Russia Loses Seat on U.N. Human Rights Council

Russia lost its bid to be re-elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The campaign against Russia’s seat on the council had been championed by various human rights groups who cited Russia’s bombing of Syria as a human rights violation.

It is uncommon for one of the five permanent U.N. Security Council member nations to lose any major U.N. election. However, the same thing happened to the United States when in 2001 they failed to win a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which has since been replaced by the Human Rights Council.

After Croatia and Hungary beat Russia in their regional contest, the Human Rights Watch’s U.N. director, Louis Charbonneau, said that the vote “also shows how important it is to have competitive slates in U.N. elections. Countries should have a chance to reject those whose candidacies are severely compromised.”

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