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Syria and Iran Think They Have Strong Human Rights Records

By on 7.11.13 | 3:53PM

Over 100,000 people have died in the Syrian civil war over the past 27 months, but President Bashar al-Assad still thinks his government belongs on the United Nation's Human Rights Council.

Both Syria and Iran are running for seats in the HRC's "Asia group."

Reuters:

From the so-called Asia group, which includes the Middle East and Asia, seven countries - China, Iran, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Vietnam - are vying for four seats, U.N. diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

One diplomat predicted that Syria and Iran would fail in their bids to join the U.N. rights watchdog when the 193-nation General Assembly votes in the fall, while another said the upcoming election would be a "comedy."

The Council, which currently includes human rights violaters such as Pakistan and Venezuela, has made a farce of itself since it was founded in 2006. In the past seven years, 45 percent of its country-related resolutions have condemned Israel, and 32 percent of special sessions have been held to denounce Israel.

In 2007, the HRC made a debate of Israel's actions a permanent agenda item, the only country to have such designation.

Last year, the HRC hosted an event with a politician from the terrorist group Hamas, which routinely attacks Israeli citizens with rockets and uses its own people as shields against retaliation.

Syria and Iran have no right to be elected, but it's not like the HRC can get much worse at this point.

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