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UNHRC appointments criticised for human rights records

The election of human rights abusing countries to the UN Human Rights Council, where the likes of Saudi Arabia and Egypt already have seats, has drawn criticism from human rights groups.

The Philippines and Eritrea were elected to the council on Friday, despite campaigners urging UN members to oppose their candidacy.

Bahrain and Cameroon were also elected.

The council was established in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, with a purpose to promote and protect human rights around the world.

The council’s has had Sri Lanka’s human rights violations on its agenda since 2012.

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