UNITED NATIONS – Argentina and Uruguay were elected on Friday to seats on the UN Human Rights Council for the 2019-2021 term.
The Bahamas will take the third vacancy representing Latin America and the Caribbean. The candidacies of Argentina, Uruguay and the Bahamas to succeed Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama were unopposed.
Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Peru retain the other Latin America and Caribbean slots on the council.
Eighteen of the council’s 47 seats were up for renewal in the vote of the UN General Assembly.
The Bahamas received 180 votes from the 193-seat body, compared with 177 for Uruguay and 172 for Argentina, assembly president Maria Fernanda Espinosa of Ecuador said.
Based in Geneva, the Human Rights Council was created in 2006 to replace the Human Rights Commission, which was scrapped after 60 years amid complaints about biased, politicized and unbalanced decisions.