Babalú’s Believe It Or Not

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.”

9 thoughts on “Babalú’s Believe It Or Not”

  1. I think this is more serious than 90% of folks will realize.

    Essentially, we’re seeing a sort of coup d’etat at the UN and when one sees the sorts of folks being appointed to these positions – one has to wonder what sort of nefarious plans the UN has – a one-world totalitarian government? Very troubling. I’ve been saying it for quite some time – the United States should really pull out of the U.N. and boot the organization from U.S. soil. It has fallen from its lofty ideals and now serves as a prime supporter of enslavement and dictatorships across the globe.

    This is scary stuff.

  2. I heard they were appointing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and David Duke to the Save Israel Committee. Any truth to the rumor?

  3. Dude the amount of money that the U.S. spends on this fucking UN is just ridiculous……The U.S. should definetely pull out…shit we’re footing majority of the bills anyway.

  4. exactly as cubawatch said.
    exactly as George said.
    exactly as readytoshot said.

    this is worth worth a piling on.

  5. George- Here’s the latest on the SIC appointments:Duke has been rejected (good qualifications-but too much conservative baggage); Mahmoud appears to be a shoo-in.

  6. and I quote:

    The Council itself was set up two years ago to replace the UN’s discredited old Human Rights Commission.

  7. How about pulling out of the U.N. and starting a new world organization for countries that really have democracy and human rights. There would have to be certain objective criteria to join, like true freedom of the press.

  8. By the way – off topic but – and don’t get on me for this – as many of you may know, I’m not a big fan of the Bush administration. That said, I was so damn heartened by something which I have a hunch, the administration spearheaded.

    As you all know, a U.S. Olympic skater who has been a vocal supporter for human rights in Darfur, was denied his visa to attend the Beijing games by the Chinese government – which supports the ongoing human rights abuses in Sudan simply because it’s turning a profit.

    The U.S. has responded in kind . . .

    A refugee from the violence in Darfur will carry the U.S. flag into the stadium for the U.S. team.

    I just thought that was absolutely wonderful and that it works quite well as an audible “F-You” to the Chinese government.

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