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Human rights organizations welcome US bid for UN council seat | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 02.04.2009
US President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that the United States will join the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that was derided by his predecessor as overly politicized and ineffective. 

As the latest step in Obama's "new era of engagement" with the global community, the move to run for a three-year term on the 47-member council at the next elections in May signals another major change in direction for the US under its new commander-in-chief.

 

The Bush administration refused to join the Geneva-based body out of protest that authoritarian states with poor human rights records were also allowed to become members, despite being the key driver behind the council's formation to replace its predecessor, the UN Human Rights Commission.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:00:49 PM EST
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I had a hilarious interaction regarding that news the other day.

I'm on Twitter, and I posted a link to the UNHRC news.

I'd forgotten that Josh Trevino (founder of Red State) was following me on Twitter, and like all wingnuts, you mention "UN" and they come unhinged.

He blasted me, spluttering something that I didn't quite get about how the UN is really actually anti-human rights and anti-free speech, using a link to a Reporters Without Borders story to bolster his case - and the link didn't have anything to do with that.

The funny part is that he doesn't give a rat's a@@ about "free speech" or anything else humans deserve, plus he's said nasty things about Reporters Without Borders before.

Logic is hard work for wingnuts.

by Plutonium Page (page dot vlinders at gmail dot com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 05:37:15 PM EST
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