EU voices concern over election of some countries to UNHRC

BRUSSELS, The European Union Tuesday expressed “strong concern” over the human rights record of some of the 14 elected countries in last week’s election to the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year period as of January 1, 2020.

“In particular, the seriousness of the human rights violations in Venezuela, as reflected in the findings of the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR) on the situation in the country and their impact on the population cannot be ignored,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign policy in a statement today.

She noted that members of the Human Rights Council have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights and need to cooperate with special procedures and mechanisms created by the Council, including Fact Finding Missions.

The EU called on all States to safeguard the integrity and credibility of the Human Rights Council in fulfilling its institutional mandate and to respect the independence of the High Commissioner and her Office.

The EU will continue to rigorously monitor the conduct of the new Members of Human Rights Council, added the statement.

By secret ballot, Armenia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Libya, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Sudan and Venezuela were elected to the Geneva based-UNHCR.

Source: Kuwait News Agency