Skip to comments.UN rights monitor slams Republicans over US shutdown (LOL!)
Posted on 10/14/2013 1:44:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
October 14, 2013
Nigel Rodley, a British expert who chairs the UN Human Rights Committee, lambasted the Republicans for allegedly ripping up their own history as they keep up their battle against President Barack Obama's signature health care law which aims to bridge the insurance gap for Americans.
"The political party of Abraham Lincoln that, in fire and blood ended slavery and gave freedom to millions of people of African descent, seemed now to have party members who thought that wealth did not just rhyme with health, but should also determine access to it," Rodley told the UN committee.
"To achieve its aim it had brought the government of the United States to a standstill and to the brink of defaulting on its national debt," he added.
Rodley lamented that his committee has had to postpone to March 2014 a review of the United States, which had been scheduled this month.
"It was clear that the delegation from the United States was not unwilling to come, but was seriously unable to do so, for reasons that had been widely covered in the media," he said.
Like all UN member countries, the United States is meant to submit to periodic reviews of its rights record.
Meetings with delegations from Bolivia, Uruguay, Djibouti, Mauritania and Mozambique to assess their countries' records will go ahead as scheduled during the committee's current session.
Notice how all the cronies—the head of the World Bank,
the UN, etc.—are all chiming in with the same theme song...
No doubt about it, they’re counting on Obumbles and the clown car Dems to hand over US sovereignty and they’re getting miffed that it’s not happening on schedule.
Why can’t we have this “entity” moved to another country. They should not have a permanent home here.
If we weren’t in Wonderland with Alice, this kind of fertilizer would only tighten the resolve of the GOPs in congress... But alas, we are in Wonderland, and McConnell looks a lot like the Mad Hatter....
Nigel RODLEY (United Kingdom)
Born: 1 December 1941
1960-1963: University of Leeds LLB
1964-1965: Columbia University LLM
1970 New York University LLM
1993 University of Essex PhD
Marital status: Married
Foreign languages: French, German, Spanish
Since 1994: Professor of Law and Chair, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
Since 2001: Member, Human Rights Committee (Vice-Chair since 2003)
Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:
1993-2001: UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the question of torture since 2003: Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists
since 2000: Member, Editorial Committee, British Year Book of International Law
since 2003: Trustee, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture
1998: Knighted (KBE) for ‘services to human rights and international law’
2000: Honorary LLD, Dalhousie University
Main professional activities:
1965-1968: Assistant Professor of Law, Dalhousie University , Halifax NS , Canada
1968-1969: Associate Economics Affairs Officer, Division of Public Finance and Financial Institutions, UN Headquarters New York
1969-1972: Visiting Lecturer of Political Science, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York NY
1970-1972: Research Fellow, New York University Center for International Studies
1973-1990: Founding Head of Legal Office, International Secretariat, Amnesty International, London
1973-1990: Part-time Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics (Research Fellow 1983)
Reader (1990-1994), University of Essex , Colchester , United Kingdom (Subjects taught: International Law; International Human Rights; Jurisprudence)
Director, LLM in International Human Rights Law (1991-1993)
Dean of the School of Law (1992-1995)
1993 - Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on torture. (Main responsibilities: reviewing conception of mandate: ensuring transmission of suitable information to Governments and processing of following-up replies: visiting selected countries: reporting annually to the Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations General Assembly: liaising with the Committee against Torture)
Henry-Dunant Institute ( Geneva ), Seminar for Francophone Heads of Prison Administration, Bujumbura (1990)
University of Lund (Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, 1991, 1992 and 2000)
African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Banjul (1991)
United Nations Human Rights Training Course for Law Enforcement Officials, Malta (1991)
University of Essex Training Programme for Senior Administration of Justice Officials from Small Commonwealth Countries (1991)
