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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Obama Allowing Sudan Leadership in UN

Nadene Goldfoot
Obama's administration promised that when a country is under Security Council sanction for massive human-rights abuses, "it should be barred, plain and simple, from leadership roles like chairmanships in UN bodies.  Abusers of international law or norms should not be the public face of the UN."  Yet, Sudan got in.   On March 4, 2009 Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, became the first sitting president to be indicted by ICC for directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur.  With a record like this, one understands why the UN has gone to pot.

The UN elected Sudan to the top Human Rights body today to the  54-member Economic and Social Council, a top U.N. body that regulates human rights groups.  The USA, EU and UN leaders are silent about it happening.  Sudan's president al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by virtue of a Security Council referral.  Why have these countries been silent about it?  What are they afraid of?

Al Bashir's regime will now select the members of the Commission on the Status of Women, the executive board of UN Women and UNICEF, which protects children's rights.

ECOSOC is the group that legislates on matters connected to "promoting respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all."   There are 19 members on the "Committee on NGOs".  They have often led to rejecting or expelling human rights groups that dare to criticize China, Cuba or other repressive member states who may speak for minority ethnic groups or gay rights in a country. What chance will Israel have?  None, most likely.  Not after what just happened.

Israel has just hit a weapons factory in Khartoum, Sudan that was manufacturing arms for Palestinians to use against Israel. The Sudanese say the factory is owned by the Iranians.   Sudan went to the UN about it yesterday.  They threw in Darfur and blamed Israel on that situation as well,  just in case hitting a munitions factory wasn't enough.   "The envoy said Israel had armed Darfur rebels and helped transport rebel leaders. "We call on you to stop foreign hands meddling in the Darfur conflict," the ambassador said.Sudanese politicians have reacted angrily, with the speaker of parliament suggesting that Israel had declared war."

There are 5 Western countries vying for 3 allotted seats.  Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Greece and the USA want those 3 seats.  The USA has secured the least vote pledges.  The other countries canvassed world support long before the USA decided to run.

The fox is guarding the henhouse these days.  Nothing makes sense anymore.  The chickens probably voted for him.

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