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Iceland replaces USA at UN Human Rights Council

Iceland has been elected to replace the USA on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The UN General Assembly elected Iceland as the replacement effective immediately until the end of next year.

The US announced its decision to withdraw from the UNHRC last month, citing anti-Israel bias and hypocrisy.

The US was a key partner in passing the Resolution 30/1 on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, which Sri Lanka co-sponsored.

Despite pulling out of the council, the US Embassy in Sri Lanka has stressed that the US government is still committed to holding Sri Lanka to its obligations under the resolution.