Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Human-Rights Charade

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy
"We want a butterfly, we're not going to put lipstick on a caterpillar and declare it a success."--John Bolton talking about trying to reform the UN

I'm not that familiar with the columnist Kevin Ferris but he hits the ball out of the ball park with his latest column entitled, "Human-Rights Charade Continues at the UN". Here are some excerpts:
"Amid much fanfare about reform at the United Nations, the council replaced the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which was widely regarded as a den of dictators, terrorism sponsors and rights abusers interested in hiding their own crimes and singling out Israel for condemnation.

After a year, what’s changed? Only the name.

The dictators, terrorism sponsors and rights abusers remain. Israel is still the only country singled out for condemnation.

“No one anticipated that within one year it would be possible to gut the intended agenda of the council and make a mockery of its stated purpose on the scale that the Human Rights Council has managed to do,” says U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican.

Coleman is sponsoring a bill to ensure that the council gets no part of any U.S. funds sent to the United Nations, at least for the next two years. His criticisms are echoed in reports by human-rights organizations such as U.N. Watch and Freedom House:

•Of the 12 country-specific resolutions the council passed in the last year, nine condemned Israel. The council pretends this is out of concern for the rights of Palestinians, yet it is silent when Hamas slaughters innocents in Gaza.

• Three of the year’s resolutions raised concerns about Sudan, but there was no condemnation of the genocide there.

If the council doesn’t improve, Abrams says, “At some point, we at Freedom House will walk away and encourage the U.S. to do the same.”

When they go, they can say: “We represent the conscience of humanity."

I just read a recent article that says the situation in Darfur is continuing to get worse, yet the UN does nothing. This should be the ideal situation for the UN to deal with, otherwise, why do they even exist?

Norm Coleman may be a moderate Republican who doesn't often impress me but when it comes to dealing with the UN, he gets it right. I'm with him 100% that the UN Human Rights council shouldn't receive a dime of U.S. money until they start ACTUALLY caring and doing something about human rights. The council is a mockery at this stage and until it changes we should not be supporting it in any way.

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