Really, United Nations? The Human Rights Council? Oh, the irony!
Just another example of how the United Nations is an absolute joke.
It’s just a pile of Leftists pushing Globalism and Progressivism.
Despicable: UN Human Rights Council delegates just stood for minute of silence for human rights abuser Fidel Castro. UN Watch stayed seated.
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) December 5, 2016
Delegates of the U.N. Human Rights Council opened a meeting in Geneva on Monday by standing silently with heads bowed, after the delegation of Venezuela’s leftist government requested a minute’s silence to “honor” the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Not everyone in the chamber took part. U.N. Watch executive director Hillel Neuer described the honoring of “human rights abuser Fidel Castro” as “despicable” and said that his non-governmental organization “stayed seated.”
In an official U.N. webcast, a member of the Israeli delegation, seated behind Venezuela’s representatives, can be seen walking out as Venezuelan ambassador Jorge Valero asked members to honor Castro…
…Praising Castro’s “constant fight for the peoples of the third world,” the Venezuelan ambassador called him a leader of “international stature” whose “influence went beyond the borders of his country.”
“My delegation would like respectfully to ask all delegations to, together, observe a minute’s silence in his honor.”
The Venezuelan delegation then stood, followed by others across the chamber. After about half a minute of silence, Valero thanked the Human Rights Council, and delegates took their seats.
The outgoing HRC president, Choi Kyong-lim of South Korea, then gave the floor to a Cuban representative, who thanked Venezuela and the council for the gesture at a “time of deep pain for the Cuban people.”
She spent several moments praising Castro, calling him “the father of the Cuban revolution,” “a paradigm of the fight for social justice” and “an inspiration for many dignified men and women who fought and still fight today to defend the principles of independence, sovereignty and equality.”
The Cuban delegate added that that fight was also a fight for development, peace, “solidarity between human beings and between all nations of the world,” and a “fight to achieve a world without inequalities in which we can all enjoy all of our human rights.”…
…The Castro regime has played an outsized role on the 47-member HRC, having held a seat for most of the last ten years, with terms in 2006-2009, 2010-2012 and 2014-2016. It was re-elected last month to a new three-year term.
Over that decade, despite a human rights record widely criticized by advocacy groups, Cuba has not been the subject of a single critical HRC resolution.
While Western nations on the council seek to highlight violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms by governments around the world, Cuba and its allies at the HRC have focused instead on what they call “third generation rights” such as the right to economic self-determination, the right to development, and “international solidarity.”
Cuba has also taken an active role in the HRC’s repeated and ongoing targeting of Israel.
At an event in Geneva in October, Mari Werlau, the executive director of the Cuba Archive – a non-profit project that documents deaths and disappearances resulting from the Castro revolution – took aim at Cuba’s membership of the HRC.
“Cuba should not be part of the U. N. Human Rights Council, responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe, because it is a totalitarian state that violates – in its laws and practices – essentially all applicable articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” she said.
Read more: CNS News
That is disgusting.
How can the UN HRC be taken seriously if it ignores the atrocities committed by Castro?
And really, if this is how they’re going to continue to behave, maybe we should just not be a part of this thing.