India wins election to UN Human Rights Council

India wins election to UN Human Rights Council

What is Important?
UPSC perspective:
Prelims: About UNHRC
Mains Paper 2: Impact

Why in News?

India was elected to the United Nations’ top human rights body on Friday for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019, getting 188 votes in the Asia Pacific category, the highest number of votes among all candidates.
UNHRC SOGI supporters (2011)

India gets re-elected

*The 193-member UNGA held elections here for new members to the UN Human Rights Council.

*India is relected to UNHRC with the highest vote among all candidates for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019, getting 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category, the highest number of votes among all candidates.

*Countries needed a minimum of 97 votes to get elected to the Council.

United Nations Human Rights Council

*The HRC was established in 2006 as part of the UN’s reform process.

*It replaced the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

*UNHRC is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system, made up of 47 States.

*Members are elected by the UNGA with 3-year terms, with a maximum of 2 consecutive terms.

*On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the five regional groups.

*They are as follows: African States, 13 seats; 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.



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