İrem UZUN -TDO- Venezuela has won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council after a vote by the General Assembly, despite widespread criticism of its poor human rights record. The decision came despite rights groups and opponents of Nicolas Maduro‘s government urging countries to vote against the move. The 193-member General Assembly is electing 14 members to the 47-member Human Rights Council for three-year terms starting 1 January 2020. The Geneva-based council can spotlight abuses and has special monitors watching certain countries and issues.

Nicolas Maduro's government hailed it as an "important achievement". His administration is accused of jailing, torturing and arbitrarily arresting opposition figures. Meanwhile, nationwide shortages of basic goods have fueled a financial collapse, and the country has seen sharp reductions in oil production.The severe political and economic crisis has caused millions of Venezuelans to leave their homes. More than 50 countries no longer recognize Mr. Maduro as the country’s legitimate leader. The US and most governments in Latin America - as well as EU states like France, Germany, Spain and the UK - back opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim president. China, Cuba and Russia continue to support Mr. Maduro, while others - including Mexico - have called for dialogue between both sides.

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