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United Nations General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarters, New York, NY

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews, October 13, 2020

(CNSNews.com) – Human rights advocates chalked up a partial victory in New York on Tuesday when Saudi Arabia failed to win a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. But despite a strong lobbying effort China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan were ushered onto the world body’s top human rights watchdog for three-year terms beginning January 1.

The outcome of the secret ballot election by the full U.N. General Assembly means that more than one-quarter of the members of the Geneva-based HRC next year – 13 of the 47 – will be autocracies graded as “not free” by Freedom House. The Washington-based democracy advocacy group grades countries each year on political freedoms and civil liberties. …

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