In the first round of voting for Eastern European countries, only Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic won enough votes to be elected to the council.
Iraq, Iran, and Kyrgyzstan also failed in the first round.
The UN Human Rights Council will have 47 seats, six fewer than its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission. The council's seats are divided by regions. Eight seats will go to Latin America and the Caribbean; 13 to Africa; 13 to Asia, six to Eastern Europe; and seven to Western Europe and others, including the United States, Canada, and Israel.
(with additional material from AFP)