Tuesday, March 22, 2016

22-Mar-16: Speaking human rights truth to power at UNHRC

The Human Rights Council in Geneva
[Image Source: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré]
Kay Wilson had two minutes to speak to an assembly of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday (Monday). Here's the text, slightly modified from an article on the Israel National News website today, and a video below it.
I’m Kay Wilson, an Israeli Jewish tour guide and educator for StandWithUs. In December 2010, I was gagged, bound and held at knife-point for half an hour by two Palestinian terrorists, then butchered 13 times with a machete while watching my American Christian friend, Kristine Luken, hacked to death before my eyes because her executioners thought she was Jewish. The United Nations Human Rights Council immorally whitewashes terrorism as helplessness and frustration. As a survivor, I know that to be shackled in perpetual victimhood is not kind, helpful, moral or true. Personally, I’ve not also taken out my frustrations by holding Arabs hostage, tying them up and hacking them to death. Through the likes of their social media and educational institutions, the Palestinian Authority incites people to believe that Jews are unworthy of life. The incentive: American and European taxpayers’ money given to the Palestinian Authority, who rewards incarcerated murderers with monthly execution stipends.
Avoiding duty, and with pathological bias, you blame Israel, a Jewish democratic state of thriving coexistence, in which an Israeli Arab Muslim surgeon saved my life. Gagged with prejudice, bound with bigotry or held hostage by hate, and ineffective to do the goodness that will enhance people’s lives, may this council be set free, liberated to embrace both the integrity and impartiality needed to make our region a better place.
Here's the two minute video:

We have had reason to comment in the past on how Kay "passionately and articulately walks her audience through the before, the during and the after of being murdered - and surviving." See our post: "16-Jun-15: Kay Wilson's revenge". Also this: "30-Dec-13: Pretend walls, twisted messages: praising evil, condemning the innocents". 

The UNHCR defines its role as being
responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them [UNHCR website]
Around the globe might be an extravagant way of describing its actual focus. Since UNHCR's creation in 2006, it had managed to condemn one country, Israel, 62 times; that's more resolutions condemning Israel than the rest of the world combined [source]. The council's monthly agenda includes one specific item - what it terms the “human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied territories” - every single month. That makes it the only region in the world getting that kind of attention. How well this safeguards "human rights around the globe" is a mystery.

Its membership is currently Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, China, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Viet Nam.

Ponder the list as you note that, in the UNHCR's own words, the members
are elected by the majority of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations through direct and secret ballot. The General Assembly takes into account the candidate States’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.
Note also that Saudi Arabia, a chronic abuser of human rights, a place where 47 people were judicially beheaded in a single day some weeks ago, a seat-holder at the UNHCR because of a secret vote-fixing deal with the United Kingdom, and (absurdly) the elected head of UNHRC's Consultative Group, sees itself as the UNHCR's next president and no one within the organization seems to see that as a bitter joke.

And a reminder to all of us that the very most basic of human rights is the right to stay alive.

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