General Assembly Elects 18 Member States to Human Rights Council, Allowing Vote by 3 Member States in Article 19 Exemption over Financial Dues

GA/12077
12 October 2018
Seventy-third Session, 19th Meeting (AM)

General Assembly Elects 18 Member States to Human Rights Council, Allowing Vote by 3 Member States in Article 19 Exemption over Financial Dues

The General Assembly today elected 18 States to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe.

By secret ballot, the Assembly elected Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czechia, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, Togo and Uruguay.  All 18 members will serve three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2019.

The 18 outgoing members are Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.  In accordance with Assembly resolution 60/251, those Member States were eligible for immediate re-election except delegations which had already served two consecutive terms – Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The 18 new members were elected according to the following pattern:  5 seats for African States; 5 seats for Asia-Pacific States; 2 seats for Eastern European States; 3 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States; and 3 seats for Western European and other States.

Newly elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council were Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czechia, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Somalia and Uruguay.  The Philippines and Togo were re-elected for an additional term.

Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) announced that the following States will also continue as members of the Council:  Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Created by the General Assembly in March 2006 as the principal United Nations entity dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council comprises 47 elected Member States.  On the basis of equitable geographical distribution, Council seats are allocated to the five regional groups as follows:  African States, 13 seats; Asia-Pacific States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, 6 seats; Latin American and Caribbean States, 8 seats; and Western European and other States, 7 seats.

In other business, the Assembly adopted, without a vote, a draft resolution titled “Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations”, contained in a report (document A/73/421) of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).  By that text, the Assembly agreed that the failure of three Member States — Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe, and Somalia — to pay the full minimum amount of their financial contributions to the Organization is due to “conditions out of their control”.  It therefore decided to permit those Member States to cast their votes in the Assembly until the end of the seventy‑third session, through an exemption set out in Article 19 of the United Nations Charter.

Also today, the President informed Member States that on 4 October, Dee‑Maxwell Saah Kemayah (Liberia) was elected Chair of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) at its seventy-third session, and accordingly is a member of the General Committee for the session.

The General Assembly will reconvene at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 October, to consider a draft resolution titled “Chair of the Group of 77 for 2019” under its agenda cluster on strengthening the United Nations system.

Voting Results

African States

 

Number of ballots:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid votes:

193

Number of abstentions:

1

Number of members voting:

192

Majority required:

97

Number of votes obtained:

 

Burkina Faso

183

Togo

181

Cameroon

176

Somalia

170

Eritrea

160

Asia-Pacific States

 

Number of ballots:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid votes:

193

Number of abstentions:

1

Number of members voting:

192

Majority required:

97

Number of votes obtained:

 

India

188

Fiji

187

Bangladesh

178

Bahrain

165

Philippines

165

Eastern European States

 

Number of ballots:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid votes:

193

Number of abstentions:

5

Number of members voting:

188

Majority required:

97

Number of votes obtained:

 

Bulgaria

180

Czechia

178

Latin American and Caribbean States

 

Number of ballots:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid votes:

193

Number of abstentions:

4

Number of members voting:

189

Majority required:

97

Number of votes obtained:

 

Bahamas

180

Uruguay

177

Argentina

172

Western European and other States

 

Number of ballots:

193

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid votes:

193

Number of abstentions:

4

Number of members voting:

189

Majority required:

97

Number of votes obtained:

 

Italy

180

Austria

171

Denmark

167

United States

1

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