Cuba and Mexico Elected into UN Human Rights Council
Mexico gained 135 votes and Cuba, 148. The two nations will replace Ecuador and Guatemala, whose three-year terms come to an end in 2014. Uruguay also contended a position, but received just 93 votes.
According to Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, the result offers “resounding recognition of the hard work carried out by Cuba in this field.”
The US, alongside other countries and human rights organisations, have criticised the governments of Cuba, Russia, and China (which were also elected for the Human Rights Council) for their performance in the area of human rights. It was stated that the election of such countries undermined the council’s credibility.
Human Rights Watch spokesperson Peggy Hicks stated: “With the return of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba, human rights defenders will have their work cut out for them at the Human Rights Council next year.”
The Council was created in 2006, with 33 members and it is now comprised of 47 nations.
Representatives from both countries will work in Geneva, the location of the headquarters of the organisation.