Na­tion re-elected to Hu­man Rights Coun­cil

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By XIN­HUA

The United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly re-elected China to its Hu­man Rights Coun­cil on Fri­day.

China, whose cur­rent term ends on Dec 31, won 180 votes for an­other three­year term.

An­other 12 coun­tries — Tu­nisia, South Africa, Rwanda, Ja­pan, Iraq, Saudi Ara­bia, Hun­gary, Croa­tia, Cuba, Brazil, the United States and the United King­dom — were also elected or re-elected.

The coun­cil is the main UN in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal body re­spon­si­ble for pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing fun­da­men­tal free­doms. It was es­tab­lished by the Gen­eral As­sem­bly in 2006 to re­place the 60-year-old UN Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights. It ad­dresses hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and makes cor­re­spond­ing rec­om­men­da­tions as well as works to pre­vent abuses.

The coun­cil’s 47 mem­bers are elected di­rectly and in­di­vid­u­ally in a se­cret bal­lot by the ma­jor­ity of the 193 mem­bers of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly. They serve for a three­year term and can­not seek im­me­di­ate re-elec­tion af­ter two con­sec­u­tive terms.

Apart from the cur­rent term, from 2014 to 2016, China also served as a mem­ber of the coun­cil from 2006 to 2012.

Mem­ber­ship is based on eq­ui­table ge­o­graph­i­cal dis­tri­bu­tion. Thir­teen seats each are de­voted to states in Africa and the Asia-Pa­cific, eight to Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean, seven to Western Europe and other states, and six to Eastern Europe.

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