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Iceland Elected to UN Human Rights Council

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Iceland Elected to UN Human Rights Council

Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson shortly after the vote. Photo: Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson/Twitter.

Iceland has been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, RÚV reports. The country’s term will last until the end of next year.

“#Iceland has just been elected to the #HRC to serve on the Council until the end if [sic] 2019. I appreciate the broad support of #UN Member States,” tweeted Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson shortly after the results came in.

The Icelandic government decided to run for the council in June, after the United States resigned from the group, leaving one of its 47 seats unoccupied.

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