Since there is no competition among the candidates, the vote results in the UN General Assembly are practically a foregone conclusion.
The United States is ready to resume its seat on the UN Human Rights Council after the former administration of Donald Trump withdrew from this controversial body in 2018.
On Thursday, the UN General Assembly will vote for 18 new countries to join the 47-member council.
One of the candidates who need a simple majority of votes to be elected is the United States.
However, none of the States faced competition within their regional group, so the results of the vote as a whole are a foregone conclusion.
A wide variety of countries are applying for seats on the council, including Argentina, India, Lithuania, Qatar, and Somalia. Some candidates cause more controversy than others because of their human rights situation.
“The lack of competition in voting for elections to the Human Rights Council is a mockery of the concept of “elections,” said Louis Charbonneau, director of Human Rights Watch for work with the UN.
“The election of such serious violators of rights as Cameroon, Eritrea, and the UAE sends a terrible signal that the UN member states are not serious about the fundamental mission of the council – the protection of human rights,” he added.
Charbonneau urged states not to vote for unqualified candidates.
It is expected that the countries that will join the council will “observe the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights” both at home and abroad.
The council enjoys an ambiguous reputation. Diplomats note that he has produced several important and strong reports on war crimes in Syria and highlighted internal violations in North Korea, Iran, Myanmar, and other countries.
The Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace the dissolved UN Commission on Human Rights.
Then the administration of President George W. Bush did not seek election. The United States became a member of the council only in 2009 when the administration of President Barack Obama announced that it would try to improve the work of the council from the inside.
The U.S. withdrew from the council again in 2018 under the Trump administration.