UNITED NATIONS: The United States won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council that former president Donald Trump denounced and quit, joining 17 other nations elected in uncontested votes Thursday that were criticized for guaranteeing spots to countries with abysmal rights records.
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly elected all 18 candidates proposed by the world organizations five regional groups. Benin was the top vote-getter with 189 votes, followed by Gambia with 186, while the United States with 168 and Eritrea with 144 were at the bottom of the list.
The absence of competition in this years Human Rights Council vote makes a mockery of the word `election, said Louis Charbonneau, the U.N. director for Human Rights Watch. Electing serious rights abusers like Cameroon, Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates sends a terrible signal that U.N. member states arent serious about the councils fundamental mission to protect human rights.