By Alan Caruba Sunday, January 5, 2014
I don’t write much about the United Nations because it is everything that it is not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be devoted to human rights and other noble and global aspirations. Instead it is a cesspool in which the worst of its member nations are sponsors of terror and other sins against mankind.
An article on Fox News reminded me of just how horrible, for the most part, the United Nations is despite its occasional usefulness. Anne Bayefsky writes extensively on the subject of human rights. She is a professor at York University, Toronto, Canada and an adjunct professor at Touro College in New York. She has been honored for her work and I rank her as one of the most impressive and important women on the international scene today. Her article took a look back at 2013 and what to expect in 2014.
Obama’s War on The First Amendment http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/obamas-war-on-the-first-amendment/
Obama’s War on The First Amendment
The fundamental transformation about which Barack Obama spoke during the 2008 campaign represents nothing less than a total rejection of all the values and traditions upon which the United States was founded, in particular, the first and perhaps the most sacred of our constitutional amendments:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive and inflammatory speech about Islam. It is a clear violation of the First Amendment right of free speech to use federal law to specifically protect Muslims from criticism.
But the Constitution and the rule of law are of no concern to Obama.
The assault by Killian on freedom of speech is consistent with the Obama’s long-term policy to protect and promote Islam by eroding the First Amendment, specifically, and the Constitution, in general. During its 2011 session, the United Nations Human Rights Council with the full support of the Obama Administration adopted Resolution 16/18, which called upon Western states to pass laws that would criminalize “defamation of religion” – i.e., criticism of Islam.
Obama Administration Calls On United Nations To Support Gay Rights ‘Human rights are the inalienable right of every person, no matter who they are or who they love,’ Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe says.
The move is the latest by Obama in support of gay rights.Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau March 23, 2011Reporting from Washington— The Obama administration Tuesday called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world.
“Human rights are the inalienable right of every person, no matter who they are or who they love,” Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. ambassador to the council in Geneva, said in a statement.
“The U.S. government is firmly committed to supporting the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to lead productive and dignified lives, free from fear and violence.”
The council has condemned human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity, including rape, torture and murder.”It is a really pressing issue globally that there continue to be killings on the basis of sexual orientation and persecution on that basis,” said Suzanne Nossel, deputy assistant secretary of State for international organization affairs.
“I think this will stimulate dialogue and increase recognition of the importance of the issue among governments.”
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IBD Editorials ^ | February 23, 2011 | StaffPosted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:49:42 PM by Kaslin
A madman slaughters his own people, and the U.N. does virtually nothing.The U.N. Human Rights Council still proudly lists Libya on its list of members, along with other unsavory rights violators like Cuba.By some estimates, Libya’s government has slaughtered upward of 1,000 people since street protests broke out last week.
You might think that this would bring swift, tough action by the U.N. Security Council, at least. But you’d be wrong. Council members China and Russia, egregious human-rights violators themselves, won’t censure Libya — just as they refused to say anything about Egypt, Tunisia or Yemen.Instead, as Patrick Goodenough of CNSNews.com put it, the Security Council’s press statement condemning violence against civilians in Libya was “the weakest option available to it, short of saying nothing.
“We’re left to ponder: Just what do you have to do to get kicked off the U.N. Human Rights Council?
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The World from The Hill: U.N. funding an early target for House Republicans ~ A key House Republican is quickly pressing forward with her goals to scale back U.S. funding for the United Nations…
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A key House Republican is quickly pressing forward with her goals to scale back U.S. funding for the United Nations.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Hill that oversight would be a key function of the panel, particularly funding to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) that is “a waste of taxpayer dollars.”
When the United Nations Human Rights Council, a conclave of 47 nations that includes such notorious human rights violators as China, Cuba, Libya and Saudi Arabia, meets in Geneva on Friday, its attentions will be focused on the human rights failings of a country called the United States.
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By their fruits we shall know them, and so we know them. This is who and what the Democrats are. They are at war with the American people.
It was Obama and Hillary, his Secretary of State, who reported the American people to the most egregious abusers of basic human rights, the UN ‘Human Rights” Council, which includes Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Libya, Angola, Mauritania, Qatar, and Malaysia. Child slavery, anyone?This is the first time ever that the US is facing scrutiny from the evil forces of the UN Human Rights Council. Thank you, Obama.
