Nile Gardiner: UN Human Rights Council A Joke

The Council includes some of the world’s worst human-rights violators, such as China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, and is even worse than the old U.N. Commission on Human Rights, an institution that had sunk to such depths that even then-secretary-general Kofi Annan mustered the courage to call it a disgrace. It has just appointed as investigators Richard Falk (special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories), a Princeton emeritus professor who compares Israel to Nazi Germany and defends Ward Churchill, and Jean Ziegler (special rapporteur on the Right to Food), co-founder of the intriguingly named “Muammar Gaddafi Human Rights Prize.” Needless to say, around three quarters of the Council’s resolutions involve the condemnation of Israel.

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