US returns to UN Human Rights Council after Trump withdrawal

The United States won a seat in the tip from Human rights United Nations (HIM-HER-IT), a body that former President Donald Trump denounced and from which he withdrew his country, joining 17 other nations in uncontested votes, which were criticized for guaranteeing places for countries with terrible human rights records.

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The UN General Assembly, of 193 members, elected the 18 candidates proposed by the five regional groups of the organization. Benin received the most votes with 189, followed by Gambia with 186, while the United States with 168 and Eritrea with 144 were at the bottom of the list.

“The lack of competition in this year’s vote for the Human Rights Council is a mockery of the global ‘election’,” said Louis Charbonneau, United Nations director of Human Rights Watch. “Electing serious human rights violators such as Cameroon, Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates sends a dire signal that UN member states do not take seriously the council’s fundamental mission to protect human rights.”

Rights violations

He assured that the Cameroonian government has cracked down on the opposition, silenced dissidents and persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Eritrean troops have committed extensive atrocities in Ethiopia’s neighboring Tigray region, among other serious rights violations, and the rights situation in the United Arab Emirates “remains grave” as the renowned defender for the human rights Ahmed Mansour continues to be imprisoned, without a mattress and in almost absolute isolation, he said.

The Geneva-based Human Rights Council was created in 2006 to replace a commission that was discredited because some of its members had troubling human rights records. But the new council was quick to face similar criticism, including that human rights violators sought to become constituencies to protect themselves and their allies.

Under the Council’s rules, seats are divided by region to ensure geographic representation.

With AP information

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