UN Human Rights Council Quicksand

(National Review) Anne Bayefsky - The Bush administration had refused to join the UN Human Rights Council, or to pay for it, the most anti-Israel, twisted bastion of moral relativism in the UN system. There is a permanent agenda of ten items that governs proceedings at every Council session. One agenda item is devoted to human-rights violations by Israel, and one generic agenda item is for all other 192 UN member states that might be found to "require the Council's attention." The U.S. joined the Council in 2009. It would vote against the anti-Israel resolutions, often 46 to 1, and then turn around and spend American taxpayer dollars to implement those very resolutions. Staying on the Council means paying for the Council. A 2016 Council resolution calls for the creation of a blacklist of all companies that are connected with or do business with Israeli settlements "directly or indirectly." Not surprisingly, the Council has no comparable boycott scheme for the world's most heinous regimes. The writer is president of Human Rights Voices and director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.

2017-03-02 00:00:00

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