The United Nation’s Human Rights Council has appointed a Cuban law professor named Miguel Alfonso Martinez as its chairman.
Imagine that. Miguel is a law professor in a country where there is no rule of law. Talk about a charade. Well, on second thought, maybe there is some logic to his appointment. His experience in pretending that there are legitimate legal procedures in Cuba that warrant teaching, should come in handy when he has to pretend that the UN’s Human Rights Council cares about Human Rights.
To add insult to injury and to slip further into incredibility, the Human Rights Council appointed and old Soviet “law expert,” Vladimir Kartashkin, as one of Martinez’s Vice presidents.
Two experts in totalitarian law, charing a human rights council. Unbelievable.
And that’s not even the unbelievable part of the Reuter’s article.
Here’s the last paragraph of the article:
But critics say the Council has also become a battleground between blocs of countries in which Islamic nations — usually supported by Russia, China and Cuba — scrap with Western countries over competing visions of human rights.
According to Reuters there are “competing visions” of human rights? What are these visions competing with, reality? Competing delusions, maybe. Are the Reuters reporters are too niave to know what constitutes a violation of human rights?
There didn’t seem to be “competing vision” syndrome when they accused American Army Reservists at Abu Ghraib who engaged in nocturnal extracurricular activities with inmates. Those denouncing the obviously errant behavior were not labeled “critics.”
To paraphrase Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Islamic Nations, China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, et al. are entitled to their “visions” of human rights, but not to their facts. And it is fact that in these countries, human rights, which can be objectively measured, and are, by various international rights organizations, are flagrantly violated.
Shame on reporters and news organizations that ignore facts and justify the absurdity of naming a Cuban as chairman of the UN’s Human Rights Council as a “competing vision.”