United Nations to Sit in Judgment of U.S. Human Rights Record


This is from CNSNews.

The United Nations can go to Hell.

They United Nations has zero credibility.

( – From police shootings of African-Americans to the failure to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the United States’ human rights record will be in the spotlight at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.

A 26-strong multi-agency U.S. delegation will field questions from other members of the Geneva-based council, including communist Cuba, which has submitted queries covering torture, labor rights and poverty.

“How is the U.S. commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights compatible with the fact no prosecutions have been announced of those responsible for carrying out torture in the context of the so-called war against terrorism?” reads one of the questions Cuba prepared in advance.

A number of other countries will be asking the U.S. team to explain policy on issues including the death penalty, Guantanamo Bay, ratification of the International Criminal Court’s founding statute, and the Feinstein report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation and detention programs.

Spain’s prepared questions relate to the controversies over police shootings in U.S. cities.

“Is the government preparing any education program for the police to prevent discrimination and violence against the Afro-American citizens by the public order forces?” it asks. “Are the president and the Congress going to appoint a special commission to investigate police actions against minorities, including Afro-American citizens?”

The exercise in Geneva is known as the universal periodic review (UPR), an examination supervised by the HRC which every U.N. member-state is expected to undergo every four years.

It involves a three-hour “interactive dialogue” among delegates, based on three reports – one prepared by the government under review, one by U.N. agencies, and one that summarizes submissions from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

After the discussion a “troika” of randomly-selected countries compiles a document containing recommendations arising from the proceedings. The full HRC then “adopts” that document, and the country under review is expected either to accept or “note” each recommendation.

The troika selected for the UPR of the U.S. comprises Saudi Arabia – a country which the democracy watchdog Freedom House designates as “not free” – the Netherlands and Botswana.

The UPR was touted as one of the most important mechanisms designed for the HRC when the council was established in 2006 to replace its discredited predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

In practice, it has often disappointed human rights advocates. Regimes with poor rights records typically express support and solidarity for each other, while fending off criticism from democracies.

And when democracies are under review, rights-abusing regimes have used the opportunity as payback for criticism they frequently receive from the West.


When the U.S. had its first UPR, in 2010-11, critics of U.S. policies stacked the top of the speakers’ list, with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran in the top three positions. Russia, Nicaragua, North Korea, China and Libya were also high up the list.

Among recommendations arising out of that first UPR, Libya’s Gaddafi regime advised the U.S. to act against those responsible for gross violations of human rights in American prisons; Iran said Washington should send U.S. “war criminals” to the ICC for trial; and North Korea urged the U.S. to ban torture and punish law enforcement officials who use excessive force.

Venezuela said the U.S. must tackle climate change; Algeria said the U.S. must examine itself in the annual State Department report on human rights around the world; and Ecuador said the U.S. should repeal “discriminatory and racial laws” such as Arizona’s controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070.

In the end the U.S. accepted 171 recommendations out of a total of 242 from other member-states.

The delegation traveling to Geneva for Monday’s session comprises 25 officials from the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, along with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.




Bowe Bergdahl’s former platoon mate: ‘Absolute disgrace’ if he receives honorable discharge

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This is from The Washington Times.

If Bergdahl walks away with an honorable discharge it would be a slap in the face to every man and woman that has honorably and never deserter.

The only thing Bergdahl deserves is being shot for desertion and buried in an umarked grave.×9&widgetId=2&trackingGroup=69017


Three former platoon mates of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared on “The Kelly File” Thursday night and cringed at the thought that he would strike a plea deal and possibly receive an honorable discharge.

Fox’s Megyn Kelly interviewed former team leader Evan Buetow, Josh Cornelison and Cody Full, who feared that a plea deal by Sgt. Bergdahl would deny them a chance to hear what was going through his head at the time of his disappearance.

“I want it to go to a trial because I believe if he pleas we won’t ever get to hear what happened. It’s selfish of me, but I want to hear from him why he did what he did. […] It’s something we’ve lived with for so long,” Mr. Buetow said.

Mr. Cornelison told the Fox host that if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was given an honorable discharge, then it would be like spitting in the face of those who serve, Mediaite reported Thursday.

“I think that he should be prosecuted to the full extent that the [Uniform Code of Military Justice] will allow. […] I think that if Bowe Bergdahl gets out with an honorable discharge, it’s an absolute disgrace,” Mr. Cornelison said.

Fellow platoon mate Cody Full added that it was upsetting to see how the White House first handled the sergeant’s rescue.

“They paraded his parents out in a Rose Garden ceremony […] and basically called him a hero when they knew that wasn’t true,” Mr. Full said.

Sgt. Bergdahl disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban. He was held for five years before the Obama administration secured his release. Five top Taliban commanders were freed from Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to complete the deal.

“In the beginning of my captivity, after my first two escape attempts, for about three months I was chained to a bed spread-eagle and blindfolded,” the 28-year-old soldier wrote Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

If convicted of desertion, Sgt. Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison. His “misbehavior before the enemy” charge could result in a life sentence, AP reported.

“This is a hellish environment he was kept in for nearly five years, particularly after he did his duty in trying to escape. There is no question in my mind that a convening authority would not be doing his or her duty without taking into account the circumstances under which Sgt. Berhdahl was held,” said the soldier’s lawyer, Eugene Fidell, AP reported.

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