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UN General Assembly elects 14 new members to human rights body

05-14-2010 09:36 BJT

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The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted 14 new members onto its Human Rights Council. The 47-member body, based in Geneva, allocates seats by geographical region.

For the first time, each region only put forward as many candidates as vacancies. For the 4 available seats representing Asia, only 4 countries ran and therefore were elected.

They are Malaysia, the Maldives, Qatar and Thailand. Human rights groups have expressed concern about the lack of choice going into the elections.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CCTV.com

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