Defund the UN: Human Rights Abusers Likely to Join the UN Human Rights Council

On October 13, 2020, the U.N. General Assembly will carry out elections for 15 seats on the 47-nation Human Rights Council for three-year terms starting on January 1, 2021.

The United Nations Human Rights Watch called on member countries not to vote for China and Saudi Arabia, some of the more prolific human rights abusers, for seats on the Human Rights Council. Additionally, it cited Russia’s various war crimes in Syria as to why it should not be elected.

“It’s not good for human rights or for the rights council when the worst rights violators get elected,” Charbonneau remarked. “Fortunately, even the most abusive governments have been unable to stop the council from shining a light on rights violations around the world, though not for lack of trying. That’s grounds for hope.”

“Serial rights abusers should not be rewarded with seats on the Human Rights Council,” declared Louis Charbonneau, the UN director at Human Rights Watch. “China and Saudi Arabia have not only committed massive rights violations at home, but they have tried to undermine the international human rights system they’re demanding to be a part of.”

Hillel Neuer, the Executive Director of UN Watch, expressed similar thoughts about the UN in a recent tweet. He tweeted, “One week from tomorrow, these will be the world’s judges of human rights at the United Nations. I’m trying to stop the world’s worst human rights abusers from being elected, but not a single European Union country will say or do a thing. Our new report:

In the Twitter post, are pictures of the leaders of China (Xi Jinping), Cuba (Raúl Castro), Pakistan (Imran Khan), Russia, (Vladimir Putin) and Saudi Arabia (Mohammed bin Salman), Venezuela (Nicólas Maduro).

The U.S. currently funds the UN to the tune of $10 billion dollars. For an institution that cares very little about American freedoms, the UN does not merit additional money given to it. In fact, the U.S. should withdraw all funding from the UN.

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