Cuba joined China and other dictatorships in making up 70% of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s membership as it opened its 52nd session this week. You really can’t make this stuff up.
U.N. Human Rights Council Opens with 70% Dictatorships
The 52nd session of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) convened this week — with 70 percent of the membership consisting of autocracies, dictatorships, and other non-democratic nations.
Some of the responses to U.N. Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer’s dour tweet suggested that the high proportion of unfree nations sitting in judgment over human rights could be taken as a sign of how difficult it is to implement and maintain robust multi-party democracies, with elections that are more than weary formalities or outright farces.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk, who took over from his predecessor Michelle Bachelet in October, used the session to ask UNHRC member China to take his “grave concerns” about human rights violations against the Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims, and Hong Kong seriously, including “large-scale arbitrary detentions and ongoing family separations” of China’s oppressed populations.
“We also have concerns about the severe restriction of civic space more generally, including the arbitrary detention of human rights defenders and lawyers; and the impact of the national security law in Hong Kong,” he said.
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