The bad news is that you can be wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court and your flunky can still receive a top human rights position at the United Nations.
The good news? This is the UN. There is no good news.
Mia Farrow, the film star and human rights activist, today condemned the U.N.’s election of Sudan as vice-president of its 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a top U.N. body that regulates human rights groups, shapes the composition of key U.N. women’s rights bodies, and adopts resolutions on subjects ranging from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation.
“This is an outrage,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “On the same day we hear that Sudan is killing babies and burning homes in Darfur — precisely the kind of dire situation ECOSOC should be urgently addressing — the U.N. has now made vital human rights protection less likely than ever.”
“It’s inexplicable that 176 of 193 U.N. member states voted to support the blood-soaked regime of Omar Al-Bashir, failing to recognize that electing genocidal Sudan to a global human rights body is like choosing Jack the Ripper to guard a women’s shelter,” said Neuer.
“Sudanese president Al Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan,” said Farrow. “President Al Bashir and his regime are orchestrating a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Sudan’s border regions, the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile, where some 700,000 civilians face starvation and are denied access to humanitarian aid because of incessant aerial bombardments.”
Fear not. Obama is right on this. Not.
The Obama Administration has been surprsingly silent on today’s vote. By contrast, in 2004, the U.S. ambassador famously walked out of ECOSOC after Sudan was elected.
The Obama Administration promised that when a country is under Security Council sanction for massive human-rights abuses, “it should be barred, plain and simple, from leadership roles like chairmanships in U.N. bodies. Abusers of international law or norms should not be the public face of the U.N.”
Yet even though Sudan’s president al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes and and crimes against humanity — by virtue of a Security Council referral — the U.S. voice has been silent, as has that of the European Union.
Al Bashir’s regime will now help select the members of the Commission on the Status of Women, the executive board of UN Women, and UNICEF, which protects children’s rights.
Maybe next Halloween Bashir can send the Janjaweed collecting for UNICEF. They’re already monsters so they wouldn’t even have to wear masks.
Another of the Muslim VP’s of ECOSOC? Pakistan. Yes, that Pakistan.