Where is the United Nations Human Rights Council? As the Libyan government deploys tanks, helicopter gunships and military aircraft against its own people, many are asking this question, including United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. In a statement issued on Tuesday Ms. Pillay — whose office is separate from the council itself — denounced the “callousness” of the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and stated that she expected the council to call a special session and support the call for an international inquiry.
The UNHRC’s thundering silence might be explained, of course, by the fact that it counts Libya as a member. Bahrain, China, Cuba, India, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and 10 other Islamic states occupy nearly half of its 47 seats. Convening a special session requires the endorsement of 16 countries; since the UNHRC’s African and Middle Eastern members tend to vote as a block, it is small wonder that the organization has yet to act on the violence in Libya...As we know, the human rats (sic) organization has far bigger, i.e. far smaller, fish to gefilte.
Update: But wait--it gets better:
Libya remains on the United Nations Human Rights Council as it continues to pay mercenaries and use tanks, planes and helicopters to massacre hundreds of protesters.Best of luck with that one, Jews.
The American Jewish Committee has called on the United Nations to suspend Libya from the rights panel, which has targeted Israel in virtually all of its resolutions condemning abuses of civil rights.