The United Nations …

… fails again.

I see in a Reuters report that “China and Russia were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, but support for Beijing dropped by more than 20 percent compared with a 2016 vote and Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to win a seat on the Geneva-based body … [and] … The 193-member U.N. General Assembly also elected Ivory Coast, Gabon, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, France and Britain to the 47-member council. Senegal, Nepal, Pakistan, Ukraine and Mexico were re-elected for a second three-year term. Council members cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.

As the report explains, “Candidates are elected by secret ballot in geographical groups to ensure even representation.” This guarantees that some of the most cruel and corrupt regimes in the whole world have a better chance of being elected to UN bodies than do say, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway.

The Asia-Pacific group, which included Saudi Arabia, was the only competitive race on Tuesday with five candidates vying for four seats … [and Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau said, very correctly, that] … “Saudi Arabia’s failure to win a seat on the Human Rights Council is a welcome reminder of the need for more competition in U.N. elections. Had there been additional candidates, China, Cuba and Russia might have lost too.”

The United Nations is a good idea and the current body is better than nothing but Canada (and America, Australia, Britain, many European countries, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and others) should be pressing for reform and withholding funding from many, many UN agencies including the Human Rights Council.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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