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UN Watch has described their appointments as like letting arsonists into the fire brigade due to a host of human rights abuses.

China and Russia have won seats on the UN’s premiere human rights body despite their abysmal human rights records.

However, Saudi Arabia – which was also in the running for a seat – has lost.

What is the United Nations Human Rights Council and what does it do?

The UNHRC is a UN body tasked with promoting and protecting human rights worldwide by investigating alleged breaches.

Not to be confused with several other bodies that begin with UN and end in “human rights” and do similar jobs.