- UN Human Rights Council Needs to Scrutinize 3 New Rights-Abusing Members - Advocacy Group
UN Human Rights Council Needs To Scrutinize 3 New Rights-Abusing Members - Advocacy Group
The United Nations Human Rights Council should investigate three new members - the Philippines, Eritrea and Bahrain - under a General Assembly resolution that requires a review of the rights record of each member during their three-year terms, Human Rights Watch said in a press release on Monday
"The UN General Assembly resolution that created the council anticipates that members will be subject to increased scrutiny," the release said. "It did so by requiring council members to uphold the 'highest standards' of human rights, to 'fully cooperate' with the council, and to undergo review of their rights record during their three-year term."
The provision has never been enforced in the past, with some nations joining the council for the exact opposite reason - to protect themselves from council scrutiny of their rights practices, the release noted.
Human Rights Watch said China, for example, uses its position in the council to try and quash critical scrutiny of its own rights crackdown, and to vote against resolutions condemning grave international crimes, including in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar.
As for the new members, thousands have been killed in the Philippines during President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs"; Eritrea has been found by a UN inquiry to have committed crimes against humanity; and Bahrain routinely retaliates against rights activists who raise concerns about government abuses, the release said.