Russia Fails to Win Re-election to UN Human Rights Council


Russia failed to win re-election to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, a action seen as a rebuke for the country’s military support of the Syrian government.

In a secret ballot, the 193-member General Assembly elected 14 members to the 47-nation council, which is the main U.N. body charged with promoting and protecting human rights.

Hungary, which received 144 votes, and Croatia, with 114, beat out Russia, which received 112 votes. The three countries were competing for two regional seats on the council.

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Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin played down Moscow’s loss.

“It was a very close vote,” Churkin told reporters, saying Moscow had faced stiff competition. “Croatia, Hungary — they are fortunate because of their size they are not as exposed to the winds of international diplomacy; Russia is quite exposed.

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