on its website: "The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe."
This is an obscene joke of the worst kind. This council can hardly live up to the lofty goal of the "promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe" when its membership has been populated by some of the most flagrant, consistent, unrepentant, and abysmal human rights abusers that the globe has ever seen.
Previous years' members have included:
- Cuba (2009 & 2012)
- Russia (2009)
- China (2012)
- Egypt (2010)
- Djibouti (2009)
- Mali (2008)
- Mauritania (2013)
Those last four between the lines are on the UNICEF's own records as having the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation on the African continent, along with 2015 nominee, Sierra Leone.
There is a fairly simple explanation for why states known for human rights abuses end up on a council that purports to prevent them: the moral relativism of the UN. Signatories to the UN were originally only supposed to be permitted to join if they agreed to abide by and uphold certain standards in terms of human rights, freedoms of speech and the press, etc. That was basically corrupted from the get go because, of course, who was one of the founding nations? The USSR! So one of the largest nations that was supposed to help police the world became the world's largest antagonist and criminal.
The insidious virus known as political correctness took over from there. Using the West's own idiotic moral equivalence against it, despots and dictators won themselves seats at the table, because it would be racist/prejudiced/unfair/imperialist not to allow them. Forget what these nation states may have actually done, they used the magic "R" word that invalidates all critical thinking and sends western liberals running for the hills! Now, every nation is treated the same, with an equal voice and an equal vote. Uganda and Rwanda have the same right to a voice at the UN as the US, Canada, or Britain. This is how these shithole countries get nominated for these councils. They bribe, barter, strong arm or collude with like-minded countries to get the votes. They are motivated to do this because once they are on this council, they can forestall action against their own corrupt regimes. And, of course, it is a wonderful forum for pissing on Israel every chance they get, which seems to be the council's primary function.
We should do away with the UN and expand NATO to handle the health and humanitarian roles currently covered by the UN. Any global organization worth a damn needs to be what the UN was intended to be: the civilized, democratic nations of the earth keeping the despots and dictators in line.