The United Nations (UN) had a secret ballot vote to let 14 countries join the Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council is a part of the UN that is supposed to look for human rights problems around the world. Over the years, there has been a lot of trouble with the council. Many of the countries have records of violating human rights.
UN Adds to the Human Rights Council
As of January 1, 2020, Libya, Mauritania, Sudan, and Venezuela and ten others will join the Human Rights Council with three-year terms. The vote was controversial because these four countries have been accused of human rights abuses for years, even by UN officials.
Several of the countries already on the list also have histories of human rights abuse, including China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia.
Serial Human Rights Abusers
So, what are these four states being accused of?
Earlier this year, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, published a report that showed the abuse of power by the Venezuelan government. It covered the killing of prisoners without fair trials, torture, and the withholding of food and medical supplies.
Today in Libya, people are being enslaved and extreme poverty has devastated the nation.
Human rights groups found in 2011 that authorities in Mauritania used torture against prisoners. Also, many inmates in prison were not given fair public trials.
The UN has estimated that 300,000 civilians in the Sudanese region of Darfur were killed between 2003 and 2010, and the government encouraged it. Female, LGBT, and religious persecution are common in Sudan.
Past Expiry Date?
Critics of the United Nations usually point to these examples and say the UN is not needed and maybe even corrupt. The UN doesn’t help this by adding names considered to be human rights abusers to a council that is supposed to protect human rights.