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My Bad

I acknowledge my boo-boos. And this is a big one. I (foolishly) thought putting the likes of Saudi Arabia on the UN’s Human Rights Council said everything that needed to be said about the UN and human rights in general.

Enormous error:

Saudi Arabia, a country run for centuries by a ruthless criminal family masquerading as “royalty,” where people are executed for witchcraft and women are not allowed to drive, is now a leading representative of the five-member UN Human Rights Council panel.

In 2013 there was outrage when Saudi Arabia was appointed a member of the Human Rights Council panel. Its other members include Algeria, Chile, Greece and Lithuania. But now, Saudi ambassador Faisal bin Hassan Trad heads the panel charge with investigating human rights abuses.

Saudi Arabia is currently engaged in funding guerilla proxy terrorist armies in Syria, Libya and Iraq and is conducting an extended bombing campaign in Yemen, the poorest country in the middle east.

MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC NEWS: Is this something you welcome? The State Dept. said this week they “welcome” the Saudis?

SAMANTHA POWER, US AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: It is not going to have bearing on anything the United Nations does on any human rights issue.

Because all the UN does on human rights is demonize Israel. The inbred Saudis will fit right in.

My biggest error is in demonizing the Saudis. With America leading from behind, Saudi Arabia and Israel are all that stand between Iran and regional (if not global) hegemony.

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Fox in the Hen House

It was but five days ago—a lifetime in global affairs—that we clapped our hands to our face in dismay at the inclusion of Venezuela on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. We had an imaginary dialog with Hillel Neuer of UN Watch:

“When the jailer of a human rights hero is allowed to sit as a world judge of human rights, it’s like having a pyromaniac as the town fire chief. It’s absurd, and casts a shadow upon the reputation of the United Nation as a whole,” said Neuer.

That’s right. Venezuela is a member in good standing of the scrofulous UN’s leprotic Human Rights Council. Like I said: a member in good standing:

Venezuela would likely be backed by Russia, China, Cuba, and several other dictatorships on the council…”

Don’t forget Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar!

How right we were:

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini should condemn and work to reverse the appointment of Saudi Arabia as head of a key UN Human Rights Council panel that selects top officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide, said UN Watch, a non-governmental watchdog organization based in Geneva.

“It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. “Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.”

“Saudi Arabia has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom and women’s rights, and continues to imprison the innocent blogger Raif Badawi,” Neuer added.

“This UN appointment is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief, and underscores the credibility deficit of a human rights council that already counts Russia, Cuba, China, Qatar and Venezuela among its elected members.”

You’ve already used that line. But he’s not wrong. Check out the camel-sh*t-eating grin on this fat fu*k:


You can tell he’s already trying to decide which human rights advocate to lash next. If we may suggest:

“We cannot forget that the U.S. and the EU refused to utter a word of protest when we urged them, together with Saudi dissidents, to oppose the monarchy’s election in 2013. It’s a sad comment on our world that oil continues to trump basic human rights principles.”

“It’s bad enough that Saudi Arabia is a member of the council, but for the UN to go and name the regime as chair of a key panel only pours salt in the wounds for dissidents languishing in Saudi prisons, like human rights activist Raif Badawi.”

If I’m being honest, and it’s never too late to try, I’m not as anti-Saudi as I used to be. Their brain-fevered form of Sunni Islam is all that stands between Iran’s brain-fevered form of Shia Islam and armageddon—that and their $$$. So, I can’t say whether I want to take away Saudi’s position at the UN or give them an arsenal of nuclear weapons. Or both.

It’s not me that’s messed up, it’s the world. Or both.


Going Caracas

In Seattle, they merely police your garbage (see below). Other socialist paradises take things even further:

A day after being sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to social media to say he has no regrets.

“Great causes merit great sacrifices,” he wrote Friday on his verified Twitter account. “This sentence is not only against me, but it attempts to bring down the spirits of everyone who is fighting to have a better country.”

In a four-page letter, Lopez said he was writing from the military jail of Ramo Verde. He urged all Venezuelans to instigate a “democratic rebirth” by making their voices heard in the country’s next parliamentary elections.

