Nation re-elected to Human Rights Council
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.