Venezuela bested Costa Rica to earn a spot Thursday on the United Nations Human Rights Council.
BREAKING: Venezuela beats Costa Rica by 9 votes to win election to UN Human Rights Council.
Here are the % of votes received by top abusers just elected:
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— UN Watch (@UNWatch) October 17, 2019
According to the Washington Post, the two Latin American vacancies on the council were filled by Venezuela and Brazil — Costa Rica reportedly joined the race late in a last-ditch effort to deny Maduro’s government a seat at that table.
Critics had called for opposition to Venezuela’s bid, arguing that Maduro was attempting to influence or even undermine potential investigations into human rights abuses being reported from his own people. (RELATED: ‘Act Of Moral Illiteracy’: Code Pink Slammed For Defending Venezuela’s Maduro)
Louis Charbonneau, U.N. director at Human Rights Watch, told the Post, “With the seat, Venezuela will try to undermine scrutiny of its abuses and the abuses of its allies. The council’s fact-finding missions and commissions of inquiry have done outstanding work. The votes on some issues can be close, so we don’t need countries like Venezuela who try to undermine the good work.”
It would be pathetic for the Maduro regime, one of the world’s worst human rights abusers, to gain a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. It has crushed independent media & legislature and jails & tortures opponents. Read about why we oppose its candidacy: https://t.co/Gqc0IE96bQ
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) October 14, 2019
The U.S. State Department also spoke out against the move.
The illegal Maduro regime in #Venezuela is seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. The United States does not support the illegal Maduro regime’s attempt to obtain a seat on the @UN_HRC. #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/ivtdqzUdh5
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 16, 2019
Maduro has maintained his grip on power in Venezuela despite multiple uprisings among his people and the fact that a number of nations — including the U.S. — have declined to recognize him as the rightful leader of his country.
Venezuela was supported in its bid for the Human Rights Council by Russia, Cuba and China, among others.