Thanks to the Obama administration, the United Nations is prepared to judge American “human rights violations” tomorrow in Geneva. And human rights violators are lining up to testify against the United States.
Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran have lined up to criticize the Land of the Free during a three-hour hearing before the UN Human Rights Council scheduled for tomorrow in Geneva. The “universal periodic review” hearing – which is presided over by a troika of nations including France, Japan, and Cameroon – sets aside two hours for criticism by foreign nations. According to UN sources, Cuba began aggressively lobbying its allies to take America down a peg during the proceedings.
Other nations that have expressed a desire to speak out include North Korea, China, Libya, Egypt, and Russia.
Zohreh Elahian, a member of Iran’s UN delegation, said the motley crew of witnesses intends “to declare their criticisms of the U.S. policies in area of human rights.” The Great Satan’s insistence that it sets the standard on human rights “redoubled the importance” of their testimony, he added.
In unrelated news, Iran’s foreign minister announced today the government had made “no final decision” on whether to stone to death Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two accused of adultery. They are considering hanging her instead.
In addition to foreign testimony, this troika will consider reports written about America from UN tribunals or international governing bodies, hear testimony from NGOs with a pronounced anti-American bias, and consider “voluntary pledges and commitments made by” the United States. Then the French, Japanese, and Cameroon diplomats will draw up a plan of action for the United States to implement.
The Obama administration’s first-ever report on U.S. human rights to the UN Human Rights Council is a groveling blueprint for socialism that includes references to such alleged human rights deficiencies as Arizona’s immigration law and the absence of card-check union representation, same-sex “marriage,” universal preschool, and “freedom from want.”
Compare that with this eyewitness description of Iran’s Kihrizak prison. After last summer’s peaceful protests against Iran’s stolen presidential election, Iranian police herded “at least 200 people in one room, and everyone was getting beatings with sticks…The walls were all bloody.” The police allegedly turned off the lights to thrash the protesters for half-an-hour in pitch black. Among those killed was Mohsen Rouhalamini, the nine-year-old son of an adviser to one of Ahmadinejiad’s opponents. The regime later tried some of the protesters for “sending pictures to enemy media.”
The human rights violators are not confined to the witnesses; at least one of the judges is equally guilty. One of the members of the three-nation panel to sit in judgment on the United States is Cameroon, an African nation with a rapidly growing Muslim population that is guilty of such human rights abuses as torture, suppression of the press, child labor, and female genital mutilation.
This is of no importance to Barack Obama, who is buoyed by his outreach to the “international community,” the praise he will receive for cleaning up the human rights records of America B.B.O. (Before Barack Obama) – and most of all for the international pressure the report will bring on his domestic political enemies.