US wins re-election to UN Human Rights Council

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gives a speech at the UN Human Rights Council on 10/9/12 The UN Human Rights Council was created in 2006

Related Stories

The United States has been elected to the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council for another three-year term.

Germany and Ireland were also elected by the 193-member General Assembly for seats on the Geneva-based council.

Their regional grouping, Western nations, was the only contested election - Sweden and Greece also ran for seats.

Fifteen other countries, uncontested by their regional groupings, also received seats on the council.

They are Argentina, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Montenegro, Pakistan, South Korea, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 to replace the UN's widely-discredited Human Rights Commission.

But the council has faced similar criticism to the commission, with the election of countries with questionable track records in human rights.

The administration of US President George W Bush refused to join the council when it was created, accusing it of repeatedly criticising Israel while failing to comment on rights abuses elsewhere.

But that policy was reversed by his successor Barack Obama, whose administration said it wanted to work from within the council to improve the UN human rights system.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Europe stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases


  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up


  • A woman gets a Thanksgiving meal at a church in FergusonFamily fears

    Three generations in Ferguson share Thanksgiving reflections


  • Canada joins TwitterTweet North

    Canada's self-deprecating social media feed


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • IslandsUnmapped places

    Will the age-old quest to capture uncharted land and space ever end?

Programmes

  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.