Venezuela, Poland amongst new Human Rights Council members

Venezuela, Poland amongst new Human Rights Council members”

Venezuela won a two-year seat despite over 50 countries deeming Maduro to be the illegitimate ruler of the South American nation, which has experienced a mass exodus of citizens in recent years due to its crushing economic situation and human rights abuses that the United States blames on the Maduro regime. Brazil was re-elected for a second three-year term with 153 votes.

"In Venezuela, a dictator starves his people, and in Libya there are camps that torture African migrants", Danon said.

United Nations has also added Mauritania, West African country to its Human Right Council where slavery is still a widespread practice.

Philippe Bolopion, a deputy director Human Rights Watch (HRW), said Venezuela's nomination to the council was "undeserved" and called it a "slap in the face to the country's countless victims who've been tortured and murdered by government forces", adding that millions of Venezuelans fled the country because of a "humanitarian emergency".

Venezuela's inclusion on Thursday is "ironclad proof" that the council is broken and further reinforces the Trump administration's 2018 decision to withdraw from the committee, she said.

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

"This is a testament to the great confidence of the global community in our country, especially in the field of human rights", Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian wrote on his Facebook page. It also periodically reviews human rights in every United Nations member country.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the country would "celebrate a new victory for Bolivarian peace diplomacy", in reference to the regime of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet reported in July that over the previous year and a half there had been almost 7,000 extrajudicial executions and that security forces were responsible for most of those deaths. The Caracas government called this a hostile act.

Five nations - Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Marshall Islands and Republic of Korea - put themselves up as candidates for the Asia-Pacific region, for which four seats were reserved: following the vote, Iraq failed to get the support it needed.

The president of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria, announced that Indonesia had obtained 174 votes from 193 UN member countries from a secret ballot held during a UN General Assembly session on Thursday morning in New York (Thursday night in Jakarta). Therefore, Benin, Libya, Mauritania and Sudan are virtually assured victory for the four African seats, and the Netherlands and Germany are nearly certain to win the two Western group seats. Iraq and Moldova, which, although passed the threshold of 97 votes, were outperformed by contenders in their respective groups.

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