Britain, US Angry Over Election Of Congo Into U.N. Rights Council
So, on Monday, troubled Democratic Republic of Congo became one of the 15 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term.
Unfortunately, the world superpowers - Britain and United States aren’t quite happy with the development.
Even some rights groups criticized the move after the vote by the 193-member General Assembly.
While Congo was elected uncontested to the 47-member Geneva-based council, it still needed majority support.
The Central African country remains beset by renewed political and militia violence since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down in December.
It nonetheless won 151 votes to get elected into the UN rights council.
“Political repression, civilian attacks, mass graves. What happened in DRC last year makes their election to the Human Rights council entirely disappointing,” British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft posted on Twitter.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who has called for the Human Rights Council votes to be competitive, said Congo’s election harmed the credibility of the body.
“Countries that aggressively violate human rights at home should not be in a position to guard the human rights of others,” Haley said in a statement.
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