The Moral Bankruptcy of the U.N. Human Rights Commission

by | May 7, 2004

The re-election of Sudan to the U.N. Human Rights Commission–chaired by terrorist-sponsoring Libya in 2003–demonstrates once again the total moral bankruptcy of the United Nations. The list of atrocities and violations of human rights in Sudan is endless. As Human Rights Watch reported this week, “The Sudanese government is complicit in crimes…” including the “killing, […]

The re-election of Sudan to the U.N. Human Rights Commission–chaired by terrorist-sponsoring Libya in 2003–demonstrates once again the total moral bankruptcy of the United Nations.

The list of atrocities and violations of human rights in Sudan is endless. As Human Rights Watch reported this week, “The Sudanese government is complicit in crimes…” including the “killing, raping and looting of African civilians.” More evidence on the nature of Sudan’s government is that children “as young as 9 years old” are “forcibly recruited” to fight a civil war that has “resulted in the death of 2 million persons.”

According to the U.S. Department of State, “female genital mutilation,” usually “performed on girls between the ages of 4 and 7,” is “widespread” in Sudan. To this day in Sudan, “slavery persists, particularly affecting women and children.”

Outraged at Sudan’s election to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, the U.S. delegation walked out of the meeting–just as it did a year ago after the election of totalitarian Cuba to the same commission.

America’s continuing participation in the United Nations, an organization that protects and serves as a forum for the bloodiest dictatorships and terrorist regimes in the world, is a sanction of evil that runs contrary to America’s self-interest. If the United States has any respect left for human rights, it should follow the example of its delegation and walk out of the United Nations.

Cartoon by Cox and Forkum.

David Holcberg, a former civil engineer and businessman, is now a writer living in Southern California. He is a former writer for the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, Calif. The Institute promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

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