BRUSSELS -The European Union expressed regret over the results of the vote of the UN General Assembly, which resulted in Venezuela becoming a member of the UN human rights council for 2020-2022. This is stated in a statement issued on Tuesday by the EU foreign policy service.
“Last week, 14 new States were elected to the UN human rights council for three years from January 1, 2020. In this regard, the EU expresses serious concern about human rights violations in some of these States, in particular-Venezuela, – the document says. “Members of the UN human rights council have the highest responsibility to maintain high standards of human rights and must cooperate with all special mechanisms and procedures of the council.”
The EU stresses that it will “closely monitor the actions of the new member states of the council.”
According to the results of the vote of the UN General Assembly, Venezuela was among 14 countries that will be included in the UN human rights Council for 2020-2022. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela received 105 votes from 193 countries. Its new members also included Brazil, Libya, Mauritania, Sudan, Namibia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, the Marshall Islands, Armenia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.
The human rights Council is an intergovernmental body of the UN system composed of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the world. The Council is responsible for discussing all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. Meetings of the UN human rights Council are held at the UN office in Geneva.