Only at the United Nations can you find a “Human Rights Council” with members who are serial human rights violators. While world leaders tend in large part to look the other way at this atrocity, Vice-President Mike Pence is not one of them.
Mike Pence Slams UN Human Rights Council for Keeping Cuba, Venezuela as Members
The United Nations released a list of countries that attack human rights defenders, and included Venezuela on it for a range of violations including intimidation tactics, travel bans, arrest, torture and the freezing of assets, according to UN Deputy Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour.
The UN’s list also denounced a growing number of human rights defenders who are being subjected to retaliation for their efforts, as well as facing difficulties in cooperating with multilateral human rights organization.
The document mentions 29 countries in total, including Algeria, Bahrain, Burundi, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Honduras, India, Iran, Israel, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Burma, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Vice President Mike Pence referred to and criticized the Council for keeping countries that violate human rights as members. The UN Human Rights Council “does not deserve its name,” he said.
Pence specifically mentioned one of the members of the Human Rights Council, Cuba, and called it an “oppressive regime that has repressed its people and imprisoned political leaders for more than half a century.” He also criticized Venezuela for being “a dictatorship that undermines democracy at every turn.”
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