Country claimed one of two seats allocated to Latin America despite well-documented record of human rights abuses

Activists have responded with outrage after Venezuela won a fiercely-contested vote for a seat on the UN’s human rights council on Thursday, despite its well-documented record of human rights abuses.

The 193-member world body elected 14 members to the 47-member council on Thursday for three-year terms starting in January, with Venezuela claiming one of the two seats allocated to Latin America with 105 votes.

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