Libya, Sudan and Venezuela were bitterly criticized for winning seats at the UN Human Rights Council, with Venezuela becoming the President of the Council. Many world newspapers slammed this membership voting that was done by 114 countries.
The criticism focused on the violations of human rights in the three countries as The Washington Examiner newspaper said UN Human Rights Council is meant to criticize human rights abuses around the world, but how did those three countries make it to its membership.
Most of the media has focused on the high-profile problem of Venezuela as former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the addition of Venezuela would “make a mockery of human rights.”
Libya was also criticized for becoming a member of the Council for the ongoing ransom shelling on civilian populated areas, armed conflict threatening civilians, kidnappings, forced disappearances, and inhumane migration centers.
In Sudan, criticism said security forces targeted opposition party members, human rights defenders, students and political activists for arbitrary arrest, detention and other abuses, while the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly were arbitrarily restricted.
With its addition of not only Venezuela, but also Libya and Sudan, the UN has proved that it cares little about curbing human rights abuses around the world.
“Haley was right: Human rights have been cheapened by an institution that falsely calls itself the Human Rights Council.” The newspaper added.