House Foreign Affairs Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman
For IMMEDIATE Release
Ros-Lehtinen Outraged about Likely Selection of Syria to Join UN Human Rights Council
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commented today on the near certainty of Syria gaining a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. The vote on Council membership is scheduled to take place on May 20th. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Even as the Assad regime continues its onslaught against its own people, the already discredited UN Human Rights Council is poised to add Syria as a member, as that country is running unopposed for one of the Asia group openings.
“When will the UN wake up and take action to either disband this anti-Human Rights Council or, at the very least, demand that member states live up to universal human rights standards?
“I am outraged yet not surprised that the UN will not clean up its act or hold these regimes accountable. The founders of the United Nations would be appalled at the degeneration of the institution for which they held such high hopes.”
NOTE: Since 2007, Ros-Lehtinen has been the author of bills to reform the United Nations, which have included provisions withholding U.S. funding for the Human Rights Council and calling for the U.S. to withdraw, until and unless structural reforms are implemented. She will soon be introducing a revised and expanded version of this legislation.