This story would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad. The United Nations Human Rights Council criticized the United States for its human rights record on Monday during a review. The conference was pretty much a rebuke of the Trump administration because even feckless, outdated, international organizations have to get on board with the “Orange Man Bad” sentiment.
The Human Rights Council (HRC) excoriated the U.S. for its use of the death penalty, police brutality against black Americans, and separating migrant children from their parents. Channel News Asia reported that “Activists also said that the Human Rights Council’s examination of the United States, the first since May 2015, amounted to an indictment of the Trump administration’s policies and called for President-elect Joe Biden to usher in reforms.”
Dozens of delegations address the council during the sessions to bash the U.S. and put forward suggestions that they believe America should take to improve its record on human rights. “What we saw today was unsurprising condemnation by many countries around the world of the United States’ human rights record,” Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said to reporters. “We’ve heard country after country … calling and urging the United States to take serious measures to address structural racism and police violence.”
The White House, which pulled out of the Geneva forum in 2018 due to its apparent anti-Israel bias and other reasons, defended America’s human rights record. “Our presence in this process demonstrates our nation’s commitment to human rights,” Robert Destro, US Assistant Secretary of State, said.
The case of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minnesota police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, came up during the proceedings and was used to supposedly show how atrocious the U.S. is on matters concerning human rights. But Alexander Maugeri, U.S. deputy assistant attorney general, explained that the authorities filed second-degree murder and manslaughter against Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck.
“A number of member states raised concerns about discrimination and excessive force in policing. Where there is misconduct by police officers or law enforcement agencies, state and federal law provide remedies,” Maugeri insisted.
Now, here’s where we get to the funny part. Members of the HRC include several U.S. allies and other developed nations. But it also includes China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, and Senegal, which are not exactly champions of human rights. Even North Korea, which is not a member of the council, ripped the United States on its human rights record.
The level of brazen hypocrisy is staggering, isn’t it? It would be like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Matt Lauer judging a New York City construction worker for catcalling a pretty lady on the street. Each of these nations is guilty of a slew of different human rights abuses including torture, executions, cracking down on free speech, not allowing freedom of the press, assassinations, and more.
According to Channel News Asia, “China and Russia called on the United States to root out racism and police violence, while Cuba and Venezuela said it must provide equal access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
France called on the U.S. to end capital punishment and to close Guantanamo Bay, and to continue to allow abortion. The United Kingdom echoed the argument regarding abortion.
The United Nations has once again found a way to beclown itself. By allowing countries like China, Cuba, and Russia on its Human Rights Council, they have sacrificed any level of credibility. The notion that these nations would even suggest that they have the moral high ground on human rights is laughable and yet another indication that America has no reason to continue its relationship with the international body, which has become a relic of a bygone era.
Unfortunately, if Trump does not win re-election, we can be sure that former Vice President Joe Biden will kowtow to these jokers just as his former boss, President Barack Obama, did. But perhaps in 2024, we might have a president who sees the U.N. for what it is: a useless organization that does not deserve to benefit from U.S. involvement.
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