Human Rights Council Concludes Disappointing Session


CDNBear
#1
Human Rights Council Concludes Disappointing Session

Geneva, March 30, 2007 — UN Watch expressed disappointment that the UN Human Rights Council concluded its fourth session today without addressing the vast majority of human rights abuses occurring around the world.

The Council ignored such serious situations as repression in Burma and North Korea, denial of political rights in China, restrictions on women's rights in Saudi Arabia, and even the violent crackdown on opposition leaders in Zimbabwe that took place as the Council met. There had been talk that Western members would seek resolutions on Burma, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe, but none was ever tabled. A majority of Council members even decided to discontinue the body's confidential discussions of violations in Iran and Uzbekistan, two of the world's most abusive states.

Particularly appalling is the Council's treatment of the ongoing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. Two weeks ago, the Council heard the report of its Darfur assessment team, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, which found the government of Sudan responsible for orchestrating and participating in "large-scale international crimes in Darfur," and also cited other parties to the conflict for gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law. The Council, however, could only agree on a meekly-worded resolution that failed to condemn, or even to cite, the Sudanese government or any other party for the abuses in Darfur. The Council, which is dominated by Sudan's allies in the African and Islamic groups, did not even formally adopt the Williams report, but merely "took note" of it.

In its nine months of existence, the Council has condemned only one country in the entire world for human rights violations: Israel. At this session, the Council passed yet another resolution—its ninth—against the Jewish state.

"Adopting the Williams report was the Council's best hope to redeem its shaky credibility," said Executive Director Hillel Neuer. "Yet all that the Council could muster was a weak resolution merely 'expressing deep concern' about violations in Darfur without attributing those violations to anyone." An earlier European Union draft would have added the words "including attacks by rebel and government forces," but even that was too strong for Sudan's allies in the Council. The resolution also defers to Sudan by expressing regret that the Williams mission "could not visit Darfur," obscuring that it was the Khartoum government that denied them entry.

The Council also adopted, over the objections and abstentions of nearly half of its members, an Islamic Group-sponsored resolution against "defamation of religions," an attempt to suppress perceived offenses against Islam and even to justify violent reactions thereto. Not only does the resolution refer to Islam alone among the world's religions, it is inconsistent with free speech protections and with the fundamental principle that international human rights law is about protecting individuals, not religions.

In addition, a majority of the Council voted to adopt a resolution, sponsored by China, on "strengthening the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights." In an Orwellian twist on its name, this resolution in fact seeks to impede the effectiveness of the UN's professional human rights office, including by making geographic balance preeminent in its hiring decisions.




UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization founded in 1993 to monitor UN compliance with the
principles of its Charter. It is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative
Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department
of Public Information.
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So what is this UN council actually doing???

Not one damn thing. Lest Israel be the worst human rights violators on the planet.

Good grief this is just more UN sanctioned anti semetic BS.
 
CDNBear
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What a joke, the Council ignores its own fact finders and passes yet another resolution against Israel, while human rights violations in the rest of the world, go unchallenged.
 
Sparrow
#3
As usual the UN fails again. Did you see the list elected members?
2007 Group [2]
  • African States : Algeria , Morocco , South Africa , and Tunisia .
  • Asian States : Bahrain , India , Indonesia , and Philippines .
  • Eastern European States : Czech Republic , and Poland .
  • Latin American & Caribbean States : Argentina , and Ecuador .
  • Western European & Other States : Finland , and the Netherlands
Many of these countries have human rights abuses. This is a farce, they talked about Israel because it is an easy target. This is a wishy washy council and will never really accomplish anything. Take a look at the 2008 and 2009 members:
2008 Group [3]
  • African States : Gabon , Ghana , Mali , and Zambia .
  • Asian States : Japan , Pakistan , South Korea , and Sri Lanka .
  • Eastern European States : Romania , and the Ukraine .
  • Latin American & Caribbean States : Brazil , Guatemala , and Peru .
  • Western European & Other States : France , and the United Kingdom .
2009 Group [4]
  • African States : Cameroon , Djibouti , Mauritius , Nigeria , and Senegal .
  • Asian States : Bangladesh , China , Jordan , Malaysia , and Saudi Arabia .
  • Eastern European States : Azerbaijan , and the Russian Federation .
  • Latin American & Caribbean States : Cuba , Mexico , and Uruguay .
  • Western European & Other States : Canada , Germany , and Switzerland
Do you really think anything will be accomplished most members with the exception of the Western European and Other States have human rights abuses.
 
