the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution by a 32 vote majority that included China, Libya and Saudi Arabia ordering a Council investigation into the Israeli raid.
All Latin American Council members — Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay — voted in support of the resolution. Only three countries voted against it — the United States, Italy and the Netherlands — while nine countries abstained, most of them European nations, and three were absent.
One doesn’t have to be a genius to guess the outcome of the Council’s “investigation.” According to the Freedom House advocacy group’s map of freedom in the world, 60 percent of the Council’s members are dictatorships, or only “partly-free.”
Det pratas mycket om internationella undersökningar, men ett vad som är ett faktum är att det saknas en legitim internationell aktör. FN består till hälften av diktaturer som är fullvärdiga medlemmar med fullständig rösträtt.
Rådet för mänskliga rättigheter har varit selektivt med vilka som uppmärksammas:
The U.N. Council’s record is pitiful. One of its first actions after it was revamped in 2006 was to end its monitoring of Cuba’s human rights abuses.
The Council has also failed to investigate human rights abuses in China, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Zimbabwe, some of the world’s worst human rights offenders.
Of the 40 resolutions issued by the Council over the past four years, 33 have been condemnations of Israel, according to U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based group critical of the U.N. body’s obsession with Israel.
Last year, the U.N. Council didn’t say a word about Iran’s massacre of more than 70 peaceful protesters, nor when China killed nearly 200 Uigurs during ethnic riots. Also, the Council ignored North Korea’s recent sinking of a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors, and it never passed a resolution condemning Cuba for the 1994 sinking of the “13 de Marzo” ship that killed 41 Cubans — including 10 children — who were trying to flee the island.
Hillel Neuer avslutar med sina egna tankar kring kraven på en internationell utredning:
While I agree with Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas, which the United States and European countries have officially classified as a terrorist group, and its various civilian front organizations, I can’t dismiss demands that there be an international investigation into the high seas incident.
But putting such an investigation in the hands of the U.N. Human Rights Council is a travesty.
Viktig text av Hillel Neuer och UN Watch. FN borde inte ses som en legitim aktör att utreda eventuella krigsbrott.
FN borde ersättas av ett demokratiernas förbund.