Meanwhile, Back at the UN…
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  • QET

    I agree with everything said here except the statement as to what should be the UN’s great moral calling. The concept of human rights has proven far too elastic for it to be any kind of moral calling of the UN. Better to leave human rights to the practice of individual nations such as the US until the power of the example works change elsewhere (although tying foreign aid to demonstrable changes in governance and real protection of certain rights is a good thing also).

  • Dear Prof. Mead: I am cautious about the sentence “More than 150,000 people have been killed in Venezuela since Lieutenant Colonel Chávez was elected President in 1999.” I am willing to be corrected, but I believe this refers not to killings by the government, but to total homicides in Venezuela. Now, the Chavez government may be neglectful, possibly malignly, but I do not believe it is murderous on the scale the sentence implies. Please do check this out to see what the correct figures are.

  • Stuart Wilder

    Given its history, it is idiotic to spend any time, money or attention on the UN as an institution that always protects human rights. It might do so when such a concern is, in a particular case, in the interests of one or more of its individual members states. No country though is innocent of hypocrisy on this issue, and with understandable, if not good, reason: valid and invalid national interests sometimes demand that you deal with the S.O.B.’s of this world. The U.S. should go back to ignoring the pack of hyenas known as the UNHRC, and when able and willing to pursue human rights, do so secure in the knowledge that this college for war criminals is best left uninvolved.

  • deepelemblues

    I have to disagree with Dr. Farrow, there is no evidence or reason to believe that any human rights organization created by the United Nations will accomplish anything. Better to just give up on it and deal with human rights at the national level. States can organize themselves into coalitions to deal with human rights matters, or take their own positions and actions, if they so wish.

  • The UN, like NATO, was constructed at a time and place in which the USSR was a serious threat that needed managing politically and militarily.

    The USSR no longer exists.

    Neither should the UN or NATO.

  • Steven E

    the UNHRC needs to be disbanded and rebuilt from the ground up

    Um, we just did that. Why would anyone imagine that we would get any better results now than we did in 2006?

  • David

    Quick observation:

    Why is The United States name tag in Spanish?

  • Here is another look at this from a CFRs stewart Patrick

    http://blogs.cfr.org/patrick/2012/06/01/the-human-rights-council-give-credit-where-credit-is-due/

    I also think the universal periodic review makes a difference. And also, Human Rights Watch, which is some measures is a beacon for human rights work also highly supports the imperfect though necessary work of the council.

  • Atanu Maulik

    I don’t know why in these tough economic times we spend billions to keep this circus running. I can think of so many other things where the money could have been better used.

  • And also, Human Rights Watch, which is some measures is a beacon for human rights work

    Aryeh Neier was a press agent for the Sandinista Front and the crew currently operating in the Near East might as well be on the payroll of the PA and Hamas. Beacon leading people toward what?

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