Justin told HL EXCLUSIVELY whether he'll reach out to her or not. She wrote: "Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody's feelings".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Storm Callum to BATTER Glasgow with heavy rain and strong winds
Oct 12, 2018 - 03:26
It comes after the United Kingdom enjoyed unseasonably high temperatures on Wednesday with Northolt, London, reaching 24.6C. The worst of the winds will impact on Friday morning rush hour, people will be travelling in Scotland for October holidays.

UPMC confirms 3 suspected cases of rare disease that paralyzes children
Oct 12, 2018 - 03:26
"Some children have persisting swallowing problems so they're still dealing with the complications of using a feeding tube". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . "We're working closely with medical providers and public health agencies".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top $3 million raised for Susan Collins' 2020 challenger
Oct 12, 2018 - 02:55
He's already done the opposite - in part by appearing next to President Trump's highly partisan White House remarks . Collins added: "She'd have to move to the state to become a legal resident".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dow Jones drops 546 points as global market sell-off persists
Oct 12, 2018 - 02:51
Some market watchers had predicted a bounce on Thursday after Wednesday's pullback, Wall Street's worst day since February. The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 3.22 per cent from 3.20 per cent late Tuesday after earlier touching 3.24 per cent.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tweedledee and Tweedledum: Kanye and Trump have lunch at the White House
Oct 12, 2018 - 02:50
And I could have lost $200 million walking away from that deal. "We need prototypes so we can start working again", he said . Kanye later said his 10-minute speech was "from the soul, I just channeled it". "I'm standing in that spot", West replied.