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Dictator friendly U.N. Human Rights Council welcomes Venezuela

Chavez addressing the UN General Assembly
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addressing the UN General Assembly

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The United Nations has now rewarded Venezuela’s systematic undermining of free expression, freedom of association, and the ability of its human rights groups to function by giving it a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. The announcement has initiated dissent against the U.N. and Venezuela’s dictatorial President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela will now join other countries on the hHuman Rights Council with questionable qualifications such as Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon and Pakistan.

Venezuela’s U.N. Ambassador Jorge Valero said Monday that “It’s important to emphasize that Venezuela has committed itself to defend the sovereignty and liberty of people.” This referred to Chavez’s support for countries like Syria and Cuba and not to how Venezuela treated its own people.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. called on the Obama administration to sever ties and cut off funding to the council.

“The Obama Administration should stop making excuses for the UN Human Rights Council, which remains as dictator-friendly as ever, despite three years of U.S. membership and funding,” Ros-Lehtinen said in July. “However you want to spin short-term tactical victories, the long-term trajectory of the Council is still pro-rogue regimes and anti-human rights.”

President Obama has yet to respond. However, under the previous administration aaccording to Fox News Latino:

Former President George W. Bush’s administration boycotted the council when it was established over its repeated criticism of Israel and its refusal to cite flagrant rights abuses in Sudan and elsewhere. But in 2009, then newly elected President Barack Obama sought to join the council saying the U.S. wanted to help make it more effective.

Read the full report at Fox News Latino.

Five months ago, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told the panel on Fox News channel’s “Special Report” that the U.N. “runs entirely on negligence, stupidity and malice.”


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