Russia, Saudi Arabia don’t belong on UN human rights council

The group also flagged the candidacies of China and Egypt for their poor human rights records.

By: AP | United Nations | Published:October 25, 2016 11:05 am
UNHRC, United Nations Human Rights Commission, Russia UNHRC, Saudi Arabia UNHRC, world news, indian express Human Rights Watch says Saudi Arabia and Russia’s candidacies for the UN’s top human rights body are compromised by their actions in Yemen and Syria respectively.

Human Rights Watch says Saudi Arabia and Russia’s candidacies for the UN’s top human rights body are compromised by their actions in Yemen and Syria respectively, where they have been accused of unlawful attacks on civilians.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the group said the two countries’ membership bids risked undermining the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council and its ability to hold rights abusers accountable.

The group also flagged the candidacies of China and Egypt for their poor human rights records.

The General Assembly will hold elections for the 47-nation council on Oct. 28.