China has been appointed to a panel on the U.N. Human Rights Council despite its troubling record of systematic human rights abuse and its questionable response to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic that began in the country and now has ravaged the entire globe.

Jiang Duan, minister at the Chinese mission in Geneva, was selected to serve on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Consultative Group, a 5-nation body that is joined by delegates from Spain, Slovenia, and Chad. The group is responsible for selecting human rights investigators who will oversee abuses across all nations in the world. the council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

The group’s move has drawn fierce reactions from critics, including those at the U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based human rights watchdog. 

“Allowing China’s oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention, and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, U.N. Watch’s executive director said.

“It’s absurd and immoral for the U.N. to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide,” he added.

The United States withdrew from the the council in 2018. Then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.S. commitment “does no allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”

China has been criticized worldwide over its handling of the CCP Virus outbreak that includes downplaying the seriousness of the virus, suppressing information by silencing doctors and reporters. The United States and other countries slammed China’s secretive approach to the outbreak that ultimately left them unable to adequately respond to what later became a global pandemic.

Early this week, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called out the Chinese regime for continuing to lie about the pandemic.

“The Chinese Communist Party is still lying,” Cotton told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” “You see it again today. So, for instance, China says they have no more new cases, no more new deaths, yet they just closed all movie theaters nationwide only a few days after having opened them up.”

“They say they’ve only had 2,500 cases that resulted in deaths or so, yet a single mortuary has ordered more than 5,000 urns. You can look at these basic facts to know that the Chinese Communist Party is still lying today, as they were in December and January, and that’s why what could have been a local problem in Wuhan turned into a global pandemic from which more than 2,000 Americans have now died,” he added.

China has claimed that the outbreak is now under control in the country but this week, it took drastic measure of putting roughly 600,000 residents in Jia county, near the city of Pingdingshan in central China, in total lockdown amid fear of second CCP Virus wave, reported Politico.