UN Votes on Human Rights Council Members Today

**Updates & Results Below**

Please send a congratulations to multi-millionaire Fidel Castro and Cuba for making this year’s UN Human Rights Council!

“The time has come for a truly global rededication to the principle of justice for all.”

Jimmy Carter
The Carter Center
After successfully and actively campaigning against the United States in the urging quick adoption of the new UN Human Rights Council.

The United Nations voted on 47 (instead of 53) of the 64 candidates to the revamped(?) Human Rights Council today.

You can watch the results read out from a UN-Webcast, HERE.

No surprise… It sounds like it is more of the same… updates below!

Protesters urged members NOT to elect the the Iraqi “regime”, established under foreign occupation, to the Human Rights Council!

As a refresher, here is a list of the candidate countries that will be policing the world on Human Rights issues.

This is your chance to help select the next regimes, democracies, communist dictatorships and mullacracies that will be thrashing the US soon on its horrible record of Human Rights abuses.

For updates on the election news today, check the homepage of the UN Human Rights Council.

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

African States- (13 guaranteed seats) Pick 13:

Algeria- Not Free
Cameroon- Not Free
Djibuti- Partly Free
Ghana- Free
Kenya- Partly Free
Mali- Free
Mauritius- Free
Morocco- Partly Free
Nigeria- Partly Free
Senegal- Free
Tunisia- Not Free
Zambia- Partly Free

Note- Only 12 African countries applied for the council. So, if all goes as expected, all 12 will be included on the HR Council. 3 are countries that are not free and have serious human rights abuses.

Asian States- (13 guaranteed seats) Pick 13:

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

Note- What a great bunch! Of your 18 selections, you have 5 selections that are not free countries and you have 3 countries that are free. Good luck!

Eastern European States (6 guaranteed seats) Pick 6:

Albania- Partly Free
Armenia-Partly Free
Azerbaijan- Not Free
Czech Republic- Free
Georgia- Partly Free
Hungary- Free
Latvia- Free
Lithuania- Free
Poland-Free
Romania- Free
Russian Federation- Not Free
Slovenia- Free
Ukraine- Free

Latin American and Caribbean States (8 guaranteed seats) Pick 8:

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

Note- Venezuela is dropping fast. This is their year. Hopefully, Castro will get his wish. Then, maybe his people will quit fleeing his island paradise in ’59 Buicks.

Western European and Other Seats (7 guaranteed seats) Pick 7:

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

Note- 2 of these democracies will be sent home packing. Sorry guys, we had to make room for Asian and African regimes.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your 2006 United Nations Human Rights Candidates!

The United States decided not to participate in this continued sham.

Previously:
New UN Human Rights Council Ensures Violators Are Included
World! Please Welcome Your New Human Rights Leaders!

Update: It sounds like Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela did not make the list.

However,… China, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, and Cuba along with several troubled African nations were selected.

Update 2: Here is the complete list of elected countries:

Group A Africa

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

Charles Johnson notes that Human Rights Watch sees today’s elections as a success.

Meanwhile,… the US just wrapped up their hearing in f
ront of the U.N. Committee Against Torture
today where Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch charged the US with numerous abuses.

** Isn’t there something terribly wrong with this picture? **

Unlike Amnesty International, Elephants in Academia is not pleased with today’s results.

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