Conflict and Security

Venezuela’s Socialist Regime Wins Seat on United Nations Human Rights Council – Despite Atrocities Against it’s Citizens

Venezuela has a track record of mistreating it’s citizens, under Nicolás Maduro’s regime. Yet, countries across the world saw fit for the Socialist nation to sit on the board for Human Rights at the United Nations.

Venezuelan’s are starving, in some regions, people are literally using money as toilet paper, because their currency is worthless. Nicolás Maduro’s government denied aid to its starving citizens. Venezuela, once a vastly wealthy nation, is now struggling to survive.

Further, 50 countries across the world no longer recognize Nicolás Maduro as the countries legitimate leader.

However, Venezuela was elected to one of the 14 new seats, amongst the 47 person council. After the election, Nicolás Maduro’s government hailed it as an “important achievement.”

The Venezuelan regime has previously beaten, tortured, captured, and killed those who oppose Maduro. In September, the human rights council at the United Nations announced plans to dispatch a ‘fact-finding’ mission to the region, Maduro denounced the move.

Two days ago, Louis Charbonneau at Human Rights Watch urged member states to vote against Venezuela

“A vote for Venezuela is a vote for the torture, murder, and impunity that have become trademarks of President Nicolás Maduro’s government,” he said, calling it a “slap in the face to the millions who have fled the country”.

The legitimacy of the Human Rights Council has come under fire before. Especially, when the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence called out their lack of action to thwart persecution against Christians across the world.

Also, in 2018 the United States announced its departure from the UN human rights council because of the constant hypocrisy by its board members.