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Brazil and Cuba elected to the Council of the UN Human Rights

Brazil and Cuba elected to the Council of the UN Human Rights

Brazil and Cuba were elected members of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) for the biennium 2017-2019.

In the vote in the UN General Assembly, the Cuban candidacy obtained the favorable vote of 160 of the 193 Member States, while Brazil won the support of 137 countries against 82 votes for Guatemala, the group of latin america countries.

In the case of Cuba, it is a re-election, as the country is already a member of the Council, while Brazil will return to the place from January 01, after an interval of one year.

Brazilian diplomacy thanked the support and said in a statement that "during the new term, the country will endeavor to to increase the effectiveness of the Council in the promotion and protection of human rights."

During 2017, will also continue to represent Latin America Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela.

In total, the Human Rights Council consists of 47 members, who serve for three years with a limit of two consecutive.

The Cuban candidacy has received criticism from various non-governmental organizations defending human rights, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Human Rights Foundation (HRF).

HRW believes that the if Cuba wants to be a credible candidate to terminate the "systematic repression of dissidents and its refusal to allow UN human rights observers visits."

Several non-governmental organizations have also questioned the appointments of other countries, especially Russia and Saudi Arabia, due to its military action in Syria and Yemen, respectively.

Saudi Arabia was re-elected today, while Russia was left out, being surpassed by Hungary and Croatia in the Eastern European group.