15 new countries elected to UN Human Rights Council

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A wide view of the Human Rights Council at its eighteenth session, in Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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

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

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

Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly, made the announcement.

"The following 15 States have thus been elected members of the Human Rights Council for a three year term in office beginning first of January 2015: Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, the Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal and Qatar."  (38″)

Composed of 47 Member States, the membership of the UN Human Rights Council is based on equitable geographical distribution.

Some countries like the Republic of Congo have been elected for a second time.

The Members cannot be re-elected after two consecutive terms.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:   1’18″

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