(CNN) — Venezuela lost its bid to regain a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, during a vote at the UN headquarters in New York City, while 12 other countries won a seat on the council. .
Member countries of the UN Human Rights Committee are elected by majority vote by the UN General Assembly for a three-year term and countries are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.
Venezuela is a current member of the council, but its term expires at the end of this year. Afghanistan also lost in the vote to join the council along with Venezuela. Both countries have been criticized for human rights violations.
However, Vietnam, also attacked for its human rights record, won a council seat with four other Asia-Pacific states: Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and the Maldives.
Louis Charbonneau, director for the UN of the organization Human Rights Watch, warned that “The brutal attack against opponents in Venezuela means that the country does not have the credentials to belong to the highest UN rights body.” And he added that “giving this abusive government a seat on the council would weaken the credibility of the UN, since it would be equivalent to rewarding the Venezuelan authorities, allowing them to judge the human rights situation of other countries when Venezuela brutally treats its population.” .