The United Nations is not only a joke, it’s a horrible joke. It’s not funny or entertaining. To the contrary, it’s offensive and embarrassing.
Sadly, it’s not a joke: Cuba, China, Russia about to join U.N. Human Rights Council
It sounds totally insane, but the ongoing session of the United Nations General Assembly is about to elect Cuba, Russia and China to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N.’s top human-rights body.
Just as crazy, the Council is expected to keep Venezuela as one of its 47 member countries, despite recent devastating findings by U.N. entities accusing President Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship of being responsible for thousands of state-sponsored killings and the systematic torture of political prisoners.
You might not hear much about the voting for new Council member countries in the media. It’s drawing little attention amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. presidential race and other major new from around the world.
But make no mistake — it’s a big deal.
If Cuba, Russia and China win their seats, they will have a better-than-usual chance to kill future U.N. human-rights investigations. They would turn the Council into a virtual mutual protection society for some of the world’s worst dictatorships, more so than it is already.
Voting to fill 15 of the Council’s 47 seats is scheduled to take place Oct. 13 at the U.N. General Assembly. The candidates already have been chosen by the U.N.’s regional blocs, which each elect a predetermined number of candidates.
“Cuba and Russia are running unopposed, so it’s looking very likely that they will be joining the Council,” Louis Charbonneau, the Human Rights Watch advocacy group’s U.N. affairs expert, told me. “It also looks very likely that either China or Saudi Arabia, or both, will be elected for their regional bloc.”
How is this possible? Simple: Most democracies that are not potential subjects of human-rights probes spend their diplomatic energies at the United Nations to winning seats on commissions that can help them advance their economic interests. Dictatorships, on the other hand, go out of their way to win seats at the Human Rights Council, so that they can fend off probes into their own abuses.
Continue reading HERE.