Leave it to UN Watch to savor the irony:

“Venezuela’s verdict, following a trial that denied basic due process to the defendant, is a travesty of justice that exemplifies the Maduro government’s gross and systematic violation of its own citizen’s basic rights and freedoms,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

“When the jailer of a human rights hero is allowed to sit as a world judge of human rights, it’s like having a pyromaniac as the town fire chief. It’s absurd, and casts a shadow upon the reputation of the United Nation as a whole,” said Neuer.

That’s right. Venezuela is a member in good standing of the scrofulous UN’s leprotic Human Rights Council. Like I said: a member in good standing:

Venezuela would likely be backed by Russia, China, Cuba, and several other dictatorships on the council…”

Don’t forget Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar!

I would just disagree with the good Mr. Neuer’s description of a shadow being cast “upon the reputation of the United Nation as a whole”. How do you cast a shadow on a nullity? A black hole? A gaping void of emptiness?


Israel Ready to Be Judged

In an episode of House, the eponymous doctor, played by Hugh Laurie, has a marvelous exchange with a judgmental patient:

Dr. Gregory House: [to a patient overly concerned with personal grooming] I’m wearing a rumpled shirt and I forgot to brush my hair this week. You have Athlete’s Foot in your nose. I’m ready to be judged.

The patient used the same clippers to cut his toenails and trim his nose hair. The look of disgust on his face is matched only by House’s gloating smirk.

The entire nation of Israel must be wearing the same expression. Tomorrow, Monday, they will be judged by that body laughingly (and dissemblingly) known as the United Nations Human Rights Council. It’s hard to count the lies in that name alone.

A body that includes that festering sore of human rights, Saudi Arabia:

Leaked Saudi cables, however, document what we knew all along: that despite the UNHRC’s official membership criteria — “the candidates’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto” — dictatorships strike backroom deals to elect each other onto the 47-nation body, in Kofi Annan’s words, “not to strengthen human rights but to protect themselves against criticism or to criticize others.”

Amid the trove of Saudi diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks are at least a dozen that explain how the Saudis bought their seat with money, and by bartering their UN votes.

They even approached Russia with a you-scratch-my-back-I-lash-a-blogger’s deal, and budgeted $100,000 for their “campaign” for membership.

Israel stands ready to be judged:

And over the next two weeks, both Russia, which is waging a brutal war in Ukraine that has killed some 7,000 civilians, prompting no UN inquiry, and Saudi Arabia, whose indiscriminate bombing of Yemen is largely responsible for the 2200 killed, 10,000 wounded, 20 million in desperate need of aid, with no UN inquiry, will show solemn outrage over the report against Israel, and enthusiastically join the chorus of condemnation.

If that isn’t cynical enough for you, consider this nonsense in the context of Israeli and Saudi cooperation agains the mutual threat of Iran. Both sense the threat posed by Iran’s Long March toward nuclear weapons; both know the shock of American naivete and treachery. But that’s private. For the world’s eager consumption, the Saudis will go all Iron Chef on Israel.

PS: With only one disappointment, brilliantly captured by this typo:

Saudis Lose Bid to Behead of the UN Human Rights Council

Be Head, not Behead, in case the irony escaped you.

PPS: Among other states seemingly qualified to stand in judgment: Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, and—wait for it—Venezuela. Admit it: you’re laughing right now.

PPPS: If you have appetite for more pustules of hypocrisy, remember that the UNHRC was born out of the steaming dung heap of the…UNCHR

The 47-nation UN Human Rights Council will replace the current 53-country UN Human Rights Commission.

The existing body has been heavily criticised for having countries with poor human rights records as members.

Come on, if you’re not laughing, you must be crying. The two are not mutually exclusive.


Peace Keeping, Street Walking—Same Difference

To molest one woman may be regarded as a misfortune. To molest 58,000 looks like carelessness:

A study cited in a just-published evaluation of the ugly problem of sexual exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers calculates that as many as 58,000 women in Monrovia, Liberia, alone engaged in prohibited “transactional” sex with peacekeepers in return for food, clothing, money or other favors—mostly money– over a nine-year period ending in 2012.

Are there even 58,000 women in Monrovia, Liberia?

