Venezuela’s ambassador to the UN tells Israel to look at its human rights record

Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations defended on Wednesday his country’s reelection to the UN’s Human Rights Council and took aim at Israel that had criticized the South American country’s inclusion.

Earlier in the day, the UN General Assembly reelected Venezuela for its second, three-year term.

Human Rights Watch, an NGO based in the United States, has criticized Venezuela’s inclusion, saying the country has violated fundamental freedoms within its borders, cracking down on protesters, targeting journalists, human rights defenders and critics, including imprisoning several leading opposition lawmakers.


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