PH wins seat in United Nations human rights body

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It also condemned the election of Eritrea and Bahrain on the Council citing their government's persecution and jailing of critics and human rights defenders and argued that "grave abuses against residents of the country's Anglophone region" have been committed in Cameroon by government security forces and armed separatists.

"The Philippines' credibility to be part of this body rests on its ability to effect actions that will concretely address these allegations, in line with its mandate to promote, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all and not just of a select few", De Guia said.

India was elected to the United Nations' top human rights body on Friday, for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019. More than 30 Western countries have called on the Philippines to allow a United Nations probe into alleged human rights abuses.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other rights groups also raised red flags about some other countries elected to the council Friday, including Bahrain and Cameroon.

Photo shows a general view of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva.

It was created in 2006. The 18 new members were elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot.

The new members elected Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia and Togo in the African States category, Bulgaria and Czech Republic in the Eastern European States group, Argentina, Bahamas and Uruguay in the Latin American and Caribbean States group and Austria, Denmark and Italy in the Western European and other States category.

Nikki Haley, who this week announced her resignation as United States ambassador to the UN, said Friday's vote demonstrates why the U.S. was right to withdraw.

Following the election, Akbaruddin tweeted, "Voting for a Happy Outcome".

Earlier, an worldwide human rights group has expressed strong opposition to the Philippines' candidacy for the UHNRC, citing the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign.

The Philippines will join at a time when President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left more than 4,800 mostly poor suspects dead in clashes with police, by the government's account; rights groups say the toll is much higher. Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet assumed the role of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in September this year, succeeding Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who had in June this year released a first ever report on Kashmir that was rejected by India.

All five of the General Assembly's regional groups had submitted competition-free slates, meaning that all candidates, regardless of their rights records, were virtually assured seats on the council. "This lack of standards continues to undermine the organization", she said.

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