(PatriotHeadline.com)- The United Nationals Human Rights Council announced on Tuesday that the Communist Party of China has been granted a seat on their council, despite the countless human rights abuses that take place in China all the time. The news was widely criticized by global political leaders, pundits, and journalists who referenced the torture, murder, and ethnic cleansing campaigns going on in the country.
Russia was also successful in being elected to the HUN Human Rights Council for the next few years, but Saudi Arabia failed this time around.
The decision to appoint China to the council was made by secret ballot. The United Kingdom and France were elected unopposed and are set to represent the whole of Europe on the council. All 193 nations in the United Nations vote on which countries will represent their regions.
The move is surprising given that China is reportedly home to the biggest concentration camps in the world, with up to 3 million people living in camps in the province of Xinjiang. The existence of these camps are often denied by the Chinese government but have been widely documented by international media and government agencies.
Most people imprisoned in concentration camps in China are Uyghur Muslims. Survivors of the camp have spoken out about how those in the camps are put through torture and indoctrination and used as slaves. China, however, claims that the camps are merely “vocational training centers”…that people can’t leave.
Reports also suggest that China is planning on putting ethnic Tibetans into new camps that are being built outside of the Xinjiang province.
Incredibly, China’s election to the Human Rights Council was expected.
U.N. Watch, a monitoring group that is based in Geneva, Switzerland, said earlier this month that allowing China, Russia, or Saudi Arabia into the Human Rights Council was “like making a gang of arsonists into the fire brigade.”
The group predicted that China would be elected to the council.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also previously criticized the council, describing it as a “haven for dictators and the democracies that indulge them.”
“If the Council were serious about protecting human rights, there are plenty of legitimate needs for its attention, such as the systemic racial disparities in places like Cuba, China, and Iran,” he also said.