Pretty Ironic

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Here's an ironic development: Human Rights Watch is calling the UN Human Rights Council a "huge disappointment". They note that the body essentially debated a lot of the world's problems and accomplished nothing at all.

The Council, launched earlier this year to replace the much maligned Human Rights Commission, was struggling for agreement on a closing statement to include the Middle East and Sudan's Darfur after three weeks of work at its Geneva headquarters.

"There is an urgent need for the Council to change course and address in an effective and active way the human rights violations that ought to occupy its time," said Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

Although there was good and detailed debate at the session on many of the world's most problematic human rights situations, the 47-state body ended up taking no action on any, she said.

The proposed final statement mentions Darfur, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, defamation of religion and the right to development.

Faced with some 44 different resolutions, and with no time to debate them all, Council chairman Luis Alfonso de Alba proposed covering just a few in a final consensus text, but Human Rights Watch said the wording was too mild.

"That statement will not be the sort of action we are looking for," Hicks told a news conference.

"The session is a huge disappointment," she said, adding it had not strengthened human rights protections.

The UN "cleans itself up" with the "reform" of the Human Rights Council. Yeah. That'll work. Notice what got addressed at all? All subjects of interest to Islamists. Nothing else got touched. Anyone still believe the UN is useful?

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2 Responses to Pretty Ironic

  1. Jay McGinley says:

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    Several of us have decided to begin a RESCUE DARFUR FAST. One of us began 5 days ago, and several others today. Links below for the details.
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    Please consider linking (below) to increase the visibility of this effort.
    Jay McGinley jymcginley@cs.com
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    DARFUR Dying for Heroes (you would find this a helpful resource)
    Stand With Darfur-White House II
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