The United States was elected to serve a second term on the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The other countries elected for a three-year term on the council are Argentina, Brazil, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Montenegro, Pakistan, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
The secret ballot took place Nov. 12 at U.N. headquarters in New York.
“While much hard work remains to be done, especially ending the Council’s disproportionate and biased focus on Israel, we look forward to cooperating with other Council members to continue to address human rights concerns and to ensure that the Council fully realizes its promise,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement issued after the vote. — jta