big picture: The inter-governmental body of 47 countries is responsible for “the promotion and protection of all human rights worldwide”. The Trump administration expelled the US from the Human Rights Council in 2018, citing alleged bias against Israel and its method of serving the corrupt and oppressive regime in its ranks.
What they are saying Hillel Nair, executive director of the independent rights group UN Watch, said, “The election of UN judges on human rights on human rights is like building a gang of arsonists.”
Between the lines: The 15 vacant seats were distributed among the five regions, but only one region – Asia-Pacific – was contested. According to The Guardian, most countries within the regions usually reach private deals to ensure that candidates can stand unopposed.
- Luis Charbonneau, the U.N. director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement, “Such United Nations votes make a mockery of the term election.”
- “Regional slates must be competitive so that states have a choice. When there is no alternative, countries should refuse to vote for ineligible candidates.”
zoom in: Saudi Arabia fell short of the required vote threshold to be elected almost two years after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashogi.
- China, which is campaigning for mass genocide against Uygar Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, won the lowest number of elected votes of any state – 139, down from 180 votes when it stood for one seat in 2016. Of.
- 60% of the next term of the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council does not meet the minimum standards of an independent democracy, according to United Nations Watch.
Complete list of newly elected countries: Bolivia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, France, Gabon, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and UK
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