The UN Human Rights Council Circus Rolls On

canadafreepress.com | 5/17/2019 | Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist
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The United Nations Human Rights Council once again proved that President Trump was right in pulling the United States out of that dysfunctional organization. It has turned into a forum for some of the world’s worst human rights abusing governments to praise each other’s human rights record as well as their own, while bashing Israel at every opportunity.

The Universal Periodic Review is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. Under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, each member state reports at 5-year intervals what actions it has supposedly taken to improve the human rights situation in its country and to fulfill its human rights obligations. The review process has turned into a travesty in which dictatorial regimes use their national reports for self-congratulation, which is amplified by undeserved plaudits they receive from other dictatorial regimes.

Qatar - Example - Member - Human - Rights

Qatar, for example, which is currently a member of the Human Rights Council, issued its national report earlier this year, which was considered this past week by the Council. Qatar commended itself for its “policy to support and empower women” and legislation aimed at “the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.” Qatar’s national report also stated that it “works to promote and guarantee freedom of expression.”

According to a count by UN Watch, 91 out of 104 countries that took the floor at the Human Rights Council this past week praised Qatar for its human rights record. China, a member of the Council, said that it “[W]elcomes Qatar’s efforts and achievements.”

Venezuela - Dictatorships - Members - Human - Rights

Venezuela was among the dictatorships not currently members of the Human Rights Council that heaped praise on Qatar’s human rights record, declaring “We welcome the extraordinary progress made.” North Korea, another non-member, said, “We commend Qatar commitments and strenuous efforts for the promotion and...
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