Venezuela re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council

Portraits of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro seen inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC

The U.N. General Assembly elected a total 14 Human Rights Council members on Thursday from five regional blocs.

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado said as his country announced its candidacy two weeks ago that Venezuela was not "an adequate candidate" due to serious human rights violations. It also presented evidence of human rights violations including torture and extrajudicial killings by Venezuelan security forces.

The council is made up of 47 United Nations member states and seeks to promote and protect human rights around the world, while addressing human rights violations and making recommendations on them.

The other Latin American seat was won by Brazil with 153 votes. Meanwhile, Armenia (144 votes) and Poland (124) were elected for the two seats available as part of the Eastern European Group, while Moldova, with 103 votes, was left out.

Democratic country like Costa Rica was denied to enter in Human Right council while the failed state like Somalia, Libya & Venezuela won the seat in UN Human Right council.

"It's a slap in the face to the millions who have fled the country, many facing dire humanitarian conditions, and the countless victims who never made it out", he said.

Craft, the US ambassador, said Thursday's vote "provides ironclad proof that the Human Rights Council is broken and reinforces why the United States withdrew".

Costa Rican officials used the PreCOP25 climate action meetings to tout the country's qualifications for the Human Rights Council.

More than 50 countries have switched their recognition to national assembly speaker Juan Guaido as the country's legitimate acting president, including the United States.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab described it as an "important achievement" while announcing the release of 24 detained opposition figures.

Venezuela has been dogged by malnutrition, disease and violence, as well as accusations that the government is engaged in money laundering and supporting terrorism.

In July, an in-depth report presented by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet blamed the government of embattled president Nicolas Maduro for allowing disease to re-emerge and using public food aid for political purposes.

Before the vote, Human Rights Watch also criticized Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro for embracing "rhetoric hostile to human rights norms" and for giving "a green light to criminal networks destroying the Amazon rainforest".

"It would be inadmissible for those who have committed human rights violations and crimes against humanity to sit on the council", added Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States.

And it urged Sudan's new transitional government to "set an example on human rights promotion by taking concrete steps toward accountability and reforms".



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