‘Absurd, Immoral and Offensive’: UN Member-States Hand Maduro Regime Seat on Human Rights Council

CNS News | 10/17/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – Despite the public appeals of human rights advocates and behind-the-scenes lobbying, U.N. member-states on Thursday elected Venezuela onto the world’s body’s Human Rights Council, handing the socialist Maduro regime more votes than Costa Rica, a stable liberal democracy.

Until the small Central American country declared its candidacy just weeks ago, Venezuela had been virtually assured a seat on the Geneva-based HRC, since it was one of two candidates running for two seats earmarked for the Latin America and the Caribbean group.

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But Costa Rica’s candidacy, while turning the “closed slate” election into a competitive race – with three countries running for two vacant seats – failed to win over sufficient member-states.

Amid a deep political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the U.S. and 54 other countries no longer recognize Nicolás Maduro’s regime as the legitimate government. They support the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as interim president in accordance with the constitution, pending new elections.

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But Maduro retains strong support in the bloc of developing nations known as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), whose 120 members comprise a majority in the General Assembly.

NAM earlier this year formally backed the Maduro regime’s HRC candidacy – unsurprisingly, since Venezuela holds the bloc’s rotating presidency.

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What was striking was the size of the vote the three North African countries received – 175 votes for Sudan, 172 for Mauritania, and 168 for Libya – despite having poor records on human rights.

The General Assembly has 193 members, but only 187 took part in the vote for the African group. That means only 12 countries did not support Sudan’s candidacy, only 15 withheld their support for Mauritania, and only 19 found themselves unable to vote for Libya.

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Freedom House, the Washington-based democracy watchdog, annually assesses countries’ records on political rights and civil liberties, and accordingly grades them “free,” “not...
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