Venezuela, a country beset by poverty and mass human rights abuses under the regime of dictator Nicolas Maduro, took its seat Monday on the U.N. Human Rights Council -- a move that critics of the council see as further proof that the controversial body is in desperate need of reform.
President Trump, at the U.N. General Assembly in September, cited the U.N. Human Right Council’s own report on the failing regime that said "women in Venezuela stand in line for 10 hours every day waiting for food, over 15,000 people have been detained as political prisoners, modern day death squads are carrying out thousands of extrajudicial killings."
And yet the socialist country was elected to sit on the body, along with other controversial picks such as Sudan and Libya.
The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the council in 2018, citing the cabal of human rights abusers on the body.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, who spearheaded the U.S. departure from the Council, said Monday that allowing the Venezuelan regime on the Human Rights Council was “shameful.”