What they say: “Electing these dictatorships as UN human rights judges is like bringing a gang of arsonists into the fire department,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the independent rights group UN Watch.
Between the lines: The 15 vacant seats were divided among five regions, but only one region – Asia-Pacific – was contested. According to The Guardian, most countries within the regions usually enter into private deals to ensure that candidates can stand unopposed.
- “Uncompetitive UN votes like this make a mockery of the word ‘election’,” UN director at Human Rights Watch Louis Charbonneau said in a statement.
- “Regional lists should be competitive so that states have a choice. When there is no choice, countries should refuse to vote for unfit candidates. “
Enlarge: Saudi Arabia did not meet the necessary voting threshold to be elected, almost exactly two years after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- China, which is waging a campaign of demographic genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, won the fewest votes of any elected state – 139, down from 180 when it ran for office in 2016 .
- 60% of next term of UN Human Rights Council members fail to meet minimum standards for free democracy, says Watch ONE.
Complete list of newly elected countries: Bolivia, China, Ivory Coast, Cuba, France, Gabon, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and United Kingdom
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