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Venezuela Wins The Seat In UN Human Rights Council, Despite Objections And Criticism

Despite the disagreement and outrage by various activists, Venezuela managed to win a seat in the United Nations’ human rights council, on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Brazil also got a seat, thus becoming the second Latin American country to become a member of the council.

There was a huge controversy over Venezuela’s efforts to become the member as it has serious records of abusing human rights themselves. On Thursday, it became a member, along with Brazil for a term of three years, which will begin from January 2020.

Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela (Image Credit: albertonews.com)

Nicolas Maduro is the current president of Venezuela, while Brazil’s is Jair Bolsonaro. Speaking of the latter, then before getting the seat as a member of the council, he had expressed his contempt for human rights. So it seems very contradictory when taking that aspect into consideration. His country is facing very problematic issues with people being tortured by the military.

Nearly 4.5 Venezuelans have fled the nation as the president, Maduro has imposed heavy military to suppress those showing dissent. Even the journalists, activists, and also the human rights defenders themselves have been jailed.

United Nations, an international body, having a total of 193 member states, has 47 members in its human rights council. 

After Venezuela and Brazil were given the council’s membership, a lawyer of the Venezuelan rights group, Rodolfo Montes de Oca, said:
The inclusion of Venezuela and Brazil to the human rights council marks a backwards step in the advancement of human rights in the region.
Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president has also been accused of praising his military for torturing the people and acting like a thorough dictator. Extrajudicial killings have been there in the country, to which the president hoped that the criminals, as he called those where killed, will “die in the streets just like cockroaches”.
Controversial inclusions have been there in the UN human rights council, historically. There were many objections raised when Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, and Russia were granted seats in the past.

Source: The Guardian

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