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top human rights body. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the election another example of why the Human Rights Council lacks credibility and must be reformed in order to be saved. previously dangled the possibility that the United States could quit the council during a visit to its Geneva headquarters in June, when she lambasted the 47 nation body as a for politics, hypocrisy and evasion that allows rights abusers to whitewash their images and foes of Israel to criticize the Jewish state unfairly.

In a statement after the 193 member General Assembly voted Congo onto the Human Rights Council as part of an uncontested African slate for a three year term starting Jan. 1, Haley said the rights organization endure many more blows to its credibility before it is rendered absolutely meaningless. withdrawal from the council. She said in June the United States wants to see two key reforms: the use of competitive elections to choose the council 47 members and removal of Israel as a permanent fixture on its agenda the only country in the world that has a permanent spot. need a unified voice of moral clarity with backbone and integrity to call out abusive governments. This election has once again proven that the Human Rights Council, as presently constituted, is not that voice. director at Human Rights Watch, called Congo election slap in the face to the many victims of the Congolese government grave abuses across the country. But that was still far about the 97 votes needed to win a seat.

The relatively low total shows President Joseph Kabila Congo fast becoming a pariah state. If there had been competition, it probably would have lost, Charbonneau said.

The only contested slate was in Asia where six countries vied for four seats. Nepal topped the vote, followed by Qatar and Pakistan. Afghanistan, which got 130 votes, beat out Malaysia by a single vote for the fourth seat. The Maldives also lost.
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