Russia voted off UN Human Rights Council

 
Russia voted off UN Human Rights Council
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In a stunning rebuke from the UN General Assembly, Russia has lost its seat on the UN Human Rights Council for its alleged war crimes in Syria, New York Times reports.

The assembly on Friday elected 14 members to the 47-nation council, the UN's body charged with promoting and protecting human rights.

Russia, which got 112 votes lost its regional seat to Hungary, which garnered 144 votes.

The UN director at Human Rights Watch said that, in rejecting Russia's bid for re-election, UN member states had sent a strong message to the Kremlin about its support for the Assad regime.

It was the first time a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council had lost a seat on the Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body established in 2006 to strengthen “the promotion and protection of human rights.” The council’s members are elected for three-year terms.

Human rights groups had also called for countries to reject the candidacy of Saudi Arabia for its attacks against civilians in Yemen, but Riyadh maintained its place as it was running unopposed for its regional seat.

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