Why would President Hussein be seeking a seat on the notoriously anti-semitic, anti-American UN "human rights" council? His seeking such an appointment is an abomination - an affront to human rights and the very things America stands for and holds dear. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This, yet again, speaks to who and what President Hussein really is. Three weeks in office and it's all bad. This is a travesty.
When John Bolton was Ambassador to the UN and Bush was President, in the waning days of a free America, the U.S. refused to join the new Human Rights council (here). It was a moral imperative. In an interview I conducted with Ambassador Bolton back in March 2006, he said:
The U.S. took a stand and would not sanction to a council that abused human rights, moved pedophiles and rapists around the globe and was responsible for all kinds of horrendous behavior.
The US had strongly endorsed reform of the current 53-member Commission on Human Rights [UN backgrounder], but supported a smaller commission than the 47-member body proposed and wanted to remove certain members with poor human rights records (more here at The Jurist).
The UNHRC has never condemned Islamic barbarity. Sudan? Darfur? Egpyt? The Organization of the Islamic Conference holds enormous influence at the UN's highest human rights body -- as is made clear by the council's obsession with the "defamation of Islam" resolutions they have imposed on the world.
"The UN human rights system has been irrevocably hijacked, corrupted and lost to those who stand to gain the most from its demise. The death throes have been evident for some time. But in many ways, events, only this last Friday, plumbed new depths of depravity. The General Assembly committee charged with humanitarian affairs whose decisions are rubber stamped by the Assembly plenary declared that Israel would be the only UN member state subject to permanent agenda item of the human rights council." Anne Bayefsky
"The U.N. human rights commission was founded in 1946 in response to the Nazi atrocities, and so it is tragic that some are now perverting its principles and denying its history," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch.
The Obama administration is weighing a bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC), a decision that would reverse Bush administration policy and underline a more favorable U.S. attitude toward international organizations.
Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has discussed joining the organization with fellow ambassadors at U.N. headquarters in New York.
"The U.S. is very interested in joining the Human Rights Council," an ambassador from one European country quoted Ms. Rice as saying. The ambassador requested anonymity because he was repeating details of a private conversation.
The U.S. mission in New York declined to comment, saying no decision has been made. But it referred a reporter to earlier comments by State Department spokesman Robert Wood.
"My expectation, although I have no inside knowledge of this, is that the Obama administration will reverse that policy," Mr. Wood told reporters.
"It's hard to improve [the HRC] from the outside," Mr. Wood said.
This is dishonest. The US participation would merely give the imprimatur of legitimacy to a depraved and morally ill organization whose objective is to advance Islamic supremacism.
The Human Rights Council was established in 2006 amid a push by the United States to reform its discredited predecessor, the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
Many countries criticized for human rights violations - including China, Cuba, Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia - have since won election to the council.
Washington would have to compete with other Western nations for one of two available seats on the body, which includes 47 member states.
"Competing" for a seat with barbarians.
President Obama has emphasized human rights during his first month in office, as well as a desire to work with multilateral organizations such as the United Nations. His administration has indicated a willingness to support prosecution for war crimes of the president of Sudan, Lt. Gen. Omar Bashir, by the International Criminal Court - a body that the Bush administration sometimes gave cooperation but refused to join.
The Bush administration said repeatedly that HRC members undermine human
rights by protecting violators and excessively focusing on Israel while treading
lightly on abuses by Zimbabwe, Iran, Belarus and other nations.
Human Rights Under Assault UN Rights Watch (July 2007)
At its recent June 2007 session, the UN Human Rights Council concluded its lengthy reform process by voting, first, to drop Belarus and Cuba from its blacklist. New restrictions were imposed on the independent experts who report on country violations. The ability to introduce resolutions that name abusers was curbed. And Israel was singled out for permanent indictment—subjected to the council's only agenda item on a specific country, and to the only investigation that examines only one side, presumes guilt in advance and is immune from regular review.
This 5-minute video offers a glimpse into how the UN's highest human rights body—dominated by the worst abusers of human rights—is tragically being turned on its head, to attack democracies, destroy mechanisms of human rights protection, and assault the very idea of human rights.
Previously at Atlas:
ANTI-HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST ISRAEL
Obama's New World Order - Caroline Glick