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  • China, Cuba, Russia, Pakistan, Elected To UN 'Human Rights Council'

    When I first red this I assumed the headline was from the Babylon Bee or the Onion or something. But nope, it's real (thankfully Saudi Arabia's bid failed, but the rest all made it). The UN is an utter and complete joke.


    China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Cuba and Pakistan are set to win election to the United Nations human rights council today, prompting an outcry from campaigners and exiled dissidents.

    Britain is one of the European democracies under pressure to publicly oppose the election of countries infamous for human rights abuses to the governing board of the organisation. UN Watch, a Geneva-based monitoring group, said that allowing those countries on the council “is like making a gang of arsonists into the fire brigade”.

    Thanks to backroom deals before today’s vote, Cuba and Russia are running unopposed in their regional blocs while China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will compete with Nepal and Uzbekistan for four seats allocated to Asia.

    Each country must, however, win 97 affirmative votes in the UN general assembly, meaning a concerted campaign among democracies could still stand a chance of blocking their election, even when the race is uncontested.

    Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, wrote to Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, to demand that Britain actively oppose China’s election unless Beijing agrees to admit a UN team to investigate crimes against Uighurs in the western province of Xinjiang.

    The Foreign Office would not reveal how Britain would vote in the secret ballot. A spokeswoman said: “As the foreign secretary has said, the international community will not turn a blind eye to egregious human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang.”

    This would be China’s fifth term serving on the council. Under the rules governing re-election, it has had to wait for the past nine months to be eligible again. Yang Jianli, an exiled Chinese dissident, said that during the waiting period, China had “escalated human rights repression across the board”.
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/w...box=1602546072


    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-china-elected

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    Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post
    When I first red this I assumed the headline was from the Babylon Bee or the Onion or something. But nope, it's real (thankfully Saudi Arabia's bid failed, but the rest all made it). The UN is an utter and complete joke.


    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/w...box=1602546072


    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-china-elected
    When you think about it, most of the world would flunk a human-rights test. Western Europe and most of its former colonies are the safest places around the globe.

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    • #3
      The UN is a massive waste of time, energy and policies anyway.

      This is no surprise, really. Human rights issues only matter to liberals when the west is involved. They don't actually care about the rest of the world. It's the same thing with carbon output, which some people think is important. India, China, other countries, and even volcanoes put out more carbon emissions than the west.


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