China and Russia were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, while Saudi Arabia failed to win a seat on the Council.
In addition to Russia, China and Russia, 13 other countries won seats on the council, namely Bolivia, France, Gabon, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, in addition to Cuba.
Russia ran without opposition in the Eastern European Group. China and Saudi Arabia competed for the seats in the Asia-Pacific regional group, the only group in which five countries competed for four seats.
Human rights organizations have urged the member states of the United Nations to oppose the efforts of the three countries to join (China, Russia and Saudi Arabia) to the highest human rights body in the United Nations, saying that their human rights records do not qualify them to do so.
“The hardened violators should not be rewarded with taking seats on the Human Rights Council,” Luis Charbonneau, director of UN affairs at Human Rights Watch, said in a press release. He added, “Not only have China and Saudi Arabia committed gross violations of human rights at home, but have also attempted to undermine the international human rights system that they demand to be a part of.”