I can’t be the only one to be reminded of the great comic set piece from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the so-called Catalog Aria:

By contrast, in 2012, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia, or UNMIL, reported just nine substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, out of 61 such allegations across all such U.N. missions, according to an annual report put out the following year by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office.

The huge chasm between those numbers—one set from the U.N., the other from a study financed in large measure by the government of Sweden –is certain to keep fanning skepticism about under-reporting, flawed investigation methods, resistance to investigation and a culture of impunity toward sexual offenses in U.N. peacekeeping. They also help to underline tensions between various branches of the U.N. itself over how to cope with the sexual abuse problem.

The UN denied spreading cholera to Haiti, too (maybe they still do), though the intestinal discomfort of many otherwise-afflicted Haitians argues otherwise.

Deny, deny, deny—that’s their MO:

Among many other things, [the report] noted:

buck-passing behavior by U.N. departments and missions over who was responsible for reacting to sexual abuse allegations;
minimal responses when action was finally taken: between 2008 and 2012, the evaluation observed, a grand total of nine civilians and police personnel were referred to “national authorities” for prosecution;
a subsequent “data gap” on what those national authorities did next;
foot-dragging by peacekeeping missions in referring allegations for investigation;
“risk of loss of evidence/witness tampering” amid the delays;
slow action and even refusal to act on the part of missions regarding allegations of sexual abuse;
the refusal of troop-supplying countries to let the U.N. know within a 10-day limit whether they were investigating wrong-doing by members of their military contingents;
An observed “irreconcilable conflict of interest in requesting national investigators to investigate their own troops;”
slow investigations by OIOS itself when called on to do so (average investigation time: 16 months);
an admission that the U.N. has behaved “very poorly” in terms of help for victims of sexual abuse: only 26 out of 217 acknowledged victims of such abuse “have been referred for assistance and of those referred, little is known what assistance, in reality, was provided to them.”

“Slow action”, “buck-passing”, and “foot-dragging” are not examples of “transactional sex”. I don’t think.

The UN thinks it can stand in judgement of Israel. That would be abhorrent if it weren’t so funny.

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One Civil Liberty Violation They’re OK With

Amnesty International and antisemitism: two great tastes that taste great together:

Amnesty International is facing criticism for refusing to tackle anti-Semitism in the UK, after a motion calling on the group to do so was voted down at its annual international conference.

The motion was narrowly defeated by 468 votes to 461 at Sunday’s International AGM.

It had been tabled by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps, who told Britain’s The Jewish Chronicle that while he was not Jewish himself, he had put forward the motion after being appalled at the rising discrimination and attacks against British Jews.

Just last week, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, a report revealed a shocking rise in the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks in Europe last year, with France and UK experiencing the greatest increase.

Thorpe-Apps said the motion was the only one rejected during the entire conference.

But it was close! Sooooo close.

In response, Amnesty International UK press officer Neil Durkin sought to explain away the vote by implying the group didn’t want to focus on one specific kind of discrimination.

“After a really interesting debate where everyone condemned discrimination against all ethnic and religious groups, our membership decided not to pass this resolution calling for a campaign with a single focus,” he said. “Amnesty International fights against discrimination in all its forms, and will continue to do so.”

However, contrary to Durkin’s claim, Amnesty has published numerous reports singling out other specific forms of discrimination, including a 123-page report on discrimination against Muslims in Europe.

It’s as true among the Left as it is of the Right in British society: there are certain things one just doesn’t discuss. Sex, money, Jew-hatred. Calling them out is bad form, old chap. Just not done.

No matter what:

Durkin added that “Amnesty’s UK Board, which supported the resolution, will be considering the outcome of the vote at their next meeting.”

That will hardly come as a comfort to British Jews, after Amnesty UK last year came under fire when one of its senior officials compared Israel to ISIS.

Leftists George Galloway and Ken Livingstone are still national political figures in Britain—two more vile antisemites in one country it would be hard to imagine, even spotting France Jean-Marie Le Pen. Better not to mention it, however. Curdles the milk in the tea.



On this, the anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls, we have a new low (or height, depending on your point of view) of lame posing.

And that’s saying something, considering the competition:

It’s been a year since Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria, an incident that brought international condemnation of the group. However, Amnesty International says that’s only a fraction of the women and girls abducted since the start of 2014.

