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The HRC election: Another U.N. farce

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Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

In response to reprobate nations angling for seats this month on the United Nations' inglorious Human Rights Council, the Obama administration should relinquish its own council post and abandon any further pretense of trying to reform this rogues gallery of rights abusers.

The 47-member council provides nothing more than sanctuary for the world's most abusive nations. It has turned a blind eye to outrageous degradations, such as the persecution of Christians and gays in some Muslim nations this year. Yet it demonizes Israel at every opportunity.

Among rights “defenders” vying for new terms in Tuesday's election are China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Members undergo a so-called Universal Periodic Review, which amounts to little more than mutual admiration.

Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, says U.S. involvement with the council has led to some positive, albeit limited, action, such as investigations of Iran and North Korea. But “the vast majority of the world's worse abusers continue to get a free pass,” including Moscow and Havana, which are “untouchable,” Neuer writes.

And for four years now, the U.S. has been a complicit participant in this ongoing U.N. farce, most notably remaining silent when Libya's late Moammar Gadhafi was elected to the council in 2010.

For each year it remains a member, the Obama administration perpetuates the mockery of the U.N.'s human-rights-abusing council.

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