Big Joke… UN Human Rights Council Gives Castro One Year

Religious persecutors, Womens Rights violators, Communist Regimes, and illegal organ harvesters will make up the new UN Human Rights Council.

But, get this… the new members have one year to clean up their act… or… or else!

US Ambassador John R. Bolton speaks with reporters yesterday during activity at the United Nations. The US opted out of the reorganized Human Rights Council claiming not enough was done to prevent abusive countries from becoming members. (UN)

Despite attempts by the world media to postulate that the the “revamped’ UN Human Rights Council is better than its discredited predecessor, the line up is essentially the same. The same old dictatorships are represented, but this time without the US, who decided not to play along:

“We are looking at a very different selection pool than we traditionally did for the commission, and that’s a big step forward,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Inevitably, there will be some governments on the new council who shouldn’t be there.”

But he said it was telling that some recent members of the previous rights commission “have not even dared to seek membership on the new council.” They include Sudan, Zimbabwe, Libya, Congo, Syria, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Eritrea and Ethiopia, he said.

Umm… Sri Lanka is still on the Council.

Syria, Vietnam, and Libya were not members of the Council when it was disbanded.

And, despite the nauseating hubris from such noted “human rights” groups like Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch who are currently attacking the US at the UN Torture Court, the representatives today still managed to vote in communist regimes and brutal dictatorships.

Here is a comparison of the council members before the reorganization and after:

Nations Represented on the previous UN Human Rights Council in 2005:

The description after each nation is from the Freedom House Annual Global Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties.

15 from African States:

Burkina Faso- Partly Free
Congo (Brazzaville)- Partly Free
Egypt- Not Free
Eritrea- Not Free
Ethiopia- Partly Free
Gabon- Partly Free
Guinea- Not Free
Kenya- Partly Free
Mauritania- Partly Free
Nigeria- Partly Free
South Africa- Free
Sudan- Not Free
Swaziland- Not Free
Togo- Not Free
Zimbabwe- Not Free

12 from Asian States:

Bhutan- Not Free
People’s Republic of China- Not Free
India- Free
Indonesia- Free
Japan- Free
Malaysia- Partly Free
Nepal- Not Free
Pakistan- Not Free
Qatar- Not Free
Republic of Korea- Free
Saudi Arabia- Not Free
Sri Lanka- Partly Free

5 from Eastern European States:

Armenia- Partly Free
Hungary- Free
Romania- Free
Russian Federation- Not Free
Ukraine- Free

11 from Latin American and Caribbean States:

Argentina- Free
Brazil- Free
Costa Rica- Free
Cuba- Not Free
Dominican Republic- Free
Ecuador- Partly Free
Guatemala- Partly Free
Honduras- Partly Free
Mexico- Free
Paraguay- Partly Free
Peru- Free

10 from Western European & Other States:

Australia- Free
Canada- Free
Finland- Free
France- Free
Germany- Free
Ireland- Free
Italy- Free
Netherlands- Free
United Kingdom- Free
United States of America- Free

24 Free
14 Partly Free
15 Not Free

Here are the member nations that were selected in two rounds of voting Tuesday for the revamped United Nations Human Rights Council:

Group A Africa

Algeria- Not Free
Cameroon- Not Free
Djibuti- Partly Free
Gabon- Partly Free
Ghana- Free
Mali- Free
Mauritius- Free
Morocco- Partly Free
Nigeria- Partly Free
Senegal- Free
South Africa- Free
Tunisia- Not Free
Zambia- Partly Free

Group B Asia

Bahrain- Partly Free
Bangladesh- Partly Free
China- Not Free
India- Free
Indonesia-Free
Japan- Free
Jordan- Partly Free
Malaysia- Partly Free
Pakistan- Not Free
Philippines- Partly Free
Republic of Korea- Free
Saudi Arabia- Not Free
Sri Lanka- Partly Free

Group C Eastern Europe

Czech Republic- Free
Poland-Free
Russian Federation- Not Free
Ukraine- Free (Included in Second Round of Voting)
Azerbaijan- Not Free (Included in Second Round of Voting)
Romania- Free (Included in Second Round of Voting)

Group D Latin American and Caribbean States

Argentina- Free
Brazil- Free
Cuba- Not Free
Ecuador- Partly Free
Guatemala- Partly Free
Mexico- Free
Peru- Free
Uruguay- Free

Group E Western European

Canada- Free
Finland- Free
France- Free
Germany- Free
Netherlands- Free
Switzerland- Free
United Kingdom- Free

25 Free
13 Partly Free
9 Not Free

As you can see. There is not much change in the council. And, there’s not much to jump up and down about, despite what Jimmy Carter says and does.

Michelle Malkin has a big roundup of blogger reaction to this appalling news.
Publius Pundit has an especcially good review of the insanity.
Val‘s head is spinning.
Wizbang has Cuba’s reaction to the news. Unreal!
Fausta has more on this bad joke.
John Stephenson has more on the serious matters occupying the UN’s time lately.

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