China, Russia, and Cuba won seats on the UN’s premier human rights body Tuesday despite resistance from activist groups above their abysmal human rights records, but just another goal, Saudi Arabia, dropped.
Despite declared reform programs from Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch and many others strongly opposed its candidacy stating the Middle East country continues to target human rights defenders, dissidents, and women’s rights activists and has shown little responsibility for past abuses, including the killing of Washington Post columnist and Islamic critic Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two decades back.
Under the Human Rights Council’s principles, seats are allocated to areas to ensure geographical representation.
Except for its Asia-Pacific competition, the election of 15 members into the 47-member Human Rights Council was but decided in progress because most of the other regional teams needed uncontested slates.
Four states won four African chairs: Ivory Coast, Malawi, Gabon, and Senegal. Russia and Ukraine won both East European chairs.
“We want for nations to have an option,” explained Louis Charbonneau, the U.N. director for Human Rights Watch. “They do not want the competition. … Fundamentally these are backroom deals which are worked out one of the regional teams.”
“When states do not have an option, the candidates readily make their way to the council,” he stated in a briefing a week. “That is an unfortunate political fact, but we keep beating the concept that we want competition and an actual election, not even a bogus election”
Last week, a coalition of human rights groups in Europe, the USA, and Canada called on U.N. member countries to oppose the election China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan, stating their human rights documents create them”unqualified.”
The Geneva-based rights firm released a 30-page combined report together with the Human Rights Foundation and the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights assessing applicants for council chairs. The report lists Bolivia, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Malawi, Mexico, Senegal, and Ukraine as using”questionable” credentials because of baffling human rights and U.N. voting documents which require improvement. It gave”qualified” ratings simply into the United Kingdom and France.
Human Rights Watch pointed into an unprecedented forecast by 50 U.N. specialists on June 26 for”critical measures to safeguard basic freedoms in China,” warning regarding its mass rights violations in Hong Kong and Tibet and contrary to ethnic Uighurs from the Chinese province of Xinjiang in addition to attacks on rights defenders, journalists, attorneys, and administration critics. Their call was echoed by over 400 civil society groups in over 60 nations.
The Geneva-based Human Rights Council can highlight abuses and contains particular screens watching certain nations and issues. It also occasionally reviews the human rights of every U.N. member nation.
Produced in 2006 to substitute a commission because of some members’ bad rights documents, the new council shortly came to confront similar criticism.
The USA declared its withdrawal from the council in June 2018 partially because it believed that the human body a forum for hypocrisy about human rights, even but because Washington says the council is anti-Israel.