UNITED NATIONS: India was Tuesday re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2015-2017 in a keenly contested election in the UN General Assembly in New York.
Other countries in the fray were Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and Qatar for four seats in the Asia-Pacific Group.
India secured the highest number of votes - 162.
India is a committed supporter of the UN Human Rights system and will continue to work towards further strengthening of the UN Human Rights Council. The promotion and protection of the human rights is ingrained in India's domestic and foreign policies, said an official statement.
The Permanent Mission of India in the UN conveyed the government of India's deep appreciation and gratitude for the valued support extended by the esteemed member states of the UN, the statement said.