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Russia fails to win UN Human Rights Council seat

More than 80 rights and aid agencies; including Human Rights Watch, CARE International and Refugees International had appealed to remove Moscow from the council a week before voting took place.? Photograph: (AFP)

WION United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, United States Oct 29, 2016, 03.10 AM (IST)

Russia failed to win a UN Human Rights Council seat on Friday, instead, Hungary and Croatia received votes to represent the eastern Europe group on the council. 

 

UN General Assembly's 193 states voted to fill in 14 seats at the 47-nation council for the year 2017. 

 

Croatia and Hungary won the two seats for eastern Europe by 114 and 144 votes respectively. Russia received 112 votes. 

 

More than 80 rights and aid agencies; including Human Rights Watch, CARE International and Refugees International appealed to the member countries, a week before elections to oust Russia from the council for repeated Human Rights violations, AFP reported. 

 

The demand came after Moscow's continuous onslaught on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo despite global condemnation. 

 

However, countries like Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt and Cuba criticised for rights abuses, won seats in the council. 

 

Croatia, Iraq and Rwanda won seats for the first time.

 

Britain, US won two seats representing the western group while Japan, South Africa, Tunisia won a seat each from their respective regions. 

 

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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