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China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam in line for seats on UN Human Rights Council
AP ^ | November 12, 2013 | AP

Posted on 11/12/2013 9:07:31 AM PST by haffast

UNITED NATIONS – China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are among the nations running unopposed for seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.'s highest rights watchdog body, a prospect that has upset independent human rights groups.

The General Assembly on Tuesday will elect 14 new members to the 47-seat, Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight of publicity and censure 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.

New York-based Human Rights Watch pointed out that five of the candidates — China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Algeria — have refused to let independent U.N. human rights monitors visit to investigate alleged abuses.

"Countries that haven't allowed U.N. experts appointed by the council to visit have a lot of explaining to do," said Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "It's like hiring someone, then not allowing them to enter the office."

Seats on the council are allotted to regions, and countries from those regions select candidates for those seats. Sometimes the elections are contested and sometimes not. All 193 members of the General Assembly can vote on Tuesday.

The Asian group has unopposed candidates for its four seats: China, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.

Saudi Arabia had been expected to run into trouble in the General Assembly vote after it won and then a day later rejected a seat on the Security Council for 2014-2015, an unprecedented move. The kingdom was apparently piqued over policy differences with the United States on Mideast issues, including how Washington has handled the Egypt and Syria crises, and warming ties between the U.S. and Iran, the Saudis' regional foe.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: algeria; antiisraelforum; antiusaforum; china; humanrights; humanrightscouncil; humanrightswatch; humanwrongscouncil; israel; maldives; palestine; peaceandsecurity; russia; saudiarabia; un; unhrc; vietnam
"UN Watch and other groups have also criticized the Human Rights Council for its preoccupation with reports and resolutions criticizing Israel over the Palestinian issue. By contrast, Neuer said that the council has never adopted a resolution critical of Russia, China, or Saudi Arabia."

"The United States is among the current members of the council, with a term set to expire in 2015."

1 posted on 11/12/2013 9:07:31 AM PST by haffast
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To: haffast

oh Lordy, that is rich


2 posted on 11/12/2013 9:08:10 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: haffast

The USA boycotted this abomination under Bush, at least. Obama making us join speaks to his agenda.


3 posted on 11/12/2013 9:10:32 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: yldstrk

People pretty much had the same reaction in the U. S. after Katrina.

Dumb as a box of rocks...


4 posted on 11/12/2013 9:10:45 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
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To: DoughtyOne; yldstrk

Sorry, posted this on the wrong thread. Oops...


5 posted on 11/12/2013 9:12:06 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I figured you were answering the Philippine refusing to eat thread


6 posted on 11/12/2013 9:12:41 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Yeah... LOL. Thanks.


7 posted on 11/12/2013 9:13:24 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
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To: haffast

Hey, what about North Korea? They’re charming too...


8 posted on 11/12/2013 9:32:15 AM PST by GOPJ (Obama - "too arrogant to question his own bad judgement" ... Greenfield)
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To: yldstrk

The NWO begins...


9 posted on 11/12/2013 9:51:48 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: haffast
the 47-seat, Geneva-based council

Move the whole d*** UN to Geneva.

10 posted on 11/12/2013 9:53:33 AM PST by MUDDOG
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To: haffast

Oh, the AP was all for Russia when Russia was communist and sending people off to die in the gulags. Now, the Russians don’t bend over and kiss the homosexuals asses, and the AP turns on them faster than a scared gerbil.


11 posted on 11/12/2013 10:00:44 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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North Korea publicly executes 80, some for videos or Bibles, report says
Published November 12, 2013 - FoxNews.com
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/11/12/north-korea-publicly-executes-80-for-crimes-like-watching-films-owning-bible/


12 posted on 11/12/2013 10:05:50 AM PST by haffast (Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.)
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To: haffast

Like I and others here have said over and over we need to get out of the UN..


13 posted on 11/12/2013 10:20:05 AM PST by PLD
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North Korea's also starved their own people to death so their ‘sh*t for brains’ leaders can have more luxuries.

That certainly makes them scummy enough for a UN Human Rights Council...

14 posted on 11/12/2013 10:22:24 AM PST by GOPJ (Obama - "too arrogant to question his own bad judgement" ... Greenfield)
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To: haffast

Saudi Arabia - Human Rights Council? I guess they gave women the right to drive automobiles. Oh, not yet? I guess women aren’t consider full humans in Saudi Arabia, but then again, non-muslims are considered even more non-human there.


15 posted on 11/12/2013 12:42:29 PM PST by roadcat
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks haffast.
New York-based Human Rights Watch pointed out that five of the candidates -- China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Algeria -- have refused to let independent U.N. human rights monitors visit to investigate alleged abuses. "Countries that haven't allowed U.N. experts appointed by the council to visit have a lot of explaining to do," said Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director
No, Peggy, they won't. They'll tell you to shove your demands up your keister, but will have the imprimatur of the UNHRC behind their refusals. And when they condemn Israel yet again, Human Rights Watch will be backing them 100%.


16 posted on 11/12/2013 6:41:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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oh Lordy, that is rich

Bingo.

17 posted on 11/12/2013 7:31:32 PM PST by GOPJ (Obama - "too arrogant to question his own bad judgement" ... Greenfield)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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18 posted on 11/13/2013 6:11:55 AM PST by SJackson (if you want to test a man’s character, give him power A Lincoln)
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To: haffast

The new face of human rights on leaders of every nation on the planet.


19 posted on 11/13/2013 2:38:21 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: GOPJ

North Korea on the UN Human Rights Council? Why not?!? Its only fair.


20 posted on 11/13/2013 3:48:59 PM PST by SisterK (its a spiritual war)
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To: haffast; All

Fight for Cultural Equality: UN Okays Cannibalism, Slavery
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3011678/posts


21 posted on 01/09/2014 8:46:46 PM PST by cunning_fish
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