United Nations Human Rights Council, what a farce!
The UN has never elected Israel to participate on the HRC, a democratic, pluralistic, free market oriented country in the midst of most that aren’t. According to an ad in the WSJ, “..the HRC has issued more condemnations of Israel than of all other states combined. It has an agenda item dedicated solely to Israel, the only state treated this way.” North Korea? Many others?
Shouldn’t membership on the HRC depend on the fact that your country actually respects human rights?
Membership of the Human Rights Council
The Council is made of 47 Member States, which are elected by the majority of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations through direct and secret ballot. The General Assembly takes into account the candidate States’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.
The Council’s Membership is based on equitable geographical distribution. Seats are distributed as follows:
- African States: 13 seats
- Asia-Pacific States: 13 seats
- Latin American and Caribbean States: 8 seats
- Western European and other States: 7 seats
- Eastern European States: 6 seats http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/Membership.aspx
The 47 current members are noted in this link. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/CurrentMembers.aspx. Current members in include Cuba-certainly a respecter of human rights as long you agree with Raul and Fidel, otherwise you are in jail; China-another one, disagree and you are in jail; Saudi Arabia-my goodness, is a woman driving a car a human right?
Just this week the below happened.
China, Russia, Venezuela and Angola tried to stop the HRC from talking about human rights abuses, but failed, good. “UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China, Russia, Venezuela and Angola failed on Thursday to stop the United Nations Security Council from holding its second meeting on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.China called a vote to stop the meeting, but lost nine to four. Nigeria and Chad abstained. Nine votes are needed to win a procedural vote and the five permanent members – China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France – cannot use their vetoes.” http://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2015/12/11/china-russia-fail-to-stop-un-meeting-on-rights-in-north-korea/
China, Russia and its’ friends tried to block the UN talking about human rights abuses in a number one abuser.
We live in a weird world where relativism and parochial desires pushes out inalienable rights in the organization formed to:
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. http://www.un.org/en/charter-united-nations/index.html.