Items for Box
Highlights of the 75th General Assembly Session
- Saudi Arabia was defeated in the elections for the four seats up for vote to represent Asian and Pacific countries getting only 90 votes, seven shy of the 97 required for election.
- Russia, which was defeated in 2016 by two votes having received only 112, made a comeback getting 158 votes.
- Ukraine, its regional adversary, ran unopposed for the other seat.
- Pakistan got 169 votes in the election held by secret paper ballot with COVID-19 precautions, and Nepal 150.
- The two South Asian countries are members of the council with their current terms ending on December 31 and will now serve for three more years.
- India and Bangladesh are also a member of the council last elected in 2018 to the term starting in 2019 and running out at the end of next year.
- India had previously been elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council for the 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 terms.
- Uzbekistan was the fourth country elected from the Asia Pacific region with 169 votes.
- France, Britain, Cuba and Mexico were among the 15 countries elected to represent other regions at the 47-member council based in Geneva.