India's election into UNHRC is important considering previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein who asked the body to facilitate an worldwide commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Kashmir.
The 18 new members were elected by the absolute majority through a secret ballot.
Eighteen new members - including Somalia, Eritrea, Cameroon, Bangladesh, and the Philippines - were voted into the Council on Friday from five regional blocs of countries. Along with India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji and the Philippines also staked a claim in the same regional group.
Around a 3rd of seats on the 47-member council, based in Geneva, were open for slots lasting from 2019-2022. The icing on the cake was the fact that India got more votes compared to the 17 candidate countries which were also in the fray.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told PTI that India's win reflects the country's standing in the worldwide community. India got the highest number of votes among all 18 countries in the five regional categories. The US left partly because it saw the group as a forum for hypocrisy about human rights, though also because Washington says the council is anti-Israel.
Its last tenure had ended on December 31, 2017 and in accordance with the rules, it was not eligible for immediate re-election since it had already served two consecutive terms.
"Our successful bid to keep our seat in the Council is proof that many in the global community remain convinced the Philippines respects and protects human rights and have seen through the efforts of some to politicize and weaponize the issue", former Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.
Given that there were five nations vying for five seats in the Asia Pacific category, India's election to the Council was all but certain.
"For too long the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias", she said in June of this year, announcing the United States' departure.
The council also sends out independent experts and has set up commissions of inquiry to report on human rights violations in countries including Syria, North Korea, Burundi, Myanmar and South Sudan.
While other countries with stronger human rights records were voted in - such as Argentina, Czech Republic and Denmark - the addition of those with poor records was cited as evidence by Haley that the US was right to withdraw from the body earlier this year.
In contrast, the UN Human Rights Watch Director did make an exception for India, by not naming India, despite calling it a ridiculous vote.
The commission added it would "continue to perform its mandate of helping United Nations to monitor the human rights situation" as the country's independent human rights institution.