The human rights organization has issued a new report alleging that since January of last year, Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, forcing them into slavery or the military, and has killed approximately 5,500 civilians.

“The abduction of 276 girls from Chibok was just one case amongst many,” said Daniel Eyre, Amnesty International’s Nigeria researcher. “What our report shows is that many of these girls and women have been tortured. They’ve been raped. Forced into marriage with Boko Haram members. And some have even been trained as fighters by Boko Haram. Now these are war crimes and crimes against humanity and we’re calling for them to be investigated.”

Aye-aye, cap’n. We’ll get on that right away, and have a report on you desk by 0-800.

Anything else?

The Amnesty International report makes a number of recommendations.

First, it’s calling for Boko Haram to “end its campaign of violence against civilians – and to release all the people, all the civilians … living in areas under its control,” Eyre said.

Please. If they think Western education is sinful, what do you suppose their opinion is of Western human rights organizations? I weep for the trees felled to print this report. Even the celebrity posers taking sad selfies wasted only one piece of paper.

Sometimes framed.

But go ahead and send it to Boko Haram. They’ll put it to the only use it is good for. I’ll leave it to you to figure that one out.


Other UN Initiatives You May Have Missed

While those who haven’t fallen asleep are hailing the UN’s climate deal (show of hands…anyone…?), here’s one that slipped through the cracks:

The president of Sudan has claimed victory over the International Criminal Court after it ended its probe into allegations of war crimes in Darfur.

The ICC charged Omar al-Bashir in 2009 for crimes in the region dating back to 2003, but he refused to recognise the authority of the court in The Hague.

He said the court had failed in its attempts to “humiliate” Sudan.

Announcing the suspension on Friday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda blamed it on lack of action by the UN.

She called for a “dramatic shift” in the UN Security Council’s approach, saying inaction was emboldening the perpetrators of war crimes in Darfur to continue their brutality, particularly against women and girls.

Turn that frown upside-down, Fatou. The woman and girls may still be “brutalized”, but “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow”.

What’s that? Darfur is landlocked? They couldn’t care less about the oceans? Awfully selfish of them. No wonder the UN turned its back.

Human Rights Watch said that Mr Bashir had got the wrong message from the decision to suspend the case.

“Rather than the prosecutor (Fatou Bensouda) holding up her hands in defeat, I think she threw the challenge down to the Security Council itself, that they, the Council, need to step up to the plate and assist her in the arrest and surrender of Omar al-Bashir and other accused, for fair trial at the ICC,” Human Rights Watch spokesman Richard Dicker told the BBC.

Sudan says it has carried out its own investigation and has found no proof that anyone was raped.

Given our own news on the subject lately, we Americans can relate.

A little about the climate deal (very little):

United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.

Environmental groups have criticised the deal as a weak and ineffectual compromise, saying it weakens international climate rules.

It ended in a compromise that some participants believe keeps the world on track to reach a new global treaty by the end of next year.

Good. Everyone flew airplanes into Lima, Peru, spent lots of money and wasted lots of time, agreed to do not much of anything, and then flew home. All to be repeated next year. Most international confabs are wastes of time, money, and energy—few so ironically.

As for the “brutalization” of the women and girls of Darfur, see above comment.


“War” “Crimes”

Slaughter, riot, mayhem, hate—Human Rights Watch reacts:

Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian terrorists’ homes constitutes a war crime and must be halted immediately, rights group Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

In a statement released on its website, HRW said the practice “deliberately and unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing.” Such collective punishment in occupied territory such as the West Bank and East Jerusalem was considered a war crime, the group stressed.

“It is a basic principle of law that one person should not be punished for another’s crime,” the group’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director Joe Stork said. “Punitive home demolitions are blatantly unlawful. Israel should prosecute, convict, and punish criminals, not carry out vengeful destruction that harms entire families.”

HRW also noted that the policy, which Israel had previously applied frequently between during the years of the Second Intifada, was halted in 2005 after a study by an Israeli military committee concluded that — contrary to the justification commonly given by Israeli leaders — it was ineffective in deterring attacks, and only increased hostility towards Israel.

