Tuesday, March 01, 2011

"Palestine praised the country for the Great Green Document on Human Rights"

As UN Watch points out, the UN Human Rights Council report praising Libya's human rights record is still scheduled to be adopted in a few weeks. The full report is still available on the OHCHR website. Individual member-countires of the Human Rights Council get to make separate statements praising Libya's human rights record. As Snoopy the Goon points out, these include "Iran, Algeria, Qatar, Sudan, The Syrian Arab Republic, North Korea, Bahrain, Palestine, Iraq, Saudi Arabia," a veritable who's who of human rights predators. Let's savor the statement from "Palestine," shall we?
35. Palestine commended the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for the consultations held with civil society in the preparation of the national report, which demonstrated its commitment to the improved enjoyment of human rights. Palestine praised the country for the Great Green Document on Human Rights. It noted the establishment of the national independent institution entrusted with promoting and protecting human rights, which had many of the competencies set out in the Paris Principles. It also noted the interaction of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya with human rights mechanisms.
There you have it, the ripe stench of something that renders the word "hypocrisy" inadequate. It closely resembles the total inversion of reality one meets in the government-controlled news agencies of repressive regimes. This should, but probably won't, be a scandal.

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