On Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council resolved to address systemic racism against Africans and people of African descent in the context of law enforcement. It was, as is usual for the UN, a setup to bash the United States.
By no coincidence, on that same day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken invited the UNHRC to formally investigate “the scourge of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia” in the United States. In a statement accompanying the invitation, Blinken said, “Responsible nations must not shrink from scrutiny of their human rights record; rather, they should acknowledge it with the intent to improve.”
Blinken’s statement continued,
As the President has repeatedly made clear, great nations such as ours do not hide from our shortcomings; they acknowledge them openly and strive to improve with transparency. It is in this context that the United States intends to issue a formal, standing invitation to all UN experts who report and advise on thematic human rights issues…. As a first step, we have reached out to offer an official visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism and the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues.
I have often written that Biden and his team are multilateralists, meaning that they believe the United States should do nothing with which our allies don’t agree. This is the flip side of multilateralism: subjecting the United States to the judgment of international bodies such as the UN’s Human Rights Council.
The United States is a sovereign nation. We have the duty to preserve the rights of Americans and pursue our interests both domestically and internationally. The Constitution protects Americans’ God-given rights and does not subject us to the jurisdiction of any alliance or any international organization. Blinken’s action thus is both an insult to our constitutional government and an intentional subjection of our laws to those who have no right to judge us.
The result of the UNHRC’s “investigation” of “the scourge of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia” in the United States is a foregone conclusion. That is so because the nations that comprise the UNHRC, some of the world’s worst abusers of human rights, including China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, Venezuela, and Libya, will ensure that the UNHRC condemns the United States.
China is committing genocide on its Uighur Muslim population. Its other citizens are not permitted to think or speak in any manner other than the way President Xi Jinping does. There is no freedom of speech, freedom to organize and petition the government for redress of grievances, or any of the other rights preserved by the Bill of Rights. China’s citizens aren’t allowed to access Western internet sites. Its oppression of its citizenry is complete.
Russia is just as bad. Vladimir Putin’s regime assassinates reporters and has jailed Putin’s only major political opponent, Alexander Navalny, on trumped-up charges. Navalny is reportedly very ill and may die in prison. There are no free elections. Instead, Putin picks provincial governors and other officials. Putin’s thugs have assassinated defectors in Britain, such as Alexander Litvinenko with Polonium-210, and have tried to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with Novichok, a nerve agent.
Cuba’s communist government has oppressed its people for 60 years. The hundreds of thousands who have protested against the regime over the past two weeks have been fired upon by police, and hundreds were arrested and probably tortured or made to disappear. The regime of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has cut off the internet and social media.
Pakistan is among the world’s worst human rights abusers. The Amnesty International website says that the organization is concerned about
the persistent pattern human rights violations occurring in Pakistan. Arbitrary detention, torture, deaths in custody, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial execution are rampant. The government of Pakistan has failed to protect individuals — particularly women, religious minorities and children — from violence and other human rights abuses committed in the home, in the community, and while in legal custody. It has failed to ensure legal redress after violations have occurred.
Venezuela’s socialist regime under Nicolás Maduro is a cheap copy of China, Russia, and Pakistan. What should be a prosperous oil-selling nation has been reduced by socialism — first by Hugo Chavez and then by Maduro — to penury. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Venezuela is in the midst of a human rights crisis. Even the UNHRC said that high-level authorities were responsible for crimes against humanity. HRW says that “the government of Nicolás Maduro and its security forces are responsible for extrajudicial executions and short-term forced disappearances and have jailed opponents, prosecuted civilians in military courts, tortured detainees, and cracked down on protesters. They used a state of emergency implemented in response to COVID-19 as an excuse to punish dissent and intensify their control over the population.”
Libya has no government, just warring militias that regularly commit war crimes and other atrocities. Its people are completely unprotected and without rights.
For Blinken to say that the UNHRC has the right to judge us is absurd. His statement is an affront to American law and law enforcement.
We do not imprison people for their political beliefs. We do not assassinate reporters or dissidents at home or abroad. We do not fail to protect individuals — including women, religious minorities, and children — from violence and other human rights abuses committed in the home, in the community, and while in legal custody. Nor do we fail to ensure legal redress after violations have occurred. American cops are too often charged with crimes, but justice is usually served.
Blinken’s actions reflect his — and Biden’s — belief that the United States is merely the equal of every other country and no better. The invitation to the UNHRC to come into the U.S. to investigate human rights here shows they don’t believe the U.S. is worth defending.
Congressional Republicans are, as usual, asleep at the switch. It wouldn’t take much for a Republican senator to introduce a resolution condemning Blinken’s action and objecting to the UNHRC “investigation.” It wouldn’t pass, but it would be worth publicizing our strong opposition to Blinken’s action. I’m knocking at your door. Is anybody home?