New Delhi, Oct 12: India was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with the highest number of votes.
India attained 188 votes, the highest polled by any of the 18 countries elected in the polling.
India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told IANS after the vote, “It is a reflection of how the world community sees India and its role in the world. Human rights for us is a matter of natural choice, we are a democracy, we are a robust and vibrant society,” he added.
On the Council, Akbaruddin said, “You will find us active on a whole host of things relating to human rights, but also in a non-confrontational way and and trying to promote a balanced approach to human right.”
When it nominated itself for the Council, India pledged that it “will continue to support international efforts to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
External Affairs Minister on Saturday took Twitter to express her happiness. She tweeted ” I am happy to inform that India has been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council with highest number of votes. We have secured 188 votes out of 193″.