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13 October 2018, 01:15 | Devin Moran
Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Teddy Locsin Jr. and Maria Fernanda Espinosa President of the UN General Assembly. DFA handout
The countries needed a minimum of 97 votes to get elected to the council.
This is the fifth time India has been elected to the Geneva-based Council, the main body of the United Nations charged with promoting and monitoring human rights.
India will be with China, Nepal, and Pakistan which were elected to the 47-member Council last years for the three-year terms.
"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. The other members in the bloc are Bahrain, Fiji and the Philippines.
The Philippines on Friday garnered 165 of the 192 votes to win a seat at the UN Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body "responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe".
For the first time since the council was created in 2006, each voting region agreed in advance on 18 candidates to be in the running for 18 seats - removing any competition. The 18 new members were elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot. However, no other country has backed Zeid call for the investigation.
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.
However, Ms Haley, who abruptly announced her exit as the UN Ambassador on Tuesday, said, "This lack of standards continues to undermine the organisation and demonstrates again why the United States was right to withdraw from it earlier this year".
Such votes make mockery of word "election".
The Philippines government has previously dismissed claims of human rights abuses, saying President Duterte had employed "lawful use of force" against threats to the country.
The UNHRC meets three times a year, and reviews the human rights records of all UN members in a special process that gives countries the chance to say what they have done to improve human rights, known as the Universal Periodic Review.
"Only this year the government of 36-year ruler Paul Biya has been found burning villages in the Anglophone areas of the country, disappearing political opponents, and summarily executing women and children, on film", he said.
De Guia said the CHR will continue to help the United Nations monitor the human rights situation in the Philippines.
The elections had been criticized by a host of other human rights groups as well.
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