United Nations Human Rights Training Course for Law Enforcement Officials, Albania (1992)
University of Essex Human Rights Training Sessions for the British Bar, London (1993)
African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, Training Programmes for African Officials responsible for Reporting under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, Harare (1993)
University of Essex Human Rights Centre Training Programmes for East European Lawyers (1999)
Lord Chancellor’s Department Judicial Studies Board, Human Rights Act Training Seminar (2000)
Member, Board of the European Human Rights Foundation
Founding member and former Executive Committee Vice-Chairman of INTERIGHTS - International Human Rights Law Centre
Member, Council of “Justice” (British branch of the International Commission of Jurists)
Member, Executive Committee, David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies
Member, International Human Rights Council, Carter Centre, Emory University
Rapporteur, first and second annual meetings of Commission on Human Rights special procedures (1994, 1995): Chairman, sixth meeting (1999)
List of most recent publications in this field
The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law (2 nd edn., 1999, OUP)
‘Breaking the Cycle of Impunity for Gross Violations of Human Rights: The Pinochet Case in Perspective’, 69 Nordic J Int’l L 11 (2000)
‘The Definition(s) of Torture in International Law’, 55 Cur’nt Leg. Probs. 467 (2002)
‘U N Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures of the Commission on Human Rights-Complementarity or Competition?’, 25 HRQ 882 (2003)
‘The UN Human Rights Machinery and International Criminal Law’, in Lattimer and Sands (eds.), Justice for Crimes against Humanity (2003, Hart Publishing )
Other main publications:
The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law, 1987, 1999
International Law in Western Hemisphere , 1974
Enhancing Global Human Rights, 1979
To Loose the Bands of Wickedness - International Intervention in Defence of Human Rights, 1992
International Response to Traumatic Stress, 1996
Conference on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Acute Crisis, 1998
Immunities of Officials Associated with Permanent United Nations Establishments, 1972
Monitoring Human Rights by the United Nations System and the Role of Non-Governmental Organisations, 1979
On the Necessity of United States Ratification of the International Human Rights Conventions, 1981
Direct Intervention at the United Nations: NGO Participation in the Commission on Human Rights and its Sub-Commission, 1982
The Development of United Nations Activities in the Field of Human Rights and the Role of Non-Governmental Organisations, 1983
Torture, Extra-Legal Execution and “Disappearance” as Crimes under International Law, 1985
United Nations Action Procedures against “Disappearances”, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and Torture, 1986
Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention: The Case Law of the World Court , 1989
The International Legal Consequences of Torture, Extra-Legal Execution and “Disappearance”, 1989
The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, 1991
United Nations Non-Treaty Mechanisms for Protecting Human Rights, 1992
Conceptual Problems Concerning Minorities - International Legal Developments, 17 Human Rights, 1995
Rights and Responses to Terrorism in Northern Ireland , 1995
International Human Rights Law and Machinery for Monitoring its Implementation in Situations of Acute Crisis, 1998
Impunity of Human Rights, 1998
Toward a More Effective Integrated System of Human Rights Protection by the United Nations, 1993
Ninth to Fourteenth Reports of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Question of Torture, 1994-1999
Various official reports on visits to individual countries in role of United Nations Special Rapporteur
SUMMARY: Went to school until he was 30; has lived on other people’s money ever since.
Nigel and the whole dang UN should mind their own business, the Brits have enough problems of their own.
Great graphic — SCREW ‘EM
Columbia University, why was I not surprised.
Shouldn’t a British Expert be telling the Britts what to do?
They know that it is almost end game for the US. THE only thing standing between the constitution and the end of American greatness is a small rag-tag group of true conservatives.
Sounds like a character from an Austin Powers movie.
Amen brother. F the UN.
The Nanny State is a human right?
They are all on the same big lie, of course.
Obama and Reid shut down the government
Amazing how they all sing in the same key
with the same words.
I guess the democrats are pulling out all the stops
and calling in all the markers.
I don’t think I have EVER seen such a propagands
onslaught such as we have been experiencing.