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Mandating Moral Rot at the UN Human Rights Council

May 25th, 2014 - 11:38 am

At the United Nations, it’s a pretty reliable rule that when something looks bad on the surface, there’s worse rot beneath. That’s no accident. It’s a natural product of UN secrecy, bureaucracy and membership freighted with unfree states. Mix those elements together, and they yield a moral compost heap in which bad policy and bigotry flourish. By the time something troubling sprouts into plain view,  it has already set down a massive root structure within the UN hothouse.

For the past six years, one product of this mulch was the UN Human Rights Council’s sponsorship of Richard Falk as a special rapporteur for what the UN Human Rights Council is pleased to call “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.” This has been a lopsided anti-Israel mandate since its conception, and Falk with great zeal translated it into a platform for attacking Israel and the U.S. That made waves in the U.S. last year when Falk blamed America for the Islamist terrorist bombings of the Boston Marathon. More than two dozen members of Congress called for the UN to fire Falk. As it turned out, the UN Human Rights Council (reborn in a 2006 flurry of “reform” from the irredeemably corrupt UN Commission on Human Rights) has no procedure for firing a special rapporteur, nor does the UN require its rapporteurs to divulge such niceties as other sources of funding and support. Falk carried on until his term expired this month, only to be replaced by a candidate with a similar anti-Israel record, Indonesia’s Makarim Wibisono. So far, so bad.

But neither is the Falk connection entirely gone.  The UN Human Rights Council has now appointed, as another of its special rapporteurs, none other than Richard Falk’s wife — Hilal Elver. She shares her husband’s work, agenda and predilection for 9/11 conspiracy theories, Israel trashing and so forth. You can read more about her on the web site of Geneva-based UN Watch, which called her UN appointment “bizarre, nepotistic, and politically driven.” UN Watch in its online briefing includes a link to Elver’s application for the post, complete with “self-disqualifying answers, non-sequiturs, and more than 20 spelling mistakes.” Her specific post is special rapporteur “on the right to food,” a post which UN Watch notes was initiated by Cuba and “first held by Jan Ziegler, founder and recipient of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize.”

To this I’d add, if the UN’s aim is to ensure that people around the globe have enough to eat, the real project should be the right to freedom — the point being that free people have a far better record of ensuring all can eat well than do oppressed people whose “right to food” is overseen by state planners and UN rapporteurs. But campaigning for freedom to choose is not an agenda that would generate much business for the UN or its deep bench of cronies.

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Israel is not even allowed to be a member of the Asian regional group!

The new cheif Israel-hater said a few years ago that Israel has a "ruthless contempt for the lives of the innocent,” and carries out “callous attacks against terrorized and defenseless civilians.”

I wonder just who he thinks lives in Sderot and other areas under attack by Hamas' rockets?
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As for Wibisono's appointment to be the chief Israeli-hater, how can he criticize a nation his country doesn't even recognize?

Our joining the HRC is no surprise. How else could FCMABBHO help promote U.N. H.R.C. Res. 16/18 and other measures that would further ingratiate himself with the O.I.C.?

The same goes for our joining the Muslim-dominated Alliance of Civilizations. Our membership in this little-known forum allows him to operate in near-darkness as he tries to chip away at the legitimacy of Irael.
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It's tough getting a job these days. Resume, background and credit checks; have you committed a felony in the last...
Anyway, Obama would never have seen the inside of the WH had he been 'properly' vetted. And then there's the UN, where as you point out, the bar lies on the floor; the standard: Do you hate the US and Israel? Congrats. Come on in.
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I'm sure Elver's appointment fits very well with Obama's anti-American agenda.
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I was never a fan of the John Birch Society but even in my youth I knew they had one slogan right: "Us out of the UN and the UN out of the US."

True enough then as today.
14 weeks ago
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The One World totalitarians have plots and schemes and slimy conspiracies ...most of them aimed at Judeo-Christian Western nations.

Either to steal our wealth, undermine our security or take away our freedom.

This barrel of tripe does not belong on our soil.
The criminal enterprise currently running our government is more devoted to this indoctrination hate farm than they are to us. We are the enemy of both.
14 weeks ago
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The United Nations with all its departments, sections, etc. was and is a horrible error. Ship the whole mess to some third world country and see how many "nations" continue membership.
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As for Wibisono's appointment to be the chief Israeli-hater, how can he criticize a nation his country doesn't even recognize?

Our joining the HRC is no surprise. How else could FCMABBHO help promote U.N. H.R.C. Res. 16/18 and other measures that would further ingratiate himself with the O.I.C.?

The same goes for our joining the Muslim-dominated Alliance of Civilizations. Our membership in this little-known forum allows him to operate in near-darkness as he tries to chip away at the legitimacy of Irael.
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I didn't know whether to laugh, cry or throw my monitor out the window when I read Elver's application. Doesn't she know how to proof-read? Doesn't she know anyone who could have done that for her? Or, did she know she was a shoe-in?
14 weeks ago
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It's tough getting a job these days. Resume, background and credit checks; have you committed a felony in the last...
Anyway, Obama would never have seen the inside of the WH had he been 'properly' vetted. And then there's the UN, where as you point out, the bar lies on the floor; the standard: Do you hate the US and Israel? Congrats. Come on in.
14 weeks ago
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Israel is not even allowed to be a member of the Asian regional group!

The new cheif Israel-hater said a few years ago that Israel has a "ruthless contempt for the lives of the innocent,” and carries out “callous attacks against terrorized and defenseless civilians.”

I wonder just who he thinks lives in Sderot and other areas under attack by Hamas' rockets?
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Most things at the UN never change...
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The Human Rights Council is nothing but a new name for the Human Rights Commission, amd the stench remains the same.
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