UN Watch has launched an international campaign (www.unwatch.org/StopChavez), supported by dozens of human rights NGOs and parliamentarians, to block the Chavez bid. The U.N. vote will be on Nov. 12th in New York.
Sadly, not a single country — including the U.S. — has registered its public opposition. Yet the election of Chavez would grant legitimacy to an autocrat who systematically harasses journalists, judges, human rights activists and student leaders, a man who supports the butchers of Syria and Iran just as he backed “brother” Col. Qaddafi to the bitter end.
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To her credit, EU foreign minister Lady Ashton has informed UN Watch that “the EU will continue following the developments in Venezuela very closely, also in the context of Venezuela’s candidacy for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council.”
Her office added:
The EU attaches great importance to the principles set out in the founding resolution (UNGA 60/251) of the Human Rights Council regarding quality membership. Articles 8 and 9 stipulate that “when electing members of the Council, Member States shall take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto; the General Assembly, by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, may suspend the rights of membership in the Council of a member of the Council that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights. It further “decides that members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights [and] shall fully cooperate with the Council.”