The UN is worse than worthless. Democracies and freedom-loving nations allow dictators and sharia regimes to make a mockery of that which we civilized men hold most dear: human rights.
How can democracies and dictatorships co-exist in a world body successfully? They can't. Which is why the UN is such an abysmal failure.
Comment on Saudi-Jordan Trade of UN Seats GENEVA, November 8, 2013 -- UN Watch Organization
In reaction to news reports that Jordan's pull-out from next week's UN human rights council election (see below) was part of a deal that will see Jordan obtain the Security Council seat recently rejected by Saudi Arabia, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer issued the following comment:
"It is appalling that seats on the world's top human rights body are being traded like merchandise, treated as trinkets by non-democracies. We are witnessing backroom deals of the most cynical kind, which show contempt for the official UN membership criteria requiring that candidates be elected on the basis of their record in promoting and protecting human rights."
(See full appeal below.)
Top EU Lawmakers Urge Own Governments to Oppose China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia in UN Rights Council Election
=strong>BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: JORDAN PULLS OUT, CREATING 'CLEAN SLATE' FOR CHINA, SAUDI ARABIA & VIETNAM
GENEVA, November 7, 2013 - TSee text below.
According to an exclusive report today by UN Watch, Jordan has pulled out of the race, which means that Asian group candidates China, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam no longer face any competition.
Today's open appeal, organized by the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, was sent today by an international coalition of 30 MPs and human rights activists to all EU governments, as well as to EU foreign affairs commissioner Catherine Ashton.
Signatories include European Parliament Vice-President Edward McMillan-Scott, Elmar Brok, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, and former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, who now heads the European Parliament's Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party.
Other legislators joining the appeal include Baroness Deech of the British House of Lords, Baroness Ludford of the European Parliament, Canadian MP and former justice minister Irwin Cotler, and Emanuelis Zingeris, Lithuanian MP and head of the global Parliamentary Forum for Democracy.
Diplomats had predicted some difficulty for the Saudi bid, with UN delegates still upset over Riyadh's surprise rejection of its Security Council seat. Now with a closed slate, however, the Saudis are almost assured of winning a seat on the world body that holds primary responsibility over issues such as women's rights and religious freedom.
As part of the opposition campaign, UN Watch together with Human Rights Foundation organized a press conference this past Monday at UN headquarters in New York, where they presented a comprehensive report detailing why no less than 12 of 16 candidates fail to meet the UN's own basic criteria for membership on the human rights council.
UN Watch and Human Rights Foundation brought famous dissidents to testify at UN headquarters this past Monday, November 4th, before a gathering of diplomats, activists and journalists. Left to right: Chinese dissident Yang Jianli, Cuban dissident Rosa Maria Paya, Saudi dissident Ali Al-Ahmed, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, HRF president Thor Halvorssen, and Russian dissident Masha Gessen.
The NGO event also featured passionate appeals from some of the world's most famous human rights dissidents, including blind activist Chen Guangcheng from China, Rosa Maria Paya of Cuba, Ali Al-Ahmed of Saudi Arabia, and Masha Gessen of Russia. (Click here for quotes from the event; and click here for the speech of Chinese dissident Yang Jianli.)
In anticipation of the Nov. 12 elections, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer warns: "If the UN enables gross abusers to act as champions and global judges of human rights, it will be an insult to the political prisoners and other victims of those regimes. When the UN's highest human rights body becomes a case of the foxes guarding the henhouse, the world's victims suffer.
"China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia systematically violate the human rights of their own citizens," said Neuer, "and they consistently vote the wrong way on UN initiatives to protect the human rights of others."
"For the UN to elect Saudi Arabia as a world judge on human rights would be like making a pyromaniac the fire chief," said Neuer.