Human wrongs at the UN


The worlds of Brave New World and 1984 aren't more bizarre than the information from Freedom House listing the 18 governments considered most repressive

The report, "The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2005," includes detailed summations of the dire human rights situations in Belarus, Burma (Myanmar), China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Haiti, Laos, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Chechnya, Tibet, and Western Sahara are included as territories under Russian, Chinese, and Moroccan jurisdictions respectively.


Significantly, six of the eighteen most repressive governments——those of China, Cuba, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe——are members of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), representing nearly 11 percent of the 53—member body.


An additional nine countries Freedom House rates as "Not Free" enjoy membership on the Commission: Bhutan, Egypt, Guinea, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Swaziland, and Togo. Together, "Not Free" countries comprise just over one quarter of the Commission's membership.

Got that?  Almost 11% of the UN's Commission on Human Rights, "charged with monitoring and condemning human rights violations" consists of countries with the most repressive regimes while another half are rated not free!

Remember that when the this Commission on Human Wrongs loudly and piously condemns the shining duo of the United States and Israel for not living down to the standards of these evil governments.

Hat tip:  Little Green Footballs

Ethel Fenig  4 4 05