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Obama Administration Takes the U.S. one Step out of a State of Hypocricy .. We’re Joining the U.N. Human Rights Council

March 31, 2009

Reversing the Bush administration policy of minimizing human rights while tooting human rights, the Obama administration is reportedly joining the U.N. Human Rights Council and the world is happy:

“This is a welcome step that gives the United States and other defenders of human rights a fighting chance to make the institution more effective,” said a human rights advocate familiar with the decision. “I think everybody is just desperate to have the United States and Barack Obama run for the human rights council, and countries are willing to bend over backward to make that happen.”  source

New Zealand has offered to step aside so that the U.S. can run uncontested for one of the three seats available on the 47 member council.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2009 9:42 pm

    Is joining the UNHRC one small step out of hypocrisy for the U.S. or is it a giant leap into hypocrisy?

    We’ll see how effective Hillary is at “improving the U.N. human rights system.”

    But, to be honest, that doesn’t sound like a very good reason to join.

  2. April 1, 2009 10:41 pm

    Good points Konservo. I guess it will depend on if the US continues with human rights violations or not and/or if we end up skewing what is or is not a human rights violation.

  3. Phil permalink
    April 4, 2009 1:04 pm

    What will the UNHRC do without New Zealand?

    Good on Obama for taking the initiative.

  4. Owen permalink*
    April 7, 2009 4:47 pm

    The more people that are in the room shaming one another into behaving properly the better. When some are inside and some are outside each can pretend they’re better than the other.

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