Cuba, Venezuela, and Chavez get slapped at UN Human Rights Council
There are few things totalitarian dictatorships hate more than being outed and slapped in their own forum.
Banging on the table, Cuba, China, Russia & Pakistan lash out after call to exclude Chavez, other abusers from U.N. rights council
Concerted U.N. speeches slam Chavez bid for rights council seat; Dictatorships urge "striking NGO statement from the record"
VENEZUELAN EX-POLITICAL PRISONER ELIGIO CEDENO CHALLENGED HIS OPPRESSOR; CHAVEZ REP CALLS HIM A "TERRORIST" & "CRIMINAL," UN WATCH A "U.S. LACKEY"
GENEVA, June 28 - UN Watch's "Stop Chavez" campaign heated up today when Cuba, Russia, China and Pakistan lashed out at concerted speeches by high-profile guests Eligio Cedeno and Thor Halvorssen, in what one observer called a "major take-down" of Venezuela's Chavez regime and its bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. (See video at mark 27:20.)
UN Watch, which heads an international campaign of parliamentarians and human rights groups opposed to Venezuela's candidacy, organized the speech today by Eligio Cedeno, Venezuela's most-wanted man (photo below). The banker and former political prisoner, who escaped the clutches of Hugo Chavez for asylum in the U.S., confronted his oppressor in a powerful plenary statement.
Exercising its right of reply, Venezuela's representative called Cedeno a "terrorist and criminal who fled justice." The Chavez diplomat falsely accused the U.S. of having invited Cedeno to the council, which he said was "to smear the reputation of my country." He also accused UN Watch of being a U.S. "lackey.“ (See video at mark 1:55:30)
And in a concerted effort with UN Watch, Thor Halvorssen, the Venezuelan-born head of the Human Rights Foundation -- whose mother was shot by Chavez forces -- also took the floor to challenge Venezuela's credentials, as well as those of existing members Cuba, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Click here for speech.
Shouting repeatedly for the U.N. chair to stop the speech, the Cuban delegate flew into a range, fists banging on the table, and knocked over his chair.
Cuba insisted that non-governmental activists taking the floor at the U.N. “cannot question the hopes and aspirations of states to become members of the Human Rights Council, or their right to be members. You cannot say that my country does not have a right to be a member of this council.” Havana's delegate demanded that Halvorssen’s statement be “struck from the record.”
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