Five controversial African countries just joined the Human Rights Council, and it’s a big deal


The United Nations Human Rights Council  held its elections late Friday to include  new set of representatives to serve three-year terms.

Eighteen countries in the world were selected and among them are five African countries, whose selection has caused criticism from many quarters.  Other countries have been maintained and many others have left because they served the two terms.

The UN Human Rights Council is a forum where human rights issues are discussed. It was therefore a surprise that Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia and Togo were voted in as the new African representatives.

All these countries have been accused of human rights violations, and many people have wondered why they got into the council in the first place.

Eritrea’s record has come under…

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