On May 9, 2006, the UN General Assembly elected 47 member states to seats on the newly created UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The US chose not to run for election to the body, sparking speculation that alleged abuses stemming from the "war on terror" would have prevented them from being successfully elected. The US went so far as to oppose the creation of the UNHRC due to the possibility that "abusive countries" would win election. Successful candidates also included Russia, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.
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