UN Human Rights Council led by dictators and leaders of repressive regimes

Sunday, November 15, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
NaturalNews.com
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Americans and other citizens of Western nations are constantly lectured by officials at the United Nations about our records of “human rights,” but a closer examination of current member states of the world body’s human rights council indicates that, as in the past, a great many are led by brutal authoritarian dictators and regimes, The Washington Free Beacon (WFB) reported.

In recent days, 18 countries were chosen to serve three-year terms on the council, beginning in January. But the Human Rights Foundation, a political action group, expressed concerns over several of the selectees, including Venezuela, Burundi, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Togo and the United Arab Emirates.

“It is an outrage that the U.N. entrusted the world’s human rights protection to some of the worst dictatorships and authoritarian regimes,” Thor Halvorssen, president of the foundation, said in a statement. “A mere nine years after its foundation, the council today shows the same symptoms of hypocrisy and double standards displayed by the discredited Human Rights Commission that preceded it.”

The council, which was created in 2006, is “responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them,” the UN says.

But, the foundation in a newly released report jointly prepared with other human rights groups, notes that there have been rampant abuses by the selected countries’ governments, to include repression of political opponents and civil society, independent media censorship and corruption throughout state institutions.

Intimidation, detention, abuse

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