The UN approved the new Human Rights Council with absolutely no mechanism to prevent the worst of the worst human rights abusers from sitting on the council. What's more, the members of the General assembled will vote on the 47 members of the council on May 9 by secret ballot so we will never know the cozy little side deals that go on to get the worst of the worst back on the new council.
Human Rights Watch criticized the US for holding up the process of forming the new council and didn't they just get their wish. What do they have to say about this.
Reed Brody - special counsel to the U.S.-based group, Human Rights Watch - says he hopes the new council will block undeserving countries from membership.
"I think the challenge now frankly is to prove the United States wrong," he says. "And, I think our challenge is to make the council as good as the United States would have liked to see the council be."
And maybe it will be for a few years, though I would not count on it. But really isn't hope the best way to ensure systems don't get abused. The UN is now officially a faith based bureaucracy.
Speaking of bureaucracy and human rights abusers and not giving a damn about anything Burma is enjoying a news blackout about the bird flu outbreak they recently admitted to experiencing, leaving farmers in the dark as to what to do or what might happen if they admit to having a sick flock. Loverly.