China, Russia win seats on top U.N. human rights body
China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam won seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.’s highest rights watchdog body, upsetting independent human rights groups.
The General Assembly on Tuesday elected 14 members to the 47-seat council, which can spotlight rights abuses by adopting resolutions. Also chosen to three-year terms were Britain, France, the Maldives, Macedonia, Cuba, Mexico, Algeria, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa.
Human Rights Watch said China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Algeria have refused to let U.N. investigators visit to check alleged abuses.