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Saturday, November 10, 2012

United Nations - Genocidal Sudan elected to UN's Sudan to human rights panel.

United Nations - Genocidal Sudan elected to UN's Sudan to human rights panel.HT: IsraelMatzav - SunNews. The United Nations has placed Sudan on its panel that oversees human rights and the plight of women.
"Electing genocidal Sudan to a global human rights body is like choosing Jack the Ripper to guard a women's shelter." ~ Hillel Neuer.
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected new member countries to its group this week, and Sudan won a spot on Africa's branch.
"Benin, Mauritius, Tunisia, South Africa and Sudan get elected in the UNECOSOC from the African States Group, congratulations to the new members of the UNECOSOC!" wrote Vuk Jeremic, the president of the 67th session of the United Nations general assembly in a tweet this week.
Africa has five seats on the 47 member council that includes Canada and other western countries.
The election to the post happened even though the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an international arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2009 for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity and genocide, targeting blacks in the Darfur region.
The UN says more than 300,000 people have died during the armed conflicts in that region, most from disease.
Canada expressed disgust at the news.
"It is truly unfortunate the United Nations has chosen one of the world's worst offenders of human rights assume a post on ECOSOC," said Rick Roth, spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, in an e-mail to QMI.
The United States doesn't seem to be overly concerned.
Although the U.S. took important action in September to pressure Sudan into withdrawing from this Monday's elections to the 47-nation Human Rights Council -- boosted by a massive campaign led my film star Mia Farrow and UN Watch -- the Obama Administration has been surprsingly silent on today's vote.
By contrast, in 2004, the U.S. ambassador famously walked out of ECOSOC after Sudan was elected.
According to insiders, Washington's silence on Sudan may stem from fear of upsetting African and Arab states in advance of America's own fragile bid for a UNHRC seat in the Nov. 12 vote.

Priorities man, priorities. But wouldn't it be great if Obama loses that 'human rights council' seat?
Al Bashir's regime will now help select the members of the Commission on the Status of Women, the executive board of UN Women, and UNICEF, which protects children’s rights.
Under the U.N. Charter, ECOSOC is the principal organ legislating on matters related to “promoting respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.”
Importantly, ECOSOC is also the body that accredits and oversees human rights groups at the U.N., deciding who can participate at the UN Human Rights Council.
The dominant influence of tyrannies in ECOSOC's notorious 19-member "Committee on NGOs" has often led to the rejection or expulsion of human rights groups that dare to criticize China, Cuba or other repressive U.N. member states, or which speak for minority ethnic groups or for gay rights.
A watchdog group that monitors the UN was the first to highlight the election.
"It's an outrage," Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch said in a statement. "Electing genocidal Sudan to a global human rights body is like choosing Jack the Ripper to guard a women's shelter. This diminishes the credibility of the United Nations human rights system and casts a shadow upon the reputation of the organization as a whole."Hmmmm........But don't you just feel what a great effect Obama has had on the UN? 'CHANGE'?Read the full story here.

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