Latest Disgrace at the UN: Election of Venezuela to Human Rights Council | 10/18/2019 | Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist
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By secret ballot on Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly elected 14 member states to join the 47-member UN Human Rights Council for three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2020. The abysmal human rights abusing Maduro regime in Venezuela, which received 105 favorable votes in the election, is one of them. It will be joined by other human rights abusing states such as Mauritania, Libya, and Sudan. According to the UN’s own membership criteria, these countries should have been summarily rejected. The fact that they each received a majority vote and will sit in judgment of other member states demonstrates yet again the moral depravity surrounding the misnamed Human Rights Council, from which the Trump administration rightly withdrew the U.S. last year.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement condemning the election of Venezuela to the Human Rights Council, which read in part:

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“It is sadly no surprise that Maduro shamelessly sought a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in an effort to block any limit to his repressive control of the Venezuelan people. What is truly tragic, however, is that other nations voted to give Maduro’s representative for Venezuela a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. This is a harsh blow not just against the victims of the Venezuelan regime, but also against the cause of human rights around the world…The election to the Human Rights Council of Maduro’s representative is a farce that further undermines the Council’s already frail credibility.”

Human rights activists, who had tried unsuccessfully to persuade UN member states to reject Venezuela’s membership bid, were livid. “Electing the oppressive Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro to a human rights council is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd, immoral and offensive.” Philippe Bolopion,...
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