By Steve Berman
But the worst offender in this miasma by the East River is the UN Human Rights Council.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley took the HRC to task the other day with a blistering Op-Ed in the Washington Post, explicitly questioning its legitimacy in its condoning and whitewashing of brutal tyrants and regimes. She will make that case in person today in Geneva, a stopover on her way to Israel.
In her Op-Ed, she cited as examples the laughably false statement by the Cuban deputy foreign minister, who lauded Cuba’s historic prestige “in the promotion and protection of all human rights.” She bashed once-rich, now sad and brutal Venezuela.
Venezuela is a member of the council despite the systematic destruction of civil society by the government of NicolÃ¡s Maduro through arbitrary detention, torture and blatant violations of freedom of the press and expression. Mothers are forced to dig through trash cans to feed their children. This is a crisis that has been 18 years in the making. And yet, not once has the Human Rights Council seen fit to condemn Venezuela.
Haley even fired a broadside at the Russians, for their invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.
This illegal occupation resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries, as well as arbitrary detentions. No special meeting of the Human Rights Council was called, and the abuses continue to mount.
Today, Haley will address the council and propose a new voting scheme to “keep the worst human rights abusers from obtaining seats.” Instead of regional blocs nominating their own candidates, which are frequently back-scratching deals resulting in abusers sitting on the very council that should condemn them, Haley favors competitive voting.
“Competition would force a candidate’s human rights record to be considered before votes were cast,” she wrote.
And returning to a theme Haley addressed before, she blasted the body for its unceasing persecution of Israel.
The council must also end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism. When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong.
Obviously, something is seriously wrong. The Human Rights Council is nothing but a costume for despots and bloody tyrants to don the mask of legitimacy while they continue their butchery at home.
It also exists as a bludgeon against the most hated nation in the entire UN, what most of the body considers a mistake it made 70 years ago—the State of Israel.
Haley hit the nail right on the head. But in Geneva, they may as well remove their earpieces for all the listening that will be going on. The UN has little interest in being anything other than cover for evil dictators.