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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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Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications.  But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.

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