15 countries vying for seats on UN Human Rights Council

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Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Fifteen new members are on Tuesday being elected to sit on the UN Human Rights Council.

The Council was created by the General Assembly in 2006 to address human rights violations.

Composed of 47 Member States, its Membership is based on equitable geographical distribution.

The five regional groups include Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

Some countries like the Republic of Congo and Costa Rica are running for a second time.

Qatar and Thailand are also vying for a seat.

The Members serve for three years and cannot be re-elected after two consecutive terms.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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