Cuba, China and Russia were elected members of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, a move the United States called a “mockery” of the body’s purpose and proof that Washington was right to leave the Council in 2018.
The three countries, all with a history of authoritarianism and human rights abuses, were elected by the UN General Assembly, along with countries including Bolivia, France, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom.
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Saudi Arabia was on the ballot, but failed to garner enough support to win a seat.
The United States left the Geneva-based council in June 201
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the election “only further confirms the US decision to withdraw and use other places and opportunities to protect and promote universal human rights.”
UN Ambassador Kelly Kraft said he was “validating [Trump’s] decision to leave this deeply corrupt body. “
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“With members from China, Russia, Cuba and Venezuela, the Council is mocking its intended purpose and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” she said.
Last year, the UN General Assembly elected Libya, Sudan and Venezuela to the Council. Craft called the election in Venezuela, a country plagued by poverty and human rights abuses, a “disruption.”
The United States has tried to counter human rights abuses in China by focusing on Beijing’s persecution of religious minorities in Xinjiang Province and the crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong. It imposed a number of sanctions on Chinese officials.
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“Our commitments are clearly stated in the UN Declaration and in our action report,” Pompeo said. “The United States is a force for good in the world and always will be.”
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The Chinese mission, meanwhile, welcomed the move, saying it “sincerely appreciates the strong support for broad UN membership.”
The communist regime continued to commit itself to “working with other members to advance the work of the Council for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.”
In July, 53 Cuba-led UN states backed China’s national security law, a law that underpins repression against people in Hong Kong.
Fox News’s Ben Evansky contributed to this report.