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Venezuela joins the International Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Despite opposition from some countries and non-governmental organizations, Venezuela on Thursday won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council from 2020 to 2022.

In yesterday’s elections, the UN General Assembly on a regional basis for 14 new members for a three-year term in the 47-nation council, Venezuela garnered 105 votes, allowing it to join the council.

For its part, Brazil won the second seat allocated to Latin America with 153 votes, while Costa Rica, which won only 96 votes to overcome Venezuela and enter the Council.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arias described the vote as “a victory that came after a harsh and violent campaign by the United States and its affiliates,” while Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab called it a “major achievement” and announced the release of 24 detained opposition leaders.

A number of countries and organizations, including the United States, Brazil and Israel, as well as Human Rights Watch, criticized the election of Venezuela as a member of the Council, blaming the government of President Nicolas Maduro for multiple human rights violations.

In July, following her visit to Venezuela, where she met with government representatives, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, issued a report declaring that some 7,000 extrajudicial executions had taken place in the country over the past 18 months, blaming security forces for most of them. .

At the same time, the High Commissioner noted that the Venezuelan authorities were ready to cooperate in the field of human rights despite the irregularities that existed. President Maduro criticized the report, stressing that it was based on false, false and false information.

Last month, the UN Human Rights Council decided to set up an emergency “independent international mission” to investigate human rights violations committed in Venezuela since 2014.

Other new members who joined the Human Rights Council, according to the result of yesterday’s vote, include three Arab countries, namely Libya, Sudan and Mauritania.

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