Putting Cuba in a UN Human Rights Commission is a travesty

Silvio Canto, Jr.
It's official - and Cuba is in:

"China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog's credibility. 

The General Assembly elected 14 new members to the 47-seat Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight on rights abuses by adopting resolutions -- when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes."

The travesty here is that some of these countries have not allowed UN inspectors to investigate human rights violations in their countries, according to Human Rights Watch.

What a cast of characters. I can't wait until they have a human rights violation case or issue come to the council.  What will Cuba say when another member throws dissidents in jail or harasses critics?

P. S. You can hear my chat with Marc Masferrer, editor of Uncommon Sense & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.

 

It's official - and Cuba is in:

"China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog's credibility. 

The General Assembly elected 14 new members to the 47-seat Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight on rights abuses by adopting resolutions -- when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes."

The travesty here is that some of these countries have not allowed UN inspectors to investigate human rights violations in their countries, according to Human Rights Watch.

What a cast of characters. I can't wait until they have a human rights violation case or issue come to the council.  What will Cuba say when another member throws dissidents in jail or harasses critics?

P. S. You can hear my chat with Marc Masferrer, editor of Uncommon Sense & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.