At the UN, Iran is on the UN Women’s Rights Commission, the UN Human Rights Council includes Libya, Qatar, and Venezuela, and the UN Conference on Disarmament will be headed by North Korea.
North Korea on Monday will take over as chair of the world disarmament forum which negotiated the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, sparking an appeal (see text below) by over 40 UN-accredited non-governmental organizations for UN chief Antonio Guterres, the U.S., Canada, UK, EU states and other democracies to strongly protest, and for their ambassadors to walk out of the conference during the four weeks of the North Korean presidency, starting on May 30, 2022.
The 65-nation Conference on Disarmament, based in Geneva, is considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament efforts. The UN-backed body calls itself “the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community.”
“Having the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un preside over global nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization that monitors the United Nations, and which spearheaded the joint protest.
“This is a country that threatens to attack other UN member states with missiles, and that commits atrocities against its own people. Torture and starvation are routine in North Korean political prison camps where an estimated 100,000 people are held in what is one of the world’s most dire human-rights situations,” said Neuer.
Good point. On the other hand, the next set of chairs will include China and Cuba.
North Korea has chaired the Conference on Disarmament before. It didn’t become any less credible because when a body has zero credibility, it can’t possibly go down. And every single UN body and function has zero credibility. And so every new report like this is just a reminder that the UN is irreparable and that it should not be engaged with.
All you can do is nuke it from orbit, metaphorically if not literally.
The USSR hijacked the UN by filling it with a bunch of corrupt third-world countries along with its own murderous Communist allies. The UN never had a shot to begin with, but after that it just became the EU if it were dominated by warlords, drug cartels, and Communist dictatorships.