Three countries with a history of authoritarian rule and documented human rights abuses have been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
China, Cuba, and Russia were elected to the HRC on Tuesday, along with Bolivia, France, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom, Fox News reported. Saudi Arabia was denied a place on the council.
The move prompted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to say the election of the authoritarian countries would “only further validate the U.S. decision to withdraw and use other venues and opportunities to protect and promote universal human rights.”
The U.S. withdrew from the council in 2018. At the time, then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called it “a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.”
Current U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft said the move “validates [President Donald Trump’s] decision to leave that deeply corrupted body.”
“With China, Russia, Cuba & Venezuela as members, the Council makes a mockery