The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has a nasty habit of electing representatives to its body who have the worst human rights records. Already on the Council we see some of the world’s worst: China, Russia, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia.
In 2012, the Obama administration promised to prevent human rights abusers from winning election to this council. As with many other instances where the Obama administration has made a lofty promise, they have once again decided to do what is easy instead of what is right.
A new report from UN Watch details some of the grossest human rights abusers, all while Obama has refused to lift a finger. The Jewish Press outlined its contents:
“It’s a black day for human rights,” Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based non-governmental human rights group, told the small but distinguished group of journalists, “The election of even more rights abusing regimes, on a body that already counts China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia as members, marks another severe blow to the credibility and efficacy of a body that was supposed to …protect victims,” Neuer produced a detailed report ranking the country-candidates up for election into three categories, ‘qualified’, ‘questionably qualified’ and ‘unqualified’ based on the UN’s own criteria requiring Human Rights Council members to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights.”
The nine countries listed in the report as being unqualified to serve on the Human Rights Council are Burundi, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Krygistan, Laos, Pakistan, Togo, UAE, and Venezuela. Speakers from three of the unqualified countries up for election shared personal experiences emphasizing the dismal human rights records of the countries in question.
So why do we pay for the UN?
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