It should be noted that during the voting, Russia was supported by 158 UN countries out of 193.
In addition to Russia and Ukraine, the Council also includes 13 more countries: Bolivia, Great Britain, Gabon, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Uzbekistan, France.
The renewed Council will begin its duties on January 1, 2021.
In total, this UN body includes 47 countries. Each member state of the Council fulfills its powers for only three years. The candidates are elected by secret ballot. A country needs at least 97 votes to join the Council. Germany again became a member of the council in 2020.
The mission of the UN Human Rights Council is to promote and protect all human rights around the world. For international human rights organizations, the question remains unclear how the Council can be admitted to countries where human rights are not observed. In particular, representatives of Venezuela, Libya and the Philippines were elected to this structure.