The expensive comedy club at Turtle Bay celebrates Cuba and other human rights atrocities.
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Again, this is not from the pages of The Onion. It is from a debate before the Human Rights Council.
Needless to say, the Cuban government was pleased. The Cuban Interests Section (which acts as Havana’s de facto embassy) put out a press release headlined: “Cuba recognized in the Human Rights Council.” Havana grandly announced that it was accepting most of the Council’s recommendations, and “reaffirmed its commitment to the strengthening of international cooperation on human rights issues and to the UN Human Rights Council, which must be based on the principles of universality, objectivity, impartiality and non-selectiveness.”
Is there some way, in theory, in which the Human Rights Council might help advance the cause of human rights? Perhaps, but it certainly is not apparent how that might be. The official “Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review” of Cuba was as stomach-churning as the ensuing debate. Rather than advancing the cause of human liberty, the Council is providing cover for the oppressors and persecutors. Like the Castro Brothers & Co.
After receiving its UN whitewash, the Cuban government exclaimed: “The exemplary achievements of the Cuban Revolution in relation to human rights have been acknowledged once again by the international community. It has not been possible to silence the truth.”
Rather than going back into the Council, the U.S. and other serious states should make a quick exit. The problem is not Cuba. It is the UN. Saudi Arabia, too, received gentle treatment. Up the next day were Azerbaijan and China — the latter of which praised the records of Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Cameroon. This incestuous process will continue, day after day, at the expense of the rest of us.
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