Continuing in the grand tradition of John Bolton, today we put America's values first. The US decided not to seek a seat on the UN's Human Rights Council. The US believes the council needs to be reformed (this is the second year we have chosen not to seek a seat) and one of the reasons is because we just don't believe it has credibility. It has continued to solely focus on Israel while ignoring important countries such as Sudan, Burma, Cuba and North Korea. It is as tool for Islamic hate and worldwide antisemitism. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AT THE UN TODAY.
More on the abuses of the human rights council here.
U.S. Criticizes U.N. Human Rights Body (Gedda, AP) Wednesday, March 7, 2007 AP By George Gedda
For the second year in a row, the United States has decided not to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, the State Department said Tuesday, accusing the panel of an anti-Israeli bias.
Spokesman Sean McCormack said the council has had a "singular focus" on Israel, while countries such as Cuba, Myanmar and North Korea have been spared scrutiny. He said that though the United States will have only an observer role, it will continue to shine a spotlight on human rights issues.
The 47-member commission is made up largely of governments who have been elected. Among member countries which lack elements of a free and fair democratic system are Gabon, China, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
The most senior Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, supported the administration decision.
"Rather than standing as a strong defender of fundamental human rights, the Human Rights Council has faltered as a weak voice subject to gross political manipulation," she said.
The council is the successor to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which was dismantled last year as part of a reform program. The United States felt the reform did not go far enough, and declined to compete for a seat when the council was formed in 2006.