first_imgNew York- Human Rights Watch on Tuesday spoke out against the candidacy of Algeria, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam to the Human Rights Council for the what it called their “poor record” in human rights.The New York based human rights watchdog said their  “poor rights records at home would prevent them from becoming useful members of the council.”Human Rights Watch said that these countries have refused to let independent U.N. human rights monitors visit to investigate alleged abuses. “Countries that haven’t allowed U.N. experts appointed by the council to visit have a lot of explaining to do,” Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director at Human Rights Watch was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.“It’s like hiring someone, then not allowing them to enter the office,” he added.On Monday, several human rights organizations called upon the Algerian government to respect human rights and individual freedoms and put an end to arbitrary  repression.They also demanded ending impunity  for perpetuators of  the crimes  occurred during the civil war that the country has experienced more than a decade ago.The joint letter, which was signed by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, International Service for Human Rights, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and Human Rights Watch, called upon the Algerian government “to demonstrate its readiness to uphold human rights by releasing people serving time in prison for freedom of speech offenses.”Morocco is also among five African countries running for the four seats reserved for the African Group.The United Nations General Assembly is set to vote Tuesday to elect 12 new members of the Human Rights Council.last_img

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