Yesterday, Belarus ran for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council – and lost badly.
A few weeks ago, a Belarussian victory was seen as inevitable. Thanks to some great work by a few human rights groups and engaged governments, the tables have been turned.
The performance of the Human Rights Council over the past year has left much to be desired, but Belarus’s bodes well for the Council’s future. With a little attention – and perhaps a Special Envoy – the U.S. can help bring credibility to the Human Rights Council.
— Scott Paul