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Indonesia elected to UN rights panel
In a General Assembly vote, Indonesia was elected along with India, the Philippines, and Kuwait, on a clean or uncontested, slate of Asian nations for three-year council terms.
Kuwait stepped into the race last week after Western countries persuaded Arab states that Syria was not a suitable candidate.
Africa and Western Europe also presented clean slates on Friday, but there were contested votes for Eastern Europe — where the Czech Republic and Romania defeated Georgia — and Latin America, where Chile and Costa Rica edged out Nicaragua.
The 47-nation Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, is the main UN body charged with monitoring member states' compliance with international rights norms.
On Thursday, UN Watch listed Indonesia, along with the Philippines, India and Burkina Faso, as having questionable qualifications, while the advocacy group said Kuwait, Nicuargua and the Congo were unqualified to sit on the UN's top human rights body.
“Unfortunately, some of the worst violators of human rights get elected” to the body, Hillel Neur, the head of UN Watch said at UN headquarters on Thursday, on the eve of the vote.
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