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Iceland approved to replace U.S. on U.N.'s top human right body

Iceland won overwhelming approval to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, filling a vacancy left by the United States.

Iceland's capital Reykjavik
Iceland's capital Reykjavik (ANAnnie Spratt / Unsplash)

UNITED NATIONS (AN) — Iceland won election to the world's leading international organization for addressing human rights, filling a vacancy left by the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump's administration announced its withdrawal last month.

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to approve Iceland as the newest member of the U.N. Human Rights Council. The country received 172 votes in the 193-nation assembly; only a simple majority — at least 97 votes — was needed.

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