Who needs a “human rights” council anyway? When the United Nations adds countries to their body that repeatedly commit some of the worst crimes against humanity, doesn’t that defeat the entire purpose?
All I want to know is who and how, because like the old sayings go, “it’s all about who you know” and “money makes the world go ‘round.”
These especially ring true when talking about countries that commit egregious human rights abuses yet are added to a council that is supposed to work to police countries that mistreat their people.
On Tuesday, 193 members of the United Nations voted to add China, Cuba, and Russia to the 47-member Human Rights Council.
Also added were Pakistan, Mexico, France, Britain, and Bolivia, among others. Saudi Arabia was rejected, Reuters reported.
The new members will begin their role on the council on January 1st, 2021.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the decision, “The U.N. General Assembly once again elected countries with abhorrent human rights records,” he said.
“These elections only further validate the U.S. decision to withdraw and use other venues and opportunities to protect and promote universal human rights,” he said justifying President Trump’s withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2018.
Hillel Neuer, executive director of watchdog group UN Watch, also rejected the UN’s decision stating, “Electing these dictatorships as UN judges on human rights is like making a gang of arsonists into the fire brigade,” Axios reported.
Pompeo and Neuer are absolutely right in vehemently rejecting the UN’s outrageous decision to add these countries to the Human Rights Council.
Let us not forget that China, a nation I think wins the award for the worst addition, allowed a contagious virus to ravage the world without warning, stripped Hong Kong of democratic rule, and sent more than one million Muslim Uyghurs to concentration camps.
All of that happened within the past 10 months alone.
Cuba, the country of Fidel Castro, still openly subjects their people to dictatorship as it only recognizes one political party in the country: the Communist Party. They jail dissenters, including journalists, and prevent their people from leaving the country.
Russia similarly makes arbitrary arrests, has repeatedly tried to illegally annex Crimea, and restricts travel as well. Remember Moscow’s alleged involvement in controversy just last month when the Russian Opposition Party leader Alexi Navalny was reportedly poisoned.
Yet these are the countries the U.N. has elected to the Human Rights Council. While it is not surprising considering the state of affairs in today’s world, it is still disturbing that the world’s institutions have gone so awry when it comes to protecting people who are actually subjected to the tyranny these dictatorships impose.