Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader in Venezuela, accused the government of murdering Edmundo Rada, a former councilman from Petare in the eastern part of Caracas. Guaidó asked for this and other murders to be investigated by the international community.
“On the same day that the U.N. permits a dictatorship like Maduro’s to occupy a seat bathed in blood,” Guaidó said, “the regime produces a human rights violation.”
Julio Borges, the foreign relations representative for opposition leader Juan Guaidó, said Maduro “mortgaged everything” to win the seat.
“But what he doesn’t know is that this maneuvering won’t let him hide his crimes,” Borges said. “Elected democracies in this body will increasingly isolate the dictatorship and will expose its human rights violations.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Venezuela’s election to the council “truly tragic.”
“This is a harsh blow not just against the victims of the Venezuelan regime, but also against the cause of human rights around the world,” he said. “The Human Rights Council ought to be a protector and defender of human rights of people the world over. It should be speaking out about the daily abuses of the former Maduro regime.”