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What the UN Human Rights Council Will Recognize

By now you've seen Hillel Neuer's necessary rebuking of the Potemkin tribunal known as the UN Human Rights Council. Its chair, Luis Alfonso De Alba, sputtered a non-defense that refused to recognize or thank Neuer for his statement. Adding insult … Read More

By / March 30, 2007

By now you've seen Hillel Neuer's necessary rebuking of the Potemkin tribunal known as the UN Human Rights Council. Its chair, Luis Alfonso De Alba, sputtered a non-defense that refused to recognize or thank Neuer for his statement.

Adding insult to injury, the Council just voted to cease any further investigation into ongoing human rights violations in — wait for it — Iran and Uzbekistan. Shocker on that last one, actually: Uzbekistan's president Islom Karimov is, apart from a blood-brutal Caligula of the Asia Minor, a willing helpmate of the United States. He offered Uzbek landing strips for American war planes during the routing of the Taliban. What, couldn't the UN at least have mentioned this sordid alliance? Surely the august supranational body is losing its step.

Well, if you're new to the Neuer-induced spectacle, you can watch it here, together with a congeries of statements — from dignitaries of Sudan, Cuba, Iran — that are, apparently, deserving of gratitude from De Alba.

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