It’s Official: Genocidal Sudan Running Uncontested for U.N. Human Rights Council Seat

GENEVA, August 7 – The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the candidacy of Omar Al-Bashir’s Sudanese regime, despite the International Criminal Court warrant for his arrest on charges of genocide, for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, as just now confirmed by a United Nations website.

“Electing Sudan to the international community’s highest human body is like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

In July, UN Watch had called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU’s Catherine Ashton to denounce and fight against Sudan’s then-reported candidacy.

“Regrettably, no responses were received,” said Neuer. “It’s still not too late, however, and we continue to urge them to speak out for basic morality and common sense at the United Nations.”

UN Watch already heads an international campaign of MPs and human rights groups opposing the candidacies of Venezuela and Pakistan. Last month, the U.S. failed to get the council to pass a condemnation of what it said was a Syrian candidacy for 2014.

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 like to work. Shockingly, the fact is that Sudan’s election is now a virtual certainty.”

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 and when Al-Bashir’s Sudanese regime wins a seat,” said Neuer. “The U.N. should recall that the reputation of the old human rights commission never recovered it made Libya its chair in 2003.”

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.

3 Responses to “It’s Official: Genocidal Sudan Running Uncontested for U.N. Human Rights Council Seat”

  • Allowing countries ruled by evil dictators to be member nations of the UN goes far beyond the pale, to say the least, but letting any of them hold seats that give them the opportunity to force their sick and twisted minds on the rest of the world is tremendously dangerous….and creating rules based on population rather than the philosophy of a member nation goes far beyond insanity.

    I feel sorry for the sincere humanitarian workers who place their own lives in danger, unlike the ‘leaders’ inside the UN’s ‘Ivory Tower’, who have dedicated their lives to saving oppressed people all over the globe who never receive recognition for their true desire to bring peace to this beautiful planet.

    In my humble opinion, that valuable swath of ground that the UN building occupies would be better served if it was forever altered into a parking lot with a dedication memorial stone that says: Former Location of the Private Country Club of Satan.

  • The whole idea that tyrannical countries run by bloody despots get a say in how democratic countries get to act is repulsive! The idea that tyrannical countries run by bloody despots get to pass judgment on the state of civil/human rights in democratic countries is even worse!

    In the words of the author, inmates running the asylum is the apex of impropriety!

  • What we also need is a trans-formative approach. Countries like Syria, Sudan, etc, and in general all countries, 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. A tree grows and becomes what it is from its seed and its roots. We cannot make new trees to grow by planting leaves in the ground and hope to see new trees growing from them.
    The Principles of Human Rights should be made available to every living human being, and this is the first thing they ought to learn in their respective languages, and then only be allowed to proceed with their day to day work; whatever they do and no work that indicates violation of human rights be allowed
    to be done.
    Kind Attention UN Watch – Sit in the UN Human Rights Council meetings if you have taken the efforts to memorize Human Rights principles and demonstrated its implementation in your respective countries you are eligible to sit in Human Rights Council meetings, otherwise not.

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