Brazilians certainly don’t want the world looking too closely into that. The world’s worst human rights offenders often see a seat on the UNHRC as a must-have. The New Zealands and Canadas of the world, by contrast, have relatively little to gain from a spot on the council, and will spend relatively little diplomatic energy to secure one.
But to regular Venezuelans on the ground, the Geneva alphabet-soup game of UNHCR vs. OHCHR is entirely inscrutable, and all that really comes through is that the United Nations, which used to call out Maduro’s gruesome human rights abuses, is now siding with him. It’s a huge propaganda win for him, and a stomach-churning betrayal from an organization that was founded to defend the victims of human rights abuses, not their perpetrators.