Council wrestling with abuses among current and prospective members such as Philippines and Democratic Republic of Congo

Australia will be elected uncontested to the powerful United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in New York, as the council wrestles with rights abuses among current and prospective members.

Current council member the Philippines is waging a deadly extrajudicial ‘war on drugs’ that has killed at least 6,000 people, while prospective member the Democratic Republic of the Congo is riven by conflict, arbitrary arrest, torture and killings by security forces, and the persistent recruitment of child soldiers.

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