Russia wants to return to the UN Human Rights Council. The vote will decide

Russia wants to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council. For this to happen, it must gain the support of 97 countries in the voting process.

The United Nations Human Rights Council consists of 47 member states, divided into five regions, with each of them having a fixed number of seats on the council. The term of office of the Council is three years and can be served twice in a row. Every year, 1/3 of the countries on the Council are replaced, and to become a member a country must receive the support of 97 members of the UN General Assembly. The vote is secret and the candidates are selected on the basis of previously submitted lists.

According to BBC reports, Russia is trying to regain its seat on the UN Human Rights Council, which it lost in April 2022 as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. The Czech Republic then took the place of the Russian Federation.

Russian diplomats are currently conducting an intensive campaign to convince as many countries as possible to support their country’s candidacy. The vote on this issue is scheduled for October 10. Russia, Bulgaria and Albania will then compete for two places reserved for Central and Eastern European countries.

Russia is trying to win back support

Russia is intensively seeking the support of the member states of the UN Human Rights Council. According to the BBC, Russian diplomats are trying to argue that the Council has become an instrument of the political will of a group of countries, and Moscow is promising to reverse this trend.

Behind the scenes, however, there are reports that less subtle methods are being used, such as promises of supplies of grain and weapons in exchange for votes. This comes at a time when the Council is receiving reports on Russian crimes in Ukraine and respect for human rights in the country.

Controversial members of the Council

History shows that not all Council member states respect human rights. Even those criticized for violating these rights can be elected to the Council. An example is Venezuela, which was a member of the Council from 2020 to 2022, despite criticism from organizations such as Human Rights Watch.

The Council currently includes countries that are themselves criticized for human rights violations. An example is Eritrea, described by Human Rights Watch as “a dictatorship under President Isaias Afewerki with no legislature, no independent social organizations or media, and no independent judiciary.”

Source: Do Rzeczy