The UN Human Rights Council

In an op-ed piece published in the New York Times yesterday (www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/opinion/11/havel.html), Vaclac Havel, former President of the Czech Republic who led the effort throw of the yoke of communist tyranny in his country, railed against the conditions surrounding the upcoming elections for the UN Human Rights Council, a body which is supposed to oppose human rights abuses and protect victims of those crimes.  The elections will be virtually uncontested, and states that egregiously violate human rights such as China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia will have seats on the council.

Havel does a nice job of pointing out the farcical nature of the UN Human Rights Council, and his article is definitely worth reading.

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