Yeah, but it feels good, HRW! That’s gotta count for something.

Look, if we stipulate that punishing the family for the crimes of the son might be misplaced justice, and that such punishment might not be a deterrent, will you concede that in these incubators of terror said families raise proudly the monsters who murder innocent people for the “crime” of being Jewish? Your contention is debatable; ours is inarguable. Seen thusly, demolishing a hovel is hardly worthy of comment.

On the other hand, the incessant incitement to violence in the Arab media might be worthy of mention, yet you seem mute on the subject. Go figure.



Aggie linked yesterday to Bret Stephens’s brilliant column on what Obama got wrong (world’s longest book), which I read on my phone in the pre-dawn hours from the road, trying not to shout “[bleep] yeah!” at every irrefutable point.

I want to highlight one of them:

Next example: Turkey. In 2009 Mr. Obama decided to elevate Turkey and its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as his core partner in the Middle East. “On issue after issue we share common goals,” he told the Turkish parliament in April 2009. In 2012 he said that he and Mr. Erdogan had developed “bonds of trust.”

Yet in 2009 it was already clear that Mr. Erdogan was orchestrating huge show trials against his political opponents based on outlandish charges. By 2010 it was clear that he was an avowed supporter of Hamas, not to mention a vocal anti-Semite. In 2012 the Committee to Protect Journalists noted that Turkey had more journalists in prison than China and Iran put together.

Bet you didn’t know that.

And I bet you didn’t know this:

Three leading free speech groups have today sent an open letter to President Erdogan on the eve of his first address to the UN General Assembly as head of state, raising their concerns about the protection of freedom of expression in Turkey.

English PEN, ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders have called on President Erdogan to promote a culture that is favourable to freedom of expression.

23 September 2014

Dear President Erdo?an

We are writing to express our concerns about the threats and intimidation towards the journalist Ceylan Ye?insu. As you will be aware, Ms Ye?insu is a reporter for the New York Times based in Turkey and wrote an article about the recruitment of Turkish citizens by the Islamic State (ISIS) on 15 September. This was an important article in the public interest, an example of high quality and responsible investigative journalism that offers insight into ISIS at a critical time.

We were therefore dismayed to learn that following the article’s publication, Ceylan Ye?insu has been personally targeted by elements of the media sympathetic to the ruling AKP and on social media, with threats that pose a serious risk to her own safety. We were also gravely concerned to read reports that you yourself denounced the article as ‘shameless, immoral, treason’.

This is not an isolated incident. There is now a worrying trend of publicly smearing the reputation of journalists in Turkey, including threats to their lives.

Is this one of the “common goals” Obama says we share? Considering the way Obama treats any journalist with an independent mind (or how he would if there were such a creature), perhaps so. We’re hardly more supportive of Israel than Islamist Turkey.

More on those “bonds of trust”:

After years of publicly restraining himself regarding Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that the words of the leader of Washington’s close NATO ally were anti-Semitic.

According to the paper, the crowd frequently interrupted Erdogan’s speech by chanting “Down with Israel.”

“They always curse at Hitler, but they now even exceed him in barbarism. Some Americans ask why Mr. Prime Minister [Erdogan] makes such comparisons with Hitler. What’s that to you? You’re America, what’s Hitler got to do with you,” he said.

We killed his mother[bleeping] ass, Dogorgan, that’s what. Ignorant sheisskopf. More on the subject if you have the stomach.

Back to the human rights crowd:

The right to freedom of expression is enshrined in the 1982 Turkish Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in a number of international treaties to which Turkey is a state party, including Article 19 of the ICCPR and Article 10 of the ECHR.

We ask you to use your influence as President of Turkey to foster a culture where freedom of expression can flourish and where Turkey’s talented community of writers, journalists and publishers can exercise their right to freedom of expression freely and without fear of intimidation.

Blah, blah, blah. Shut up. Appealing to fascists like Dogorgan and Putin (and I could go on) is a waste of time. Waste yours if you like. Include me out.


While I Have Your Attention…

Speaking of the UN (as we were below, last night):

Testimony before the UN Human Rights Council, delivered by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, 18 June 2014, during the Interactive Dialogue with the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

In November 2011, well into Syria’s atrocities, UNESCO elected the Syrian regime—unanimously—to its human rights committee.

