Libya sits on the United Nations' Human Rights Council, as does Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia. You can guess what they spend a great deal of time talking about:
The Human Rights Council currently includes members such as Libya, Bahrain, China, Jordan, Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that its resolution of establishment demands that "members elected to the council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights". Iran sits on the UN's 'Commission on the Status of Women' along with Zimbabwe. Thus, it is hardly surprising that the UNHRC has been busier attempting to push resolutions on the subject of the 'Defamation of Religion' than it has in upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in some of its member countries.
The dysfunctional nature of the UNHRC is all too apparent when one considers that human rights in Darfur, Tibet, North Korea or Zimbabwe have never been discussed in that forum or that the best it could come up with regarding Sudan was an expression of "deep concern". In fact, the only country to have ever been specifically condemned by the UNHRC is a multicultural democracy with equal rights for women, homosexuals, religious and ethnic minorities which has a free press and an independent judiciary system - Israel.
That country alone was the subject of no less than 15 condemnations during the period since the UNHRC's establishment on March 15th 2006 and January 24th 2008 - nine of those within its first year of functioning. Three months after its establishment, the UNHRC voted to make a review of alleged human rights abuses by Israel a permanent feature of every Council session. No other country on earth was deemed deserving of such intense scrutiny.
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