How Great is UN...? The UN Human Rights Council is set to adopt a major report hailing Libya's human rights record

  • dglater

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    Mar 04, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    The UN Human Rights Council is set to adopt a major report hailing Libya's human rights record -- despite moving to suspend the Arab country's council membership amid an international outcry over attacks on civilians.

    The report shows countries applauding and commending Libya as they note "with appreciation the country's commitment to upholding human rights on the ground."

    Even Canada "welcomed improvements" Libya made "in its respect for human rights," according to the report, which is scheduled for a vote before the Geneva-based 47-member council March 18. But the Canadian government also made several critically framed recommendations to the Gadhafi regime, including one calling for reinforced measures aimed at fully investigating torture claims.

    The 23-page report was compiled as part of the council's "Universal Periodic Review" -- a process the UN bills as a rigorous scrutiny of the human rights records of each UN member state every four years.

    Highlighting what it called the council's "hypocrisy," UN Watch, a Geneva-based monitoring group, on Monday called on the body's president to withdraw the report.

    "It's now clear that the session on Libya was largely a fraud," said Hillel Neuer of Montreal, UN Watch executive director.

    "The council should schedule a new session in which members would tell the truth about the Gadhafi regime's heinous crimes, which were committed over the four decades he's been in power, yet ignored by the UN."

    According to UN Watch, topping the list of recalled witnesses should be the Libyan diplomats who defected last week and "admitted that the Gadhafi regime is a gross violator of human rights."

    The UN launched the council in 2006 to replace a discredited Human Rights Commission, which had come to be manipulated by countries with poor human rights records. Canadian-led Eye on the UN was among other monitoring groups that on Monday claimed the council has also lost its legitimacy.

    "The Universal Periodic Review system was touted as the No. 1 innovation because everyone would be scrutinized equally," said Anne Bayefsky, Eye on the UN chief, and senior fellow with New York-based Hudson Institute.

    "But human rights abuser states caught on early that the rules enable them to line up countries that support them to speak on their behalf. The result is that human rights abuser states come away from the process looking like they were open-minded and had subjected themselves to scrutiny."

    Iran, Sudan and Cuba are among countries that heaped praise on Libya's human rights record -- despite themselves having poor human rights records, according to monitoring groups.



    Read more: http://www.canada.com/adopt+report+praising+Libya+record/4363104/story.html#ixzz1FbtxLAvS


    That's one government spending program ill support to eliminate.
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    Mar 04, 2011 7:01 AM GMT
    The UN is for the most part, a farce and a waste of tax dollars.

    The only possible reason for our continued membership would be our place on the Security Council to check Chinese and Russian ambitions (in much the same way they check ours and to a lesser degree, one another).

    And the lesser countries that scheme to subvert American sovereignty with ideas that are at best naïvely Utopian, and at worst, darkly sinister.
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    Mar 04, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    In the five years of its existence, the UN Human Rights Council has adopted 35
    condemnatory resolutions on Israel, and little over a dozen for the rest
    of the world combined. That translates into roughly 70 percent of the
    ...council’s moral outrage being deployed to demonize and delegitimize the most democratic country in the Middle East.
  • musclmed

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    Mar 04, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    for this reason the U.N. is a wasteful irrelevant body.

    It prominently displays a terrorist dictator on its human rights commission.
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    Mar 04, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    I visited Rwanda a little under 10 years after the attempted genocide - even stayed at the Hotel des Mille Collines (before I knew about the movie Hotel Rwanda on which it was based). Hearing stories of people first hand being slaughtered, and the move to learn English in rejection of France, and even in the aftermath with similar atrocities being committed in the Congo, I have often wondered whether the UN does more harm than good. There is nothing just or moral of a General Assembly comprised by solid majority of despots and dictators, who make decisions by majority vote.
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    Mar 04, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    musclmed saidfor this reason the U.N. is a wasteful irrelevant body.

    It prominently displays a terrorist dictator on its human rights commission.


    Sadly, the reasons are far more numerous than that.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Mar 04, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    The UN is more or less the international community's forum to be "politically correct" and engage in lip service. It is truly a waste of money. It is subsidized by largely the US and a few other European powers, but in the end, no one really gives a damn what they do.

    Even prior to the end of the Cold War, the UN progressively began to lose significance (starting with the Vietnam era, if not earlier than that), and when Bush invaded Iraq in 2003, its significance was outright obliterated. Bush basically gave every other country on the planet a precedent to totally disregard the authority of the Security Council, what little authority it had. For every future invasion or act of war, the perpetrators will point back to Bush and Iraq as an example of the 'say one thing, do something else' attitude of the UN.

    Most countries involved with various sub-entities and committees, like the UN Human Rights Council, are so disingenuous and corrupt that most people and countries don't take their reports or recommendations seriously. This recent incident with Libya being on the UNHRC is another example of this inherent duplicity.

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    Mar 04, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    This isn't exactly "News", but better late than never.

    Given the current sweep (we hope) of democracy, perhaps the HRC should be modified such that only democratic countries may serve on it. (Fat chance of that passing given that non-democratic countries are the majority and thus many UN bodies have been hijacked.)


    (Alpha1, there are those who argue that Resolutions 678 and 1441 authorized the 2003 Iraq war, but no need to discuss that here.)