Saudi Arabia Loses Bid for U.N. Human Rights Council Seat

Saudi Arabia Loses Bid for U.N. Human Rights Council Seat


Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to join the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday — The Kingdom had been vying for a spot on the council for the next three-year term starting on January 1, 2021.

China and Russia were elected to the UNHRC on Tuesday, along with Cuba.

While both Russia and Cuba ran unopposed in the U.N. General Assembly election, Saudi Arabia and China competed against Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Nepal for membership in the council, with the five nations jostling over four spots.

“Pakistan received 169 votes, Uzbekistan 164, Nepal 150, China 139, and Saudi Arabia 90 votes — ending Riyadh’s bid to again be a member of the U.N.’s top human rights body,” Al Jazeera reported.

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The U.N. elected a total of fifteen countries to the 47-nation human rights council on Tuesday.

According to the report, members are elected directly to the UNHRC “by secret ballot by the

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