Farce: Meet the UN's Human Rights Council of 2017

If only it weren't a laughing matter.

There is no more glaring an example of the United Nation's hypocrisy and utterly subversive nature than the list of nations comprising its so-called "Human Rights Council."

That the council's mandate is to "uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights" is nothing more than a farce, considering the human rights violators that man its helm.

UN Watch, a watchdog group dedicated to exposing the "human rights body," released a list of a few member countries along with a brief synopsis of the human rights violations for which they are guilty (below is a sampling): 

Saudi Arabia 
Expertise in human rights: Death sentences for apostasy and adultery; corporal punishment including flogging and amputation; judiciary controlled by regime; beheading more peoeple than ever before; arbitrary arrests of dissenters and minorities; no freedom of speech; jails blogger Raif Badawi.

Venezuela 
Expertise in human rights: Widespread arbitrary detention; imprisonment of opposition leaders; intimidation of journalists; torture; policies causing mass hunger and health catastrophe.

Cuba
Expertise in human rights: Systematic violation of freedom of speech, assembly, press; elections are neither free nor fair; threats and violence against dissidents.

Qatar
Expertise in human rights: Inhuman conditions for 1.4 million migrant workers; women denied basic rights to equality, denied right to be elected to legislative council; finances ISIS and Hamas.

Burundi
Expertise in human rights: Police killings of peaceful protesters; government forces commit summary executions, targeted assassinations, enforced disappearances; arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence; genocide warning.

Bangladesh
Expertise in human rights: Extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, killing of secular bloggers by Islamist groups, restrictions on online speech and the press, early and forced marriage, gender-based violence, abysmal working conditions and labor rights.

 

We would say this elicits a genuine "LOL" moment, but sadly, this is no laughing matter. 

The complete list of UN Human Rights Council member-nations follows below. The year listed alongside each nation is the year that country's membership is slated to take expire. 

  • Albania 2017
  • Bangladesh 2017
  • Belgium 2018
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2017
  • Botswana  2017
  • Brazil  2019
  • Burundi 2018
  • China 2019
  • Congo  2017 
  • Côte d’Ivoire 2018
  • Croatia 2019
  • Cuba 2019
  • Ecuador 2018
  • El Salvador 2017
  • Ethiopia 2018
  • Georgia 2018
  • Germany 2018
  • Ghana 2017
  • Hungary 2019
  • India  2017
  • Indonesia  2017
  • Iraq  2019
  • Japan 2019
  • Kenya 2018
  • Kyrgyzstan 2018
  • Latvia 2017
  • Mongolia 2018
  • Netherlands 2017
  • Nigeria 2017
  • Panama 2018
  • Paraguay 2017
  • Philippines 2018
  • Portugal 2017
  • Qatar 2017
  • Republic of Korea  2018 
  • Rwanda 2019 
  • Saudi Arabia  2019
  • Slovenia 2018
  • South Africa  2019
  • Switzerland 2018
  • Togo 2018
  • Tunisia 2019
  • United Arab Emirates 2018
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  2019
  • United States of America  2019 
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 2018

The lone peaceful nations included on the member council are perfunctory. Rather, the vast majority of nations enumerated above are far from exemplars of a high standard of human rights. If ever there were a greater reason to defund this sham of an organization, we've yet to see it. 

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