|Oct. 16, 2018 -- 18 countries were elected by the UN General Assembly to the UN Human Rights Council on October 12.
The new members, which will serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2019, are Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czechia, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, Togo and Uruguay.
The Geneva-based Human Rights Council comprises 47 seats. On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the give regional groups as follows: 13 seats for Asia Pacific States, 13 seats for Africa States, 8 seats for Latin America and the Caribbean States; 6 seats for Eastern European States; 7 seats for Western European and other States. All the seats are elected by absolute majority through a secret ballot.
By: Shi Dongdong