UNWatch and HRF call on UN to ban Cuba and other human rights violators from Human Rights Council
Keep in mind that the UN that is contemplating allowing Cuba's Castro regime (one of the bloodiest and most brutal violator of human rights in the world) to take a seat on the Human Rights Council is the same world body that just voted to demand the U.S. remove sanctions against the Castro dictatorship.
UN Watch Coalition Urges EU & US to Oppose Regimes in Next Week's UN Human Rights Council Election
New Report: UNHRC Candidates China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Jordan, Vietnam are "Not Qualified"; Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uruguay are "Questionable"
GENEVA, November 5, 2013 - As the U.N. prepares to elect 14 nations next week to its highest human rights body, a coalition of non-governmental human rights groups and MPs sent an appeal yesterday to U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign affairs commissioner Catherine Ashton urging them to oppose the candidacies of China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Jordan, and Vietnam. The regimes were found to be "Not Qualified" under the U.N.'s own membership criteria, in a report presented yesterday at a UN briefing in New York before media, diplomats and human rights activists.
The qualifications of Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uruguay were deemed "questionable" based on problematic human right records or UN voting records. Click here for PDF of the full report.
The evaluations were published by two non-governmental organizations, the Geneva-based UN Watch and Human Rights Foundation.
"China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia systematically violate the human rights of their own citizens," said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, "and they consistently vote the wrong way on UN initiatives to protect the human rights of others."
"For the UN to elect Saudi Arabia as a world judge on human rights would be like a town fire department choosing a pyromaniac to be its chief firefighter."
With the release of the report, an international coalition of NGOs and MPs appealed to the U.S. and the EU to take action.
Regrettably, so far neither the U.S. nor the EU have said a word about hypocritical candidacies that will undermine the credibility and effectiveness of the UN human rights system. By turning a blind eye as human rights violators easily join and subvert the council, leading democracies will be complicit in the world body's moral decline.
It will be an insult to their political prisoners and many other victims -- and a defeat for the global cause of human rights -- if the UN helps gross abusers act as champions and global judges of human rights. When the U.N.'s highest human rights body becomes a case of the foxes guarding the henhouse, the world's victims suffer.
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