Un put Zimbabwe on human rights panel, really!


The U.N. Economic and Social Council Wednesday elected 15 countries to the Human Rights Commission. Among the four chosen by the African group was Zimbabwe, whose leader Robert Mugabe is under U.S. and European sanctions.

The selection drew immediate objections from several countries, including the United States, Canada and Australia. Deputy U.S. representative on the Council William Brencick said the United States was perplexed and dismayed by the choice.

"My delegation believes that this candidature is entirely inappropriate. We remain deeply concerned that the Government of Zimbabwe maintains repressive controls on political assembly and the media, harasses civil society groups, and continues to encourage a climate where the opposition fears for its safety," he said.

So a country whose policies produce genocide by famine is to be a judge of human rights. And, some people are surprise by the lack of respect for the UN?


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