Earlier this month, we learned that Syria had been nominated to a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Now, we can all relish the thought of Sudan also being up for a seat on the Council. That’s right, Sudan — run by Omar al-Bashir, a man indicted in the International Criminal Court for genocide, and the person most directly responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur.
The candidacies of Syria and Sudan will now go for a vote before the General Assembly as a closed slate – meaning the General Assembly will have to vote all members of the slate up or down as a group. No closed slate has ever been rejected by the General Assembly and UN watchers don’t expect this one to be. Which means Syria (currently killing its own people by the thousands) and Sudan (which spent the past decade killing its own people by the hundreds of thousands) will probably spend the next three years sitting in judgment of human rights abuses of free, open, democratic societies like…you guessed it…Israel.
The U.S., to our credit, has opposed the nominations of Syria and Sudan to the Human Rights Council (although, if you look at a list of the countries on the Council, it’s rather clear that they fit in much better than we do with other Council members). But it really is well past time that the Obama Administration do the only honorable thing and withdraw our participation in this rogue’s gallery of human rights abusers.