Again a very proud moment for the nation as India got elected for the United Nation Human Right Body for a long span of three years embarking from January 1, 2019. India got 188 votes out of 193 in the Asia Pacific category which is the highest number of votes among the all candidates making their presence there.
The UN General Assembly includes 193- members which organized elections for the selection of new members to the Human Rights Council and in total 18 new members were selected by the majority through a secret ballot.
India was competing for a seat in the Asia Pacific category, apart from India, Bahrain Bangladesh, Fiji and Philippines has also competed for the same regional group, altogether 5 nations were standing for 5 seats in the Asia Pacific category. For winning the election the vying countries needed a minimum of 97 votes wherein India had tremendous winning with 188 votes.
After the election, India's Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told to the Press Trust Of India that India has won with the highest number of votes. which "reflects India's standing in the international comity."
The results were declared where India got 188 votes followed by Fiji with 1 vote less that is 187, then Bangladesh with 178 and Bahrain and the Philippines each with 165 votes. India had the biggest victory overall 18 countries vying in the 5 regional categories.
Now the new members will serve for a tenure of three years which is going to begin from January 1, 2019. From achievement point of view, India had previously been elected to Geneva-based Human Rights Council for the 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 term.
As per the Geographical Distribution, council seats are allocated to the five regional groups in the following way: