The United States will come under the spotlight at the UN’s top human rights assembly’s for the first time over the coming week along with other countries that face scrutiny by the Human Rights Council.
It’s not like I didn’t know this was coming, I’d just forgotten about it amid all the so-called crisis this last year that TheOne has told us that we have had to deal with.
The 12-day session of the 47 member council starting on Monday will include regular “universal periodic reviews” of 16 members of the United Nations, including the United States on November 5.
Several dozen non governmental organisation are expected to lobby the debate on the US human rights record, while Washington will also defend its record.
So the America hating Americans will come out from under their rocks to whine at the UN about the awful human rights record of the U.S. You know, all those public stonings of women and gays that happen here on a regular basis and the Obama administration has been ignoring?
Some 300 US civil liberties and community groups in the US Human Rights Network on Monday called on the Obama administration to bring “substandard human rights practices” in the United States into line with international standards.
“Substandard practices?” How about they go live iin Saudi Arabia or better yet, Iran for a month and then come tell us about the “international standards” that we aren’t matching up to. Or how about they just go there and STAY?
The United States only agreed to join the Council in May 2009, after the Bush administration had shunned the body which replaced its similar though discredited predecessor, the UN human rights commission, in 2006.
One more reason to miss President Bush and thank him, too.
The Network produced a 400-page report criticising “glaring inadequacies in the United States? human rights record,” including the “discriminatory impact” of foreclosures, “widespread” racial profiling and “draconian” immigration policies.
“Advocates across America have not only documented substandard human rights practices which have persisted in the US for years, but also those that reflect the precipitous erosion of human rights protections in the US since 9/11,” said Sarah Paoletti of the Network.
Oh gimme a break! This is not 1950 when blacks really were treated in a horrible way. We have a half African-American president that the majority of Americans voted for and yet, human rights have eroded in this country since 9/11? Who is this dope?
The United States has also faced widespread criticism by UN rights monitors in recent years over its handling of terror suspects and suspected torture, while concern over the conduct of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been revived in recent months with “Wikileak” reports on leaked confidential documents.
They are criticizing us for what? Beheading suspects on youtube? Give me waterboarding anyday . . . please. And of course, there are all those human shields that our soldiers hide behind.
The other UN member states scheduled for review in this Council session will be Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Honduras, Jamaica, Liberia, Libya, Lebanon Malawi, Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, and Panama.
Each public, four-year, review is based on a report by the country, a compilation of non governmental organisation assessments and a one day debate with comments by its peers. No action is taken.
Well what a relief! No blue helmets in our streets or in our banks since no action is taken by them. . . yet. I mean seriously, they can’t control anything in the world, besides their own corruption so we really have nothing to worry about. But as far as I’m concerned, this is the time to take our ball and go home. Move the UN to Zurich and pull our support out.
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