On Thursday, Venezuela won a seat on the controversial U.N. Human Rights Council, a move that the U.S. quickly branded “a humiliation” and additional proof that its judgment last year to withdraw the body last was the right one.
There has been a last-ditch push within the last ten days by Costa Rica to disclaim them the seat; however, Venezuela took nine more votes, securing the seat with 105 votes.
Venezuela has descended into economic, including social ruin as dictator Nicolas Maduro has been involved in a tug-of-war for power beside Juan Guaido, the U.S.-acknowledged president since elections this year.
The socialist country has been dogged by malnutrition, disease, and violence, also blaming that the government is involved in money laundering and supporting terrorism. In his address to the U.N. General Assembly last month, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres mentioned that four million people had fled the country, which he has known as “one of the largest displacements in the world.”
When President Trump addressed the U.N. General Assembly, he used the Human Rights Council’s report back to condemn the Venezuelan dictatorship. He cited some of the country’s appalling human rights abuses.
“Based on a recent report by the United Nations Human Rights Council,” Trump stated, “women in Venezuela stood in line for 10 hours every day waiting for food, over 15,000 people have been detained being political prisoners, modern-day death squads are carrying out thousands of extrajudicial killings.”
America, which left the body last year over issues about its membership, condemned the election on Thursday and cited it as additional justification for its departure.