CDNBear
#4
Specifically this...

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Not only does the resolution refer to Islam alone among the world's religions, it is inconsistent with free speech protections and with the fundamental principle that international human rights law is about protecting individuals, not religions.

Is what I find truly offensive and troubling!
 
crit13
#5
The UN should be disbanded.

Or at least removed from NY city and placed somewhere in the ME or Africa where it's views are shared.
 
L Gilbert
No Party Affiliation
#6
Quite. Hypocrites have no room to point fingers. It's just a machine in which a few countries can portray a facade of decency. I can't really see who they think they're fooling, but the whole thing's a joke.
 
CDNBear
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Besides the hypocracy and the terrable joke that is the UN, does anyone else see the infection that is beginning to fester here?

We have the UNHRC adopting Islamic group created resolutions, Islam being the only religion singled out in said resolution, wilfully ignoring their own fact finders, and the fact that the only country to be centered out and condemned is Israel.

This is beyond a bad joke, this is the beginnings of the UN being hijacked by an agenda driven sect.
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btw, welcome back LG, I missed ya around here, how ya doin'?
 
L Gilbert
No Party Affiliation
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

Besides the hypocracy and the terrable joke that is the UN, does anyone else see the infection that is beginning to fester here?

We have the UNHRC adopting Islamic group created resolutions, Islam being the only religion singled out in said resolution, wilfully ignoring their own fact finders, and the fact that the only country to be centered out and condemned is Israel.

This is beyond a bad joke, this is the beginnings of the UN being hijacked by an agenda driven sect.

It isn't the beginning of this activity, Bear. It's merely the continuance of it.
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Quote:

btw, welcome back LG, I missed ya around here, how ya doin'?

Thanks for the WB, Bear. Sore at the moment, but thanks for asking.
 
CDNBear
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert View Post

Thanks for the WB, Bear. Sore at the moment, but thanks for asking.

Waa happend???
 
L Gilbert
No Party Affiliation
#10
Rocks in kidney.
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert View Post

Rocks in kidney.

OUCH!!!
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert View Post

Rocks in kidney.

Nice to see you back among the living Gilbert, now that they got your kidney stones under control they can look at getting the rocks in your head removed.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert View Post

Rocks in kidney.

Nice to see you back among the living Gilbert, now that they got your kidney stones under control they can look at getting the rocks in your head removed. Oh yah, screw Israel and all the genocidal zionists.
 
L Gilbert
No Party Affiliation
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Nice to see you back among the living Gilbert, now that they got your kidney stones under control they can look at getting the rocks in your head removed.

I asked them about that and they actually did do an EEG but couldn't find anything.
Thanks for the WB, Beav.
 
L Gilbert
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

.....Oh yah, screw Israel.....

Horny today?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Oh yah, screw Israel and all the genocidal zionists.

I guess being able to read is beyond the grasp of mere beavers.

 
wallyj
#17
I am so glad to read that most members here agree that the UN is at best dysfunctional,at worst,a serious hindrance to world stability.I agree also.BTW,what group is the driving force behind the Kyoto agreement? Hopefully,it is someone that has much more credibility?
 
westmanguy
#18
The UN is no longer independent.

It has become corrupt.

I think whats going to happen is the USA is going to get so f'ing PO'ed by the UN, that they are going to kick them out of New York, and leave.

And when the USA leaves the UN, it will be a chain reaction.

United Kindom
Australia
Canada
etc.

will follow suit, and it will crumble apart anyways. Then a groups of aligned nations will form.

The USA will form an official alliance with Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, some S. American nations, and other similar leagues will form.
 
snfu73
#19
The fact that there is a body where the representatives from most of the countries on the planet...the UN...is a major accomplishment. There is no way this body can tackle all of the issues of the world. But at least it is a place for dialogue...for ideas...for representatives and leaders to be in one room. The UN is an important institution. It has faults. It is not perfect. But it is pretty amazing none the less.
 

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