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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a meeting with governors at the Miraflores Palace, Caracas, October 15, 2019. Venezuelan Presidency / AFP

Despite the protests of NGOs and despite an investigation by the same institution about human rights violations on its soil, Venezuela got a seat on the Human Rights Council at the UN this October 17 .

On October 17, Venezuela won a seat on the Human Rights Council for the period 2020-2022, in an election organized by the United Nations General Assembly.

Caracas won 105 votes in this vote marked by applause at the announcement of the result of Venezuela. A majority of 97 votes out of 193 members was needed to win. Two seats were vacant for Latin America and Brazil was second.

" A slap "

The election of Venezuela " is a slap " in this country but also for the whole world, responded Philippe Bolopion of the NGO Human Rights Watch who had campaigned against the candidacy of Caracas. " It's discouraging to see a cynical candidacy taint the credibility of the Human Rights Council, " he said.

In late September, the UN Human Rights Council decided to create a group of experts to investigate human rights violations committed in Venezuela since 2014, an initiative described by Caracas as " hostile ". .

Denouncing its bias against Israel, the United States withdrew in 2018. To consider a possible return, Washington wants beforehand that the exclusion of member states committing serious violations should be voted by a simple majority and not by two-thirds, and the process of selecting Member States is strengthened.

The election of Caracas " is an embarrassment for the United Nations and a tragedy for the people of Venezuela , responded in a statement the US ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft. It proves that the Human Rights Council is a broken organization and justifies the withdrawal of the United States .

It's simply unconscionable that massive #HumanRights violators like the train Maduro diet in Venezuela are allowed to play a role on the @UN_HRC. I will not stand for it, and I should not. #HumanRightsAreUniversal #EstamosUnidosVE

Ambassador Kelly Craft (@USAmbUN) October 17, 2019

See also: In Focus: Venezuela at the Human Rights Council?