Noted Human rights abusers China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba all win seats on UN Human Rights Counci
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 , Written by « Pater James Spielmann »   
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13 November 2013


China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog’s credibility.


The General Assembly elected 14 new members to the 47-seat Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight on rights abuses by adopting resolutions — when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes.


 
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