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The UN's Theater of the Absurd

UNHRC in Geneva (Photo: wikicommons/Ludovic Courtès)

Stand for Israel told you how the U.S. has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council because of the group's ongoing pattern of anti-Israel bias and hostility. But, Gregg Roman writes for The Hill, the organization's hatred for Israel is only one problem; the other is that it is made up of nations that do not even grant human rights to their own people:

It is possible that there is no more misplaced and absurdly titled international body than the United Nations Human Rights Council. Though the name sounds noble, its work is anything but, so it is entirely correct that the United States no longer plays along with this macabre charade and has officially withdrawn from the organization.

Like all United Nations bodies, the UNHRC is a sum of its parts and, on closer inspection of the countries that make up the council such as Afghanistan, Qatar, Cuba and China, it is clear that the “inmates are running the asylum.”

Only a minority of the 47 nations on the UNHRC are considered “free” by the independent NGO Freedom House. The majority of nations currently represented on this self-styled “human rights” body do not allow basic freedoms for their own people, let alone concern themselves with global civil liberties.

In fact, many repressive countries seek a seat on the council not to advance the vision of Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but to serve as a barrier against the possibility of investigation and condemnation. It’s a strategy that has worked well for many countries where there is no democracy, freedom of religion, protections for minorities, or women’s rights.

Tags: United Nations , Anti-Israel Bias

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