June 30, 2007
I am a writer. But no matter what my profession happened to be, I trust that I would still be moved to applaud Tim Rutten's thoughts on Salman Rushdie and those calling for violence against him. ("Where Is the West's Outcry?" June 23.) It is the person who threatens the right of free speech who is society's enemy, not the woman or man who would exercise that right. To remain silent in the face of such patent barbarism is shameful indeed. PERRIN MUIR Silver Lake THE United Nations Human Rights Council condones "state punishment of speech that governments deem as insulting to religion," British public schools decide not to mention the Holocaust in their textbooks and classrooms for fear of offending their Muslim students, and the mainstream American media once again abdicate their duty to protect the right of free speech under any and all circumstances when they fail to register the reissuing of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.
March 12, 2009
Re "Obama's diplomacy test," editorial, March 9 The Bush administration gave up on the Durban II conference process entirely. President Obama sent a salvage operation team that quickly revealed that the opportunity already had been lost. There weren't any willing partners to refocus the conference on fighting racism, xenophobia and intolerance. And so the president made the hard but right choice: The U.S. should not associate itself with this effort to vilify Israel and to undermine human rights standards.
February 26, 2011
Something odd happened Friday in Geneva: The United Nations Human Rights Council, derided by conservatives and liberal human rights advocates alike as a toothless and sometimes hypocritical organ, actually did the right thing. For the first time ever, it voted to expel one of its members for committing atrocities. That member was Libya, whose tyrannical leader, Moammar Kadafi, has reportedly ordered soldiers and armed mercenaries to slaughter those protesting his regime. The decision on Libya's suspension now goes to the General Assembly.
May 18, 2009
The Obama administration says it is committed to protecting human rights and supporting multilateral institutions, and the decision to seek a place on the United Nations Human Rights Council was a step in that direction. We are pleased that the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly last week to seat the United States on the council for the first time since its creation in 2006. The council was set up to replace the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which was ineffective.
June 22, 2007
SCORE ONE FOR the torturers, ethnic cleansers and despots. The new and improved United Nations Human Rights Council, which was created to replace the widely discredited Human Rights Commission, has after a year in existence proved to be nearly as worthless as its predecessor. The council met this week in Geneva to draft rules on how to conduct its work.
September 11, 2013 |
Summary executions, torture, hostage-taking and indiscriminate shelling of civilian homes are among the war crimes committed by both sides in the Syrian conflict, a special investigative panel of the United Nations Human Rights Council reported Wednesday. The report, based on 258 interviews with survivors of the violence and refugees from Syria, warned of a frightening escalation in recent months of acts in defiance of international law. Eight of nine investigated massacres in which the perpetrators could be reliably identified were blamed on government forces under Syrian President Bashar Assad, the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry said.