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Eritrea, Bahrain elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council

The U.N. General Assembly elected 18 countries to join the Human Rights Council on Friday. They are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Togo, Somalia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Philippines, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Argentina, Bahamas, Uruguay, Austria, Denmark and Italy.

Each voting region in the UNGA agreed in advance that the 18 available seats should be given to these countries, meaning the elections were without any competition. There are 47 seats in the UNHRC and elections are held annualy for one third of the seats.

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer stated that these elections show "“a clear and deep need for reform to both the structure and priorities” of the UN’s top human rights body."

"“The UNHRC reforms must include competitive and fair elections, as well as immediate efforts to deal with its double standards against Israel," he said in a Friday press release.

UN Watch called the results "sad," pointing out that not only was the "murderous Paul Biya dictatorship" elected, they got more votes than countries with strong human rights records like Denmark and Austria. Thousands of Eritreans asylum-seekers currently reside in Israel after escaping what they describe as a cruel conscript system in which would-be soldiers are forced to serve in the army for an unlimited time period in extreme conditions.

In Cameroon, alleged acts of planned police brutality were carried out during 2017 in Southern Cameroon. The nation has been ruled by Biya since 1982. Agenda Item 7 dictates that whenever UNHRC meets it will discuss Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

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