World Bulletin / News Desk
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday elected 18 countries to serve on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
Burundi, Belgium, Ecuador, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Slovenia, Switzerland and Togo were elected to three-year terms beginning Jan. 1.
The United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Germany, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Korea, whose terms were due to expire at the end of the year, were also re-elected.
The 47-member council has the ability to discuss human rights issues and adopt non-binding resolutions on abuses, when it chooses to do so.
When electing council members, countries were required "to take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made in this regard", according to the General Assembly resolution that established the council in 2006.
The losers in Wednesday's election were Pakistan, Laos and Bahamas which failed to receive enough votes.
The council's outgoing members are the U.S., Gabon, Sierra Leone, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Estonia, Montenegro, Argentina, Brazil and Ireland.Last Mod: 29 Ekim 2015, 09:23