United Nations Human Rights Council

UK muscles up against UN over Israel as well

The UK has muscled up against the UN over Israel as well now.

The push back is harsh, Breitbart reports:

As long as?Israel remains a standing agenda item at the United Nations and??Syria?s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis? the UK will vote down any attempt to debate the future of the Jewish State.

This warning was made on Friday at the 31st session?of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) by the UK mission in Geneva. It came as the UNHCR debated?Israel?s conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories.

In its history, the UNHCR?has condemned Israel more often than any other of the 192 UN states. Comparative totals after Friday?s session in Geneva?tell the story: Israel ? 78 resolutions and decisions, Syria ? 29, North Korea ? 9, and Iran ? 6. As for Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China, there?s nothing at all.

While it made clear its ?serious concerns about the growth in illegal demolitions and settlement activity? and said the UK stood ?shoulder to shoulder with the international community? in support of a two-state solution, the UK mission?added the council?s ?unacceptable pattern of bias? as evidenced by the sheer number of motions condemning the Jewish state would only make the goal harder to achieve.

The statement continued:

?The trend of Israeli conduct in the occupied Palestinian territories over the past year has been negative.

?But we must also recognise the continuing terrorism, incitement and violence that Israel faces. Renewed Hamas efforts to rebuild their tunnels are a grave concern. The scourge of anti-Semitic incitement and glorification of terrorism continue.

?And yet neither ?terrorism? nor ?incitement? were a focus of this week?s council discussions and resolutions. This is not acceptable.?

The mission also questioned why Israel was still a standing agenda item while ?Syria?s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis?.

Friday?s vote marked a reversal of previous UK efforts to isolate Israel from the international community.

Good to see that the UK and the USA are using veto powers now for what they were intended…to stop bullying against small nations by vested interests.

 

– Breitbart

US tells UN Human Rights Council to reform or they are gone

Another of Trump’s promises is coming to fruition.

The US has told the UN Human Rights Council to reform or they are gone…and presumably their funding goes too.

Foreign Policy reports:

Trump administration is threatening a withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council if it does not undertake ?considerable reform,? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned a group of nine non-profit organizations in a letter this?week. ? Read more »

The Greens want us to oppose Australia’s bid for a seat on the UNHRC

The Green Party want us to oppose Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Most of their reasoning is on the?basis that Australia is treating detainees poorly.

NZ UN Monitor says this is wrong and explains why we should be supporting Australia not boycotting them.

The New Zealand government was urged?to speak out against alleged Australian human rights breaches during the standard four-yearly periodic United Nations review of Australia?s human rights record held at the UN earlier this week. At the same time, New Zealand?s Green Party also urged the government not to support Australia?s upcoming bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The Green Party is wrong on this issue. New Zealand should welcome and unequivocally support Australia?s bid for a seat on the UNHRC, even while does in fact speak up at the UN in relation to Australia?s human rights record.

Australia?s human rights record at home, and reputation for seeking to uphold international human rights, is far superior to, and cannot possibly be compared with, that of other UNHRC members such as Saudi Arabia, a country that beheaded more people than Islamic State this year, or Togo and Ethiopia, countries that restrict the press and punish homosexuals, or Burundi, where an authoritarian government restricts freedom of speech, or UAE, where political dissidents are tortured, or Kyrgyzstan, where there is impunity for violence against LGBT citizens, or Laos, where the government mocked a damning UN review, or Pakistan, where?extrajudicial killings and discrimination against minority religions are common, or even Ecuador, where news reports are interrupted by government censors, and Venezuela, where government corruption is rampant.

Having Australia on the UNHRC will provide a counterbalance to these more concerning and hypocritical state appointments.

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Continue or Abort? You Decide

From the IDF Blog:

Last year, the IDF set out on a mission to stop Hamas aggression against Israeli civilians. One of our major challenges was that Hamas? chose to embed its vast terror network deep within Gaza?s population. The terror organization hid weapons in schools and mosques, fired rockets from hospitals and dug terror tunnels under homes.

When a weapons storage facility or launching pad must be targeted, but suddenly civilians appear in the area, you are faced with a serious dilemma. If you fire at the target, you may harm civilians nearby. If you don?t, you may be leaving Israeli civilians at risk.

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Killer Robot Drones are Awesome

Drone?technology?is awesome, that is unless you are a terrorist having a little visit from a Hellfire missile.

But opposition is hotting up, and predictably it is the woofters at the UN who are agitating the most. Foreign Policy has a list of the killer drones.

With the United Nations Human Rights Council debating the development of lethal robots at its meeting in Geneva today, Human Rights Watch is?ramping up?its campaign to get world governments to?preemptively ban the use of killer robots?that can decide to attack a target without consulting their human controllers first. Despite the fact that the Pentagon has?said thatU.S. drones will not be able to fire weapons without “appropriate” levels of human control, HRW worries that battlefield necessity will do away with such voluntary restrictions.

“While a positive step, [DOD’s policy on lethal drones] is not a comprehensive or permanent solution to the potential problems posed by fully autonomous systems,” reads a May 28 Human Rights Watch statement. “The policy of self-restraint it embraces may also be hard to sustain if other nations begin to deploy fully autonomous weapons systems.”? Read more »

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