Genocidal Sudan to Win Seat on U.N.’s top human rights body

GENEVA, July 12 – The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch urged United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to urgently speak out against the African-backed bid by Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir, indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court, for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Last week, the U.S. failed to get the council to pass a condemnation of what it said was a Syrian candidacy for 2014.

UN Watch, which headed the World NGO Summit on Darfur, also called on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU’s Catherine Ashton to denounce and fight against Sudan’s candidacy.

“Electing Sudan to the U.N. body mandated to promote and protect human rights worldwide is like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

UN Watch already heads an international campaign of MPs and human rights groups opposing the candidacies of Venezuela and Pakistan.

The U.N.’s African group of states agreed behind closed doors to endorse the candidacies of Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Because Africa has arranged for five countries to run for the same amount of allotted seats, Sudan’s election is virtually assured.

“Technically,” said Neuer, “Sudan must still receive an absolute majority of 97 affirmative country votes in the U.N. General Assembly’s November election for new human rights council members. However, in the history of these ballots, names presented on a closed slate have never been rejected. It’s just the way U.N. ambassadors work. And the fact is that Sudan has been chosen to head various U.N. groupings, so its election to the UNHRC, however outrageous, is a real possibility.”

Neuer said that UN rights chief Navi Pillay, who hails from South Africa, could make a big difference by speaking out. “We need her to be the moral voice here, to urge other African countries to put their names forward, and to call for unequivocal opposition to Sudan’s scandalous bid. Her role is crucial.”

“Just a year after the human rights council sought to exorcise the ghosts of its past by suspending Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya — which infamously chaired the body in 2003, and was reelected a member in 2010 — it is now set to replace him with a tyrant wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Court. For how long must we have the inmates running the asylum?”

“The U.N. and the cause of human rights will be severely damaged if Al-Bashir’s Sudanese regime wins a seat,” said Neuer.

UN Watch also called on the U.S. and the EU to lead a vigorous campaign to defeat Sudan’s candidacy, and to ensure there will be competition on the African slate of candidates.

“Last year, the democracies fought a successful campaign to defeat Syria, by persuading other countries to compete. Yet they said and did absolutely nothing in 2010 on Libya — perhaps due to lucrative oil and business deals — and Qaddafi won by a landslide. It’s vital this year that the US and the EU announce early that they are opposed to having the oppressive Sudanese regime of Al-Bashir Assad judging the world on human rights,” said Neuer.

Neuer said that Sudan clearly failed to meet the criteria of UNGA Resolution 60/251, which established the UN Human Rights Council in 2006. General Assembly members are obliged to elect states to the Council by “tak[ing] into account the candidates’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto.” The resolution also provides that consideration ought to be given to whether the candidate can meet the obligations of Council membership, which include (a) to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights” and (b) to “fully cooperate with the Council.”

16 Responses to “Genocidal Sudan to Win Seat on U.N.’s top human rights body”

  • Sudan and human rights in the same sentence – you must be joking !!

  • Well with all these awful countries getting seats perhaps the world can wake up and realize what a joke this body is…

  • The UN is becoming a home for killers and rapists and thus encouraging them to continue, even giving prizes for their deeds!!!! why are countries continuing to fund this circus?

  • For years I’ve been wearing a shirt declaring “Free Darfur” and “Never Again.” Now I read the indescribable paradox of the monsters of Sudan, the very perpetrators of the Darfur genocide, having within its grasp more than the possibility, the very likelihood of being elected to the Human Rights group charged with preventing what the Sudanese have been doing for years. It is so laughable, so absurd and so unutterably tragic to see the world organization that is supposed to bring peace to the world actually allowing the vicious wolves into the hen house. Why do we pay dues to the U.N.? Why do we even host this hostile group? The group that ignores the very real atrocities like Darfur, yet condemns the most civilized and culturally advanced society in the Middle East as Murderers. Rudyard Kipling could not create a more ridiculous, more strange, or more absurd plot. Would that the delegates not collectively act the fool by allowing this obscenity to take place.

  • i am a sudanese student who studies in ubiversity of khartoum. i hv witnessed the large protest against sudan’s oppressive regime .. which was met with violance and harsh crack down from the police forces .. we have no rights here

  • It’s time to reset the UN entirely and start a version 2.0 leaving the barbarian autocrats to play UN of lies together in a nice new building in i.e. Saudi Arabia and let the still more or less democratic civil states continue a humane UN version as was originally planned.

  • The mere proposal is preposterous. How many more people need to be tortured, murdered and driven from their homes or countries? I am horrified!

  • The lunatics are now in charge of the asylum. Black will be called white and vice versa. Oppression will be called freedom and so on. This organisation would be a farce if it was funny, but it is not. The world is destroying itself. Has no one learned the lessons from the Nazi and soviet regimes? Words mean what they chose them to mean and actions are all good if they serve the ends desired by the murdering tyrants in Sudan and eleswhere.

  • What is so terrifying is the UN human rights team is non-existent, because if the terrorist countries are admitted, they should change the name to UNHUMAN OR INHUMAN RIGHTS organization. There is no place in the United Nations for humanity and they should abandon their very beautiful building and re-locate to Syria or Iran. The only problem with Syria, the workers of such an organization will probably be murdered, by the likes of Assad and the very modern country Iran.
    All of the soldiers killed in World War II, who fought for humanity and the chances of another Holocaust, not to come about, are likely turning in their graves. Was that all for nothing?

  • What u shame. How is it possible that Sudan wins a seat on the UN’s human rights body. There is one place where Al Bashir belongs te be and that is the International Criminal Court.
    When Ban Ki- Moon does not interfere he must resign.

  • Well, the original ‘League of Nations’ and the post WW2 United Nations had about 50 members – mostly of thos who knew that war was a bad option as they had just been daft enough to start one and go through it . . . . Now, we have 200 member states, a fair number of whom are clearly nasty and stupid – so why pretend that a ‘fair’ vote at the UN gives anything like Fairness?



    Hundreds of thousands of Black Sudanese Christian children and women have been taken for slaves by Sudan’s Arab Muslims.

    Jihad Slavery in Sudan, with Dr Charles Jacobs

    May every slave be free one day!

  • The UNHRC has thoroughly discredited itself through the years, yet it continues! The Council does not even respect the decision of the International Criminal Court about the Sudanese President being a criminal. A drastic, radical change is needed because to continue as per usual is more and more a tragic farce.
    Thanks to UN Watch for informing us of the procedures as few media speak about what happens at the Council meetings.
    Livia Varju

  • I remember seeing that scruffy, liver-lipped, killer, Yasser Arafat holding a machine gun while addressing the UN general assembly in the ’70’s and thinking “why is the UN allowing this”? To me that was the beginning of the UN’s downward spiral into the primative calamity it is today.

  • Maybe the Security Council should be forced to read ( or reread ) the founding documents of the UN – and then be obliged to adhere to the principles or resign.
    How many would be left ?

  • What we also need is a transformative approach. Countries like Sudan should be taught Human Rights in the same way as school children learn subjects in their classrooms. Right from the richest and most powerful individuals in their societies to the poorest individuals,young and old,all of them, should be made to memorize, by heart, the Human Rights principles, and demonstrate to the world how nations can be transformed into much improved stable civilized societies, in a short duration of time upon implementation.

    if you have taken the efforts to memorize Human Rights principles and demonstrated its implementation in your respective countries, otherwise please do not sit here.

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