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HUMAN RIGHTS | Approved by the General Assembly

Venezuela enters the UN Human Rights Council

Venezuela's inclusion in the Council, to be made formal next January 1, has been lambasted by advocates, such as Human Rights Foundation or Human Rights Watch

Venezuela's entry into the Commission, is to be made formal next January 1 (File photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Monday November 12, 2012  01:29 PM
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed on Monday Venezuela's inclusion in the UN Human Rights Council. Argentina and Brazil, for the Latin America region, were also voted as successors of Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay.

In direct and secret voting, and by absolute majority, Venezuela was elected together with 17 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Montenegro, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, UAE and the United States, Efe listed.

Venezuela's entry into the Council, to be made formal next January 1, has been harshly criticized by advocates, such as Human Rights Foundation or Human Rights Watch. According to these organizations, the country fails to meet the requirements to form part of an organization that ensures universal rights.
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"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.

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