Obama Administration Refuses to Condemn Libya's Election into the UN Human Rights Council
It’s an upside down, inside-out, topsy-turvy Obama world…
This week the Libyan regime was elected by a majority of fellow UN members to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council. The council is made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Obama Administration refused to name names specifically of any concerns they had about the election. They said it would not be helpful to single out any one nation.
Sad and weak.
FOX News reported, via EYE on the UN:
Libya – a country with well documented ties to terrorist organizations and an abysmal human rights record has been elected by a majority of its fellow U.N. members to serve on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. In a secret ballot Libya received 155 votes and will serve a three year term. To get elected each country needed to get 97 votes to assure itself a place on the U.N. body. There are a total of 192 countries that make up the United Nations.
Before the vote was announced, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice acknowledged that the Human Rights Council had not lived up to its potential and “remains flawed.” She would not reveal how the U.S. voted but said ” it’s fair to say that this year, there is a small number of countries whose human rights records is problematic that are likely to be elected and we regret that. I’m not going to sit here and name names. I don’t think it’s particularly constructive at this point. But it’s obvious which countries that are on the ballot have more problematic human rights records than others.” Rice told reporters that since the U.S. joined the council there had been some progress – notably Iran’s attempt to get on the council which was withdrawn in April and the U.S. led effort to pass a unanimous resolution on the freedom of expression.
Anne Bayefsky, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and Touro College feels that the U.S. could have done a lot more to stop Libya and other human rights abusers from getting on the council. She says “at the very least they could have spoken out against it as bringing the Council into serious disrepute. Bayefsky says “the President is invested on propping up the U.N. as a serious place to protect rights and deal with Iran. The fiction suits his foreign policy so he decided the U.S. should join the Council last year and make U.S. taxpayers pay for it – regardless of the fact that its main priority is to demonize Israel and keep the spotlight off abominations around the world.”
United Nations human-rights experts condemned Arizona this week – the same week that Libya was welcomed into the UN Human Rights Council. The Obama regime was silent about that, too.