Libya and Malaysia were among 14 countries elected as new members of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday.
Angola, Mauritania, Uganda, Maldives, Thailand, Qatar, Moldova, Poland, Ecuador, Guatemala, Spain and Switzerland were also elected by the General Assembly for three-year terms on the 47-nation council, which is based in Geneva.
Both Libya and Thailand have been criticized by rights groups for their human rights records.
"The council elections have become a pre-cooked process that strips the meaning from the membership standards established by the General Assembly," said Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.
"States serious about the role the council can play in promoting human rights should push for competitive slates in all regions, and should be willing to compete for a seat themselves," she said.
Iran had also been running for a seat on the council but withdrew its candidacy last month in exchange for a seat on the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters in New York last week that its withdrawal was a "procedural" matter and Tehran was pleased to serve on the U.N. women's commission.
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