Daily Archive for July 5th, 2012

War is Peace: Assad regime wins adoption of “Right to Peace” resolution at U.N. Human Rights Council

Syria’s Assad regime has its hands full murdering its own people in Homs, Hama and Damascus. Yet somehow it managed to find time today to successfully co-sponsor a “Right to Peace” resolution, adopted today by the U.N. Human Rights Council, that endorses a draft declaration (see Art. 7) calling  for a right of “resistance,” a term used in the Middle East used to justify terrorism.

Only the U.S. had the courage to oppose the Orwellian text. Here is the U.S. statement explaining some of what’s wrong with the text. The exercise will cost over $300,000 to implement.

What the U.S. did not mention, however, is that the  resolution calls for a new declaration to be based on a draft that legitimizes terrorism.

By promoting a “right to resist and oppose oppressive colonial, foreign occupation,” the council effectively gives a nod to the “resistance” justification commonly used by Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations to launch attacks against Americans, Israelis and others.

Led by Cuba, the resolution’s co-sponsors included Syria, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Belarus, China, Palestine, Sri Lanka, as well as Venezuela and its allies Bolivia and Nicaragua.

The draft declaration was prepared by the council’s 18-member Advisory Committee, a rogues gallery that includes the pro-Ahmadinejad Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann; Jean Ziegler, co-founder of the Moammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize; and Halima Warzazi, a former defender of Saddam Hussein. Thanks to UN Watch, all three are on a congressional watchlist.

Today’s vote result: 34 in favour, 1 against (USA), and 12 abstentions (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Italy, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland).

Resolutions & Voting Results of UNHRC 20th Session

Today the UN Human Rights Council begins voting on the draft resolutions below. Look for our regularly updated results and comments.

Counterproductive Resolutions

UN Declaration on the Right to Peace (A/HRC/20/L.16)
Submitted on 28.06.2012 by Cuba; co-sponsors include Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Viet Nam.
The resolution was orally revised.
Vote Result: Adopted on July 05, 2012 by a vote of 34 in favour, 1 against (USA), and 12 abstentions (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Italy, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland).

The effects of foreign debt on the full enjoyment of all human rights (A/HRC/20/L.17)
Submitted on 28.06.2012 by Cuba; co-sponsors include Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Viet Nam.
The resolution was orally revised.
Vote Result: Adopted on July 05, 2012 by a vote of 31 in favour, 11 against (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, USA), and 5 abstentions (Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway, Peru). Continue reading ‘Resolutions & Voting Results of UNHRC 20th Session’