The Ecuadorian government showed its discomfort over the election of Venezuela to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Through a statement from the Foreign Ministry, the Ecuadorian state deplored the election of Venezuela and considers a scandalous contradiction that the body integrates a regime that has been characterized by repression of its people and whose death squads are responsible, as reported by Alta United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, of more than 6,800 extrajudicial executions between January 2018 and May 2019.
In the brief it indicates that Bachelet, in a detailed and unequivocal way, “proved that the regime of Nicolás Maduro employs torture against political prisoners in general.”
For the Ecuadorian government, the statement says, “it is a hurtful irony that a contiguous regime in its extreme human rights violations integrates the Human Rights Council and can protect itself from the accusations that the international system itself has raised against Venezuela.”
Despite the efforts of Ecuador and almost a hundred nations that voted for Costa Rica, Venezuela obtained the position with the votes of countries outside the region.
The United Nations Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, is made up of 47 countries, which are elected each year at the General Assembly in New York.
Two of these positions must be filled by Latin American countries. Ecuador is a candidate to fill one of those positions in the 2020 election.