India re-elected unopposed to UN Human Rights Council for sixth time period

On Thursday, India was re-elected to the Human Rights Council for a three-year time period. It will start subsequent 12 months in 2022 with a pledge to “to bring its pluralistic, moderate and balanced perspective to straddle various divides or differences in the Council”.

Notably, India acquired 184 of the 193 votes forged within the election. India’s decree for the election harassed that the event and stability of human rights had been greatest served by “dialogue, cooperation, and constructive and collaborative engagement”.

A complete of 18 seats had been up for election in 2021 below the system of rotating membership with three-year phrases on the 47-member Council.

The Asia group of nations unanimously endorsed India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates for the 5 seats for the area that had been up for election this 12 months making certain their unopposed election.

Despite the unanimity, two spoiler votes had been forged – one every for Fiji and the Maldives.

The other regional ballots had been 5 for Africa, three every for the 2 teams, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western and Other Countries, and two for Eastern Europe. They had been additionally non-competitive as the assorted teams had endorsed solely as many nations as there have been vacancies.

The US, which rejoined the Council this 12 months after President Joe Biden assumed office, contested the election and was elected, however with solely 168 votes, the bottom variety of votes of the 18 nations.

Former President Donald Trump had withdrawn the US from the Council in 2018 criticising it for having severe human rights violators like China, Cuba, and Venezuela as members and for what he referred to as its “anti-Israel” stance.

The Secretary of State had stated that Washington’s withdrawal had created a vacuum on the Council that authoritarian nations had taken benefit of and to redress this, the US “must be at the table using the full weight of our diplomatic leadership”.

This 12 months’s elections had been non-controversial as none of these three nations — or others liable to stir controversies — had been on the poll.

India was elected in 2018 to the present time period that started in 2019 and after its election this time it will not have the ability to search re-election in 2024 as a result of the principles don’t permit a rustic to serve greater than two consecutive phrases.

It was among the many first batch of 47 nations elected to the Council in 2006 quickly after it was arrange and acquired an preliminary one-year time period as a substitute of three to facilitate a rotating roster of vacancies annually.

It was once more elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014 to three-year phrases.

The manifesto spoke at size about buttressing human rights by motion within the socio-economic arenas like constructing again higher from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The right to free speech and expression occupies its rightful place in the core of the Constitution. As the world’s largest, multi-layered democracy, India fully recognises the importance of free speech and expression. The Supreme Court and other courts in India, through their judicial pronouncements, have significantly expanded the scope of the right to freedom of speech and expression by including other rights, such as the right to freedom of the press, the right to information, and even the right to remain silent within its purview.”

It contained a 23-point pledge that included continued cooperation “with treaty monitoring bodies and engage constructively with them in the context of fulfilling its human rights obligations”, help to “the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, including through regular voluntary contributions, and acceptance of “requests for visits”.

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