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Continuing our ongoing battle against the Human Rights Council's stupidity, it's time to unveil just how bad it had gotten over there. I don't want to take all the credit though. All of this information I'm about to show you is freely available on the council's website.
As was revealed in the last post linked above, the council has been holding its fourth session since its inception, going from March 12 through the 30th. In that time it has exempted Iran and Uzbekistan, two of the world's worst human rights abusers, from examinations into their actions. And did you know that development is a fundamental human right? It's news to me... Oh yeah, and let Sudan know of its "deep concern" over the blocking of its examination team from entering the country.
Today was different though! It made sure that things got much, much more stupid. Two absolutely incredible resolutions were passed today that are specifically worth mentioning: a resolution on religious defamation and another on "unilateral coercive measures" with regards to human rights. But why are these things stupid? Read on...
Resolution on the defamation of religion
The original resolution was actually brought up months ago. I've made it available to download here if you want to read it, but here is a long excerpt that is worth reading because there is particularly blaring features of almost every line in it:
Alarmed at the continuing negative impact of the events of 11 September 2001 on Muslim minorities and communities in some non-Muslim countries and the negative projection of Islam in the media, and the introduction and enforcement of laws that specifically discriminate against and target Muslims, Alarmed also at the serious instances of intolerance, discrimination and acts of violence based on religion or belief, intimidation and coercion motivated by extremism, religious or otherwise, occurring in many parts of the world and threatening the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms,The resolution exclusively singles out Islam as the major religion in the world that is discriminated against today! And that we must use as much of our state resources as possible to make sure that our institutions do not spread lies about it! But do you see any other religions in there? The Buddhists of Tibet? The Falun Gong of China? The Christians of Sudan for crying out loud?
Perhaps it is especially worth noting that this resolution was presented by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic States, so one can hardly be surprised at the one-sidedness of it all. Tehmina Janjua, the presenter from Pakistan, even explicitly says that Islam is the discriminated against religion of our day and age. I wonder if Pakistan and fellow supporting OIS member Saudi Arabia plan on upholding such a resolution in their own countries, or will this be yet another double-standard? I think we know the answer to that.Here is the vote breakdown between countries. Those who voted against all noted that they are against discrimination based on religion, but did not agree that the resolution should be based on defamation, which would lead to restrictions on free speech. Many also made sure to note the one-sidedness of the resolution. So why would a resolution like this even be brought up. You will notice that it is mostly Islamic and authoritarian countries who voted for it. And they still passed with a majority, proving even more that the UN Human Rights Council is a joke!
In favour (24): Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Gabon, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.What a farse.
Resolution on human rights and unilateral coercive measures
Here's the vote break-down:
Against (12): Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine and United Kingdom.Abstention (1): Republic of Korea. Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro, presenting for the Non-Aligned Movement (no agenda there!), had this to say (summary):
The application of unilateral coercive measures against developing countries was a flagrant violation of their rights, as it prevented them from achieving their fundamental human rights, in particular the rights of all persons to an adequate standard of living, food, shelter, and the right to life.You have to have a dark sense of humor and the ability to laugh at this kind of stuff, otherwise you might break down and cry for how depraved our international institutions have become. How ironic that the most free countries with the best human rights records in the world voted against this, while those with the worst deemed to necessary in order to ensure great rights! Please, someone tell me it's not the open container of glue that's making me see this.
At least before, the commission the could get away with stuff like this, but never did it have such power to enforce such ridiculous resolutions.« Close It
Filed under: United NationsForeign Policy's Passport blog has a post up about how the UN Human Rights Council has become a complete joke, a shadow of its supposed ideals. It writes about latest developments this week in Geneva:
In Geneva this week, any pretense of utility or fairness that clung to the United Nations Human Rights Council finally evaporated. By a decisive margin, the Council voted to end its examination of Iran and Uzbekistan despite worsening human rights records in both countries. Japan, South Korea, and Brazil were surprising votes in favor of the free passes; they had been supported more predictably by Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Azerbaijan.Ironic given that Iran and Uzbekistan are perhaps some of the worst human rights violators in the world. Could Amnesty International possibly have been wrong when it declared "a new beginning for human rights" back in May 2006? No, it's a new beginning alright. It's an era of greater protection for human rights violators and back-patting for the insane leftists who supported its creation! Everyone wins! (Except the victims, but who are they, really?) In nearly a year, here is a brief list of some of the Human Rights Council's greatest accomplishemnts:
And that's just some of them, but you can see the single-mindedness and uselessness of it all. Even the Human Rights Watch people are having to admit that their early optimism was clearly misplaced as best. Human rights isn't an issue that can be politicized and decided upon in the context of regional and despotic politics. But even when the council's democratic members don't stand up for them, all hope is lost.
Human rights are black-and-white. Only when a system based on objectivity and professionalism is put into place can a human rights council have any purpose other than making things worse.
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