India was re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term on Thursday with an overwhelming majority in the General Assembly, with New Delhi’s envoy here describing the election as a “robust endorsement” of the country’s strong roots in democracy, pluralism and fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.
T S Tirumurti, Ambassador of India to United Nations, New York, took to Twitter and announced India’s election for the sixth term.
He expressed gratitude towards UN member states and wrote, “India gets elected to UN #HumanRightsCouncil by a overwhelming majority. As a democratic & pluralistic country adhering to fundamental rights, Flag of Indiawill continue to further #HumanRights issues (sic). “
The UN General Assembly elected by secret ballot Argentina, Benin, Cameroon, Eritrea, Finland, Gambia, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Montenegro, Paraguay, Qatar, Somalia, UAE and the USA.
India got 184 votes in the 193-member assembly, while the required majority was 97.
India’s current term was set to end on December 31 2021. For election for the term 2022-2024, there were five vacant seats in the Asia-Pacific States category – India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
The members of the Council shall serve for a period of three years and shall not be eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms.