You are not even part of the council. And why would you listen to them now? You never did before. You walked out!
It seems that US-based human rights groups are urging that the UN Human Rights Council “convene an urgent meeting to address police violence in the US.” Such is the desire for change and justice. Plus the acknowledgment that nothing will change. Calling upon the UN is what you do when desperate. Practically speaking the UN is unable to even account for the money it spends never mind doing anything constructive. So, is this a good idea or mere politicking?
Let us start by looking at what the UN Human Rights Council is: “The key international platform for cooperation in the sphere of human rights and is designed to cater to the interests of all the member-states, not to that of one country or a group of countries.” It consists of a 47-member panel and yes, China and the rest are there and yes, they are critical of Israel – a major problem for both US “corporate” political parties. They don’t like that aspect at all even where justified. And so the US officially walked out more than once. It happened under George W Bush, mostly because of the lack of support for the illegal Iraq War. For a short time, the US came back under the Obama Administration. Then the US walked out yet again:
“The US is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council. It is a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights. American participation is the last shred of credibility the council has. That is precisely why we must leave.” Nikki Haley, then US ambassador to the United Nations, June 2018.
“The Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights. Worse than that, the Human Rights Council has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy - with many of the world’s worst human rights abuses going ignored and some of the world’s most serious offenders sitting on the council itself. A mere look around the world today demonstrates that the council has failed in its stated objectives. Its membership includes authoritarian governments with unambiguous and abhorrent human rights records, such as China, Cuba and Venezuela.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Just about only one country agreed with the US decision. Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Israel thanks President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Haley for their courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies of the so-called UN Human Rights Council. For years, the UNHRC has proven to be a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights. Instead of dealing with regimes that systematically violate human rights, the UNHRC obsessively focuses on Israel, the one genuine democracy in the Middle East. The US decision to leave this prejudiced body is an unequivocal statement that enough is enough. Israel welcomes the American announcement.”
The Russians had another view, as did almost all other countries: “Apparently, the US wanted to turn the council into a complacent mechanism that would promote its interests and punish those who disagree.”
So you may say that the US has a prickly relationship with the UNHRC. But what good will it do when the UNHRC debates the US human rights record? The result will be extremely negative. After all, historically, since the US came into being in 1776 it was at war with someone, including native American tribes etc. somewhere in the world for 93% of the time. By 2020, you had 227 years of war out of 244 years of your existence. That is shocking. It can be said that you never had any peace, less than a percentage point of those years was without an American boy dying somewhere for the Washington Swamp. History will also show that these perpetual wars were almost exclusively, 99%, with minor powers or tribes unable to fight back on an equal basis. What is more damning is that no one requested you to intercede in ANY of the countries you did since 1945, acting against the very UN treaties that you signed and say you uphold. I have more damning statistics regarding US rogue state behavior. Since 1941 the US has not formally declared war on any country and yet invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Iraq, Panama, Grenada, Laos, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and North Korea. But should you look at which countries or its armed forces were bombed by the USA since 1945 when World War Two ended, and all of this may come down to “air piracy” without the Geneva Conventions protection, the list is much more extensive: China 1945-46, Korea 1950-53, China 1950-53, Guatemala 1954, Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-60, Guatemala 1960, Belgian Congo 1964, Guatemala 1964, Dominican Republic 1965-66, Peru 1965, Laos 1964-73, Vietnam 1961-73, Cambodia 1969-70, Guatemala 1967-69, Lebanon 1982-84, Grenada 1983-84, Libya 1986, El Salvador 1981-92, Nicaragua 1981-90, Iran 1987-88, Libya 1989, Panama 1989-90, Iraq 1991, Kuwait 1991, Somalia 1992-94, Bosnia 1995, Iran 1998, Sudan 1998, Afghanistan 1998, Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999, Afghanistan 2001, Libya 2011, Syria 2015-. Who is next? Not China or Russia, they will bomb you back all the way.
As I said in my recent videos on police brutality, the culture of unaccountability is now coming home to US Sheriff Departments. Perhaps it always was there. Surely, statistics tell us that corrupt cops are seldom punished for their crimes. Nor are the war criminals in uniform. There is a culture of non-accountability. So perhaps calling on the UNHRC is not such a bad idea after all. After all, the International Criminal Court, ICC, is now investigating the US Military in Afghanistan. Yes, they have more than 20,000 pages of witness reports already and the howl from Pompeo and the rest are very audible. I can, did, write extensively on how the ICC is threatened with sanctions for daring to investigate such crimes even if well-known. What are you so scared about? Can it be that you are actually guilty as charged? Does change not come from within?
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