China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia are poised to join the United Nations Human Rights Council when the body holds elections on Tuesday for 15 seats in the 47-nation council, raising alarms among rights groups, who say the countries are among the world’s “worst rights violators”. Al Jazeera reports that Saudi Arabia, which was just last month condemned before the council by dozens of nations over serious rights violations and a lack of accountability for the murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was previously on the council until 2019. China, which is under fire over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs in the far western region of Xinjiang and its imposition of a National Security Law in Hong Kong, could also return as a member after having lost their previous seat in 2020. HRW said both countries had a history of using their seats in the council “to prevent scrutiny of their abuses and those by their allies.”