As a subsidiary of the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), founded in 2006, responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. The UNHRC is the successor to the UN Commission on Human Rights, which had been heavily criticised for allowing countries with poor human rights records to be members. The members of the General Assembly elect the members who occupy the UNHRC’s 47 seats. The term of each seat is three years, and no member may occupy a seat for more than two consecutive terms. The General Assembly can suspend the rights and privileges of any Council member that it decides has persistently committed gross and systematic violations of human rights during its term of membership.
Folks, the following countries continue to have poor human rights records: Ethiopia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Mexico and Qatar, yet they were all elected to the UNHRC!?! It seems to me the UNHRC is just as ineffectual as its predecessor, the CHR! Freedom of speech is only truly present in a Democracy, and none of the above named countries are Democracies. In fact they are a mixture of semi-autocracies, autocracies, plutocracies and totalitarian states. Merely changing an organisation’s name…CHR to UNHRC…will not in any way stamp out abuses of human rights in members countries. Name changing is merely a cynical way of appeasing campaigners who fight tirelessly to promote other people’s human rights. It could be argued UNHRC votes are being traded for favours just as they have been in FIFA!