UN Watch on the Human Rights Council
In an editorial in the Herald Tribune, the executive director of UN Watch explains why the new UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is, as its predecessor, a political failure. As a reminder, the old "Commission on human rights" had been abolished by Kofi because it had lost all its credibility (has it ever had any?). The new body should have helped improve the protection of human rights around the globe but (again) turns out to be an anti-israeli and hypocrite lobby dominated by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and classic anti-democratic governments like Cuba and China.
And yet, the leftist state financed media in Switzerland could not refrain from showing full and blind support for this new human rights body (this is not surprising since you don't criticize those who pay you, and the Swiss foreign minister Calmy-Rey was a leading force in this undertaking). This blog however has always defended the position that the UNHRC was a failure from the beginning, essentially for the following systemic reasons: Having the UN taking care of human rights is a contradiction in itself since most of its members do not give a damn at all about the protection of individual rights. To grant them access to membership in the UNHRC and to have an overweight of members of the OIC inevitably leads to a partisan organization supporting terrorism. And indeed, the UNHRC nominated Swiss marxist Jean Ziegler, a pathetic friend of Muammar el-Qaddafi, it has endorsed the islamist position on the "Danish cartoons" and it focused from the beginning on one-sided condemnations of Israel. Switzerland, one of the "founding countries" only managed to abstain from that vote which effectively granted immunity to terrorist organizations as Hamas or Hezbollah.
The good news is that Kofi Annan's term will soon be over, perhaps will his (asiatic) successor be able to show more integrity, personal credibility and sound political judgement in order to really help moving the world towards more liberty and hence, to peace.