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at UN Headquarters in New York City
A motley assortment of the planet's most ruthless Islamist and communist autocracies were appointed on November 12 to sit on the increasingly discredited United Nations "Human Rights" Council (UN HRC), drawing swift condemnation and ridicule from around the world.
The week before, the mass-murdering dictatorship
ruling over mainland China had its "education vice-minister" elected to lead
the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), adding
more fuel to the fire for critics who advocate an immediate American
withdrawal from the scandal-plagued planetary outfits.
Of course, numerous critics have pointed out that those are some of the most repressive tyrannies on earth.
Vladimir Putin's Russian government, widely criticized as a gangster regime, was also chosen to sit on the global body supposedly charged with upholding "human rights" around the world.
brutal autocrats were already on the council prior to the most recent
Rulers from Morocco and Macedonia were also appointed.
Finally, among the least controversial of the 14
new selections for the council were the governments of France and the United
However, when considering the composition of the 193-member UN General Assembly, the vote to add the planet's leading communist and Islamist autocracies to an entity in charge of human rights - as defined by the UN: revocable privileges - makes perfect sense.
There is a reason that the UN is regularly
blasted by critics as the "dictators' club," and the recent vote illustrated
As UN Watch pointed out, the election not only casts a "dark shadow" on the future of the Human Rights Council, it also brought back the specter of the body's recent past.
Indeed, the council was actually created in 2006 to replace the thoroughly discredited and "morally corrupt" UN Commission on Human Rights - once led by the Kaddafi regime in Libya, and criticized even by top UN bosses such as Kofi Annan.
It appears, however, that little has changed.
In all, the group said, only four of the 16
candidates for the council had human rights records that would qualify them
On top of that, Hillel Neuer added that
he foresees the principles of individual human rights being subverted by
"concepts that increase power for governments."
As explained in its "Declaration
of Human Rights," for example, the UN believes "rights" are "granted" by
governments, not the Creator as explained in the U.S. Declaration of
Meanwhile, more than a few of the regimes sitting on the UN council have views on human rights that are literally diametrically opposed to the God-given rights of Americans.
The communist regime in Beijing, for instance, released a report claiming that the constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms is actually a human-rights violation.
Such totalitarian views are shared by numerous
other UN Human Rights Council member regimes, including the socialist
autocracy in Venezuela,
which recently disarmed the public with UN help.
In Europe, Member of the European Parliament Edward McMillan-Scott, who serves as the EU body's vice-president for human rights, also lambasted the General Assembly's controversial choices.
Pointing out that even the UN's former "Rapporteur on Torture" found that the use of torture by the Chinese regime was "widespread," MEP McMillan-Scott noted that any attempt to discuss individual cases with Beijing are met with "defiance."
While the number of cases is massive,
McMillan-Scott highlighted the abduction and disappearance of human rights
lawyer Gao Zhisheng as a prime example. With
UN assistance and U.S. taxpayer funds, the Communist Chinese regime has
also been perpetrating forced abortions.
As The New American
reported extensively from Rio de Janeiro last year at the UN Conference
on Sustainable Development, the key global summit was actually chaired by a
Chinese Communist Party functionary determined to impose radical visions of
so-called "sustainability" on humanity.
Blasting the "unsustainable" industrialization that lifted billions out of poverty in recent centuries, the UN agency's new boss said there was an "urgent need to revolutionize ways of development."
Ironically, considering the communist autocracy's murderous behavior over the decades, Hao also invoked the "universal dream" of "a world of peace, equality, justice and harmony."
The regime has recently started loudly demanding
what it calls a
"de-Americanized" New World Order
with a global currency.
To protest some actions by UNESCO - which,
among other radical schemes, has been working to develop a widely
Core Curriculum" for all students - Congress refused to provide any more
funding. In retaliation, the Obama administration lost its vote.
The totalitarian-dominated body responded by lambasting the United States for alleged violations of human rights.
More recently, the UN's self-styled "human
rights" authorities have outlandishly
called on the U.S. government to "nullify" self defense-related state laws,
increasingly ludicrous demands.
However, under the
rabidly pro-UN Obama administration, the U.S. government has become
increasingly intertwined with the "dictators' club," even reaching a
point where UN "authorities" feel confident enough to make
bizarre but bold demands aimed at restricting the unalienable rights of
the American people.
As more of the world's worst human rights abusers join fellow tyrants in "human rights" leadership positions at the UN, the time for an American withdrawal has never been more urgent.