More proof that he is either an America-hater or a madman.Seven countries accused of human rights violations, including Libya, Angola and Malaysia, won seats on the UN Human Rights Council…… [...]All 14 countries easily topped the 97 votes required from the 192-member world body. Libya, which currently holds the presidency of the General Assembly, received the lowest number of votes — 155 — while Angola got 170 and Malaysia 179.In addition to these three countries, human rights groups criticized the poor rights records of Thailand, Uganda, Mauritania and Qatar which also won seats.The seven other countries that won seats were Maldives, Ecuador, Guatemala, Spain, Switzerland, Moldova and Poland.America is under attack from within at the highest levels of power.
Barack Hussein Obama’s policies are bringing America to her knees. With a consistency that can only come from deeply held conviction, Barack Hussein Obama is damaging the office of the presidency and compromising American sovereignty.
Nine years ago this week, we began to chant: “We never will forget 9/11.”Nine years later, I think too many of us have forgotten, especially those in the White House.Islamic extremists murdered almost 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11.
Who would have believed that within a decade of that tragic event, we’d have a president who believes, according to his own 2009 Cairo confession and creed, that it is part of his “responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear”? Not to mention his mission to fight for the new mosque near ground zero!
In Part 1 of this series, I began to demonstrate how President Barack Obama is using his special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, to “deepen and expand the partnerships that the United States has pursued with Muslims around the world since President Obama’s speech in Cairo.”
In Part 2, I detailed President Obama’s real spiritual beliefs based upon a rare in-depth interview by a religious reporter for a major newspaper publication, including his beliefs about prayer, sin, heaven, the Bible and Jesus.
In Part 3, I explained how President Obama categorically has been prejudicial in his treatment against Christians and Christianity in comparison with Muslims and Islam.
In Part 4 here, I will not only expand on that case but also show how the Obama administration has changed course in just this past year regarding passing anti-First Amendment defamation of religion resolutions, exclusively benefiting Islam and its proliferation while again abandoning the principles in the U.S. Constitution.
In October 2009, the White House rightly opposed the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s an intergovernmental body of 56 Muslim countries push for the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution that would broadly condemn the defamation of religion or the defamation of Islam, because it would plunder Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech.Hypocritically, however, as The Heritage Foundation reported, at the same time that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was publicly repudiating that U.N. Human Rights Council resolution, on Oct. 2, 2009, the Obama administration’s “delegation to the 12th session of the council and OIC-member Egypt co-sponsored a resolution on freedom of opinion and expression that contains the essential elements of the resolutions on ‘defamation of religions’ that the U.S. opposed in the past.”
But Hillary has truly been initiated into the club now that she directly attacks Governor Jan Brewer and the State of Arizona in the first-ever American Universal Periodic Review submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Hillary has outdone herself in the malice of the Obama administration. Her conscience has been laid to rest at the foot of the power throne.
That the United States would ever find itself pandering to some of the most despotic countries in the world, that the president of the U.S. would deliberately prostitute American interests to the international bullies of the universe, is a new level of malevolence this administration demonstrates towards the American people.
CNS NewsWednesday, September 1, 2010CNSNews.com –
Sheriff Larry Dever, whose officers patrol Cochise County along the border between Arizona and Mexico, said he finds it “amazing” that the U.S. State Department would refer the recently passed immigration law in his state to the United Nations Human Rights Council for review.
“Well, it’s just amazing to me,” Dever told CNSNews.com. “Course, I have about as much regard for the U.N. as I do the vermin that hides in the rocks around my house here and reaches out and tries to bite me every now and then.”The Bush administration refused to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing lax membership criteria that allowed countries with poor human rights records to sit on the council, including countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, Tunisia and Egypt.
Under the administration of Barack Hussein Obama, the United States submitted its first ever “Universal Periodic Review UPR report” to the United Nations. This is the first time in the history of the United Nations that the U.S. has submitted a report to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, which is the first step in submitting the United States to international review by some of the most repressive and abusive nations in the world.
The 29-page report can be read here.The report is the product of about a dozen conferences held across the U.S. between January and April 2010. The participants of these conferences featured such luminaries as Stephen Rickard and Wendy Patten, from George Soros’ Open Society Institute; Devon Chaffee, Human Rights First; Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch; Imad Hamad a suspected member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLP, a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Dawud Walid, Council American Islamic Relations; Nabih Ayad, Michigan Civil Rights Commission; Ron Scott, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; Osama Siblani, Arab American News; Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights and Cynthia Soohoo, Center for Reproductive Rights, among others.