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Rights groups criticize UAE’s election to the Human Rights Council

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International human rights organizations have criticized the UAE’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, stressing Abu Dhabi’s black human rights record.

The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) said governments like the UAE that seriously violate human rights at home and abroad should not belong to the Human Rights Council.

This was preceded by a demand by the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch to withhold voting for the UAE and other countries that do not respect human rights in the United Nations Human Rights Council elections.

The organization said in a statement that the United Nations’ non-competitive elections for members of the Human Rights Council effectively guarantee seats to candidate countries that have an abysmal human rights record.

It added that UN member states should abstain from voting in favour of Cameroon, Eritrea, the UAE and other candidates who do not meet the qualifications for membership in the UN’s highest human rights body.

The UAE won the membership of the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024 from the Asian group, after obtaining 180 votes, during the elections that took place Thursday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The Abu Dhabi mission to the United Nations claimed that it would work during the period of the UAE’s membership in the Council to promote and protect human rights.

Anwar Gargash, the diplomatic advisor to the President of the State, said that the UAE’s winning of membership in the Human Rights Council for the next two years is a qualitative addition to the Council.

“We congratulate the UAE for winning the membership of the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024 in the elections that took place at the United Nations General Assembly,” Gargash wrote in a tweet on Twitter.

The United Nations General Assembly elected 18 members to the 47-country Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, but in a special session, the elections were held in New York.

The membership of the Council is based on geographical distribution, and seats are distributed among the regional groups as follows: the African Group (13), the Asia-Pacific Group (13), the Eastern European Group (6), and the Latin American and Caribbean Group (8), in addition to the group of Western European and other countries (7).

The United States won the membership of the same Council with 168 votes, along with other countries, such as Malaysia, Finland, Luxembourg, and Montenegro, representing multiple geographic regions.