Kuwait approved over Syria for UN rights council

The U.N. General Assembly has approved Kuwait as a replacement candidate for Syria on the Human Rights Council.

Kuwait was among 15 countries that the assembly approved Friday for rotating three-year terms on the U.N.'s top human rights body.

Kuwait was elected in secret balloting by most of the assembly's 192 members. Syria received five votes, reflecting a strong campaign to keep it off the council.

Kuwait announced Wednesday it was replacing Syria on the Asian slate for seats on the council amid widespread opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on opponents. Syrian human rights groups say more than 850 people have been killed by security forces since protests against Assad's government began two months ago.