Map of the Month

Voting behaviour in the UN Human Rights Council in 2021: in relation to Germany and China

by Sarah Ultes, Dr. Olaf Wientzek

Map of the Month 01/2022

The Map of the Month January illustrates the joint voting behaviour of the Members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) with Germany and China in 2021. A total of 80 resolutions were adopted in the Council last year, 38 of which had to be put to a vote due to a lack of consensus. In addition to the EU Member States, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Ukraine voted most frequently with Germany, while China, Cameroon, Eritrea and Russia, Venezuela and India's votes least frequently aligned with Germany's. On the other hand, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Eritrea and Bolivia in particular voted most often with China, while EU countries (especially the Czech Republic), South Korea, Ukraine, the Marshall Islands and the United Kingdom voted with China particularly rarely. The African countries abstained comparatively frequently, with Malawi still voting most frequently together with Germany.
For the first time ever, a resolution (on Yemen) was also rejected after a vote last year. It is excluded from this overview, the vote on this resolution is illustrated here.

Dr. Olaf Wientzek

Olaf Wientzek bild

Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva +41 22 748 70 70

Sarah Ultes

Sarah Ultes

Research Assistant +41 22 748 70 73