Genocidal Sudanese regime's appointment to UN human rights council all but certain, watchdog says
By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published August 08, 2012
July 15, 2012: Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attends the
African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Officials at UN Watch
are calling on UN officials to denounce Sudan's candidacy for a seat on
its Human Rights Council. (AP)
The election of a Sudanese warlord accused of genocide to the
United Nations Human Rights Council is now virtually guaranteed, since
he has the full backing of the world body's African delegation.
The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for Omar
Al-Bashir -- its first ever for a sitting head of state -- for crimes
against humanity he allegedly committed in Darfur. Yet, his regime is
set to take its place on the panel, in the latest bizarre appointment to
make a mockery of the UN's human rights credibility, according to
It's like putting “Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
Neuer's Geneva-based group is calling on UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights Navi Pillay to denounce election of the war-torn North
African nation to the 47-member body. Sudan is not technically on the
panel, but its election is a certainty because only five African nations
are vying for the continent's five seats.
Membership to the Council is open to all member states and secret-ballot elections are held every year, according to a UN website.
Upon election, states serve three-year terms and are not eligible for
immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.
"Shockingly, the fact is that Sudan’s election is now a virtual certainty.”- Hillel Neuer, UN Watch
Candidates within the UN’s African Group, which has five vacant
seats, include Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Sudan. The
candidacies of Venezuela and Pakistan are also being protested by UN
Watch and other human rights groups.
U.S. officials also blasted the development.
"Sudan, a consistent human rights violator, does not meet the
Council’s own standards for membership," said Kurtis Cooper, deputy
spokesman for the United States Mission to the United Nations. "It would
be inappropriate for Sudan to have a seat on the Council while the
Sudanese head of State is under International Criminal Court indictment
for war crimes in Darfur and the government of Sudan continues to use
violence to inflame tensions along its border with South Sudan."
Mark Lagon, a visiting professor at Georgetown University and a
former U.S. State Department official, said Al-Bashir’s regime fomented
genocide in Darfur and has since returned to terrorizing innocent people
in South Sudan.
“It lacks credibility to judge others, and the Council lacks it too with it as a Member,” Lagon told FoxNews.com in an email.
Neuer said Pillay, a South African, should be a “moral voice” and
urge other African nations to call for “unequivocal opposition to
Sudan’s scandalous” bid for the election that will add 18 member nations
“Just a year after the human rights council sought to exorcise the
ghosts of its past by suspending Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya — which
infamously chaired the body in 2003, and was reelected a member in 2010 —
it is now set to replace him with a tyrant wanted for genocide by the
International Criminal Court. For how long must we have the inmates
running the asylum?”
Neuer said the reputation of the former human rights commission “never recovered” from making Libya its chair in 2003.
“The UN and the cause of human rights will be severely damaged if and when Al-Bashir’s Sudanese regime wins a seat,” he said.
In its first-ever arrest warrant
issued for a sitting head of state by the UN International Crimes Court
(ICC) in 2009, al-Bashir was accused of intentionally directing attacks
in western Sudan’s Darfur region by “murdering, exterminating, raping,
torturing and forcibly transferring” large numbers of civilians.
The “unlawful” campaign allegedly started soon after the April 2003
attack on El Fasher airport — as a result of agreements between
Al-Bashir and other high-ranking Sudanese leaders — and lasted until at
least July 2008. The warrant of arrests lists seven counts, including
five counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of war crimes.
The recent UN process seemingly favors rogue states, including Iran, Zimbabwe and Syria:
—Just last month, Iran was elected to the deputy president role of a
15-member board aiming to thrash out a UN arms trade treaty, despite
multiple UN sanctions against the Islamic republic regarding its nuclear
defiance and human rights abuses.
—In May, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was appointed as a UN
tourism envoy for a major UN conference despite allegations of ethnic
cleansing and rigged elections by the 88-year-old who has led the
southern African nation for more than three decades.
—Syria was elected to a United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) human rights committee last fall, despite
the ongoing crackdown on opposition protests by Bashar al-Assad’s
regime that has reportedly claimed more than 21,000 lives in just 17
When electing states to the council, members are asked to consider
the “contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human
rights” and voluntary pledges in that regard, according to a UN
“Upon election, new members commit themselves to cooperating with the
Council and to upholding the highest standards in the promotion and
protection of human rights,” the website reads. “Members of the Council
are reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism during their
term of membership.”
Any member that commits “gross and systematic violations” of human
rights can be suspended by a two-thirds majority vote by the General
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