I ask the commission: what message did the UN send, when—up until only a few months ago—it allowed the Assad regime to sit as a judge of petitions submitted by human rights victims from around the world?

But Mr. President, it didn’t stop there. On February 20th of this year, as Syria’s Juhayna news trumpeted with glee, that country, that mass murdering regime, was “unanimously re-elected as Rapporteur of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization.”

In fact, as we meet, that committee—with Syria as its Rapporteur—is in session this week in New York, debating the future of Gibraltar, the Falklands, Bermuda, French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

So while Assad’s forces starve Palestinians to death in Yarmouk, his representative sits on a UN podium telling democracies like Britain, France, the U.S. and New Zealand how to treat their populations—all in exercise of his UN-elected mandate to end the “subjugation, domination and exploitation of peoples.”

But Mr. President, it didn’t stop there. In March, this Council undermined its own credibility on Syrian human rights, by adopting a resolution entitled “Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan” — a resolution drafted by Syria itself.

The U.S. delegate commented at the time: “To consider such a resolution—while the Syrian regime continues to slaughter its own citizens by the tens of thousands—exemplifies absurdity.”

It’s rare that diplomats use plain language, but “exemplifies absurdity” comes pretty close to describing the United Nations. It also exemplifies cruelty, corruption, venality, racism, hypocrisy, and five out of the Seven Deadly Sins.

We will now let the subject of the UN slip back into the septic tank whence it came.



I used to write more about the shabby character of the UN. I don’t know, I guess I got tired. It never seemed to be a big hit with any of the readers, judging from the lack of comments.

But just for old times’ sake:

Mr. President,

The members of this [Human Rights] Council have been mandated by the international community to protect victims of human rights violations around the world.

Is the Council living up to its mandate?

Let us consider the most fundamental of all human rights—the right to life—by examining what has happened in the world, over the past 12 months:

July 2013, Turkey: Doctors report that in the Gezi Park protests, police killed 5 people, wounded 8,163 and used chemical riot control weapons against more than 10,000.

August, Egypt: Authorities crush the sit-in held by supporters of deposed president Morsi, killing 1,000 people.

September, Iran: One month after President Rouhani’s inauguration, amid promises of human rights reforms, Iranian officials ignore UN appeals, and hang a record 50 individuals.

Did the council respond with any resolutions, urgent debates, or inquiries to determine the facts, and hold perpetrators accountable? No. Its response was silence.

October, Afghanistan: Terrorists bomb a minibus, killing 14 women and a child who were on their way to celebrate a wedding.

November, Libya: Militia kill 31 during protests in Tripoli, injuring 235.

December, South Sudan: BBC reports mass ethnic killings, including 200 shot by security forces.

January, Pakistan: 236 civilians killed by terrorist attacks.

This Council’s response? Silence.

February, Ukraine: Police kill 75 protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square.

March, China: Activist Cao Shunli, who was arrested for trying to travel to Geneva and participate this Council, mysteriously dies in prison.

April, Iraq: 750 Iraqis killed, 1,541 injured by terrorism.

May, Venezuela: Troops arrest 243 student protesters and kill one of their own, bringing the death toll to 42 since the start of the opposition protests.

Finally, June — a few weeks ago – in Nigeria: Boko Haram massacres 200 civilians while still holding the 276 school girls it abducted in April…

The UN’s response? Hung heads? Pleas for forgiveness? Promises to do better?

How about…?

At this point Mr. Neuer’s testimony was interrupted by points of order claiming that the content was outside of the agenda item, and requesting the Chair to stop him from speaking. Venezuela said Neuer was “out of order,” echoed by Cuba, China, Iran, Pakistan, and Egypt, the latter saying that the subject matter of the speech was “inappropriate.” Mr. Neuer’s right to speak was, however, defended by representatives of the U.S., France, Ireland, Canada, Norway, and Britain. The Chair read out the relevant rules of procedure, and gave the floor back to UN Watch.

Mr. President, if it “inappropriate” to speak about the urgent need to take action for victims of human rights violations around the world, then why are we here?

Our readers are wondering the same thing, Mr. Neuer.


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