More than 80 organizations penned an open letter criticizing the United Nations for electing Cuba to the body’s Human Rights Council on Tuesday in an uncontested race, citing the appalling human rights record of the country’s communist regime.
Cuba will return to the council for a sixth term in 2021 as one of eight representatives for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In an open letter addressed to the international body signed by 85 human rights groups and press organizations, signatories argue that Cuba’s position on the council undermines its mission as well as its ability to hold other authoritarian regimes accountable.
“We are deeply concerned about the decision to give Cuba a new opportunity to serve on the Human Rights Council,” the letter read. “This not only rewards Cuba’s poor human rights record but also undermines the integrity of the Council to hold accountable Cuba and other abusive governments for their actions