“UN’s failure on Libya Exposes its hypocrisy on Human Rights”

Huffington PostAlan Elsner strongly criticizes the UN security council’s response to the events in the Middle East. The Security Council said nothing in response to the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain, apparently after objections by Russia and China.

And even in response to the alarming situation in Libya, the Council has convened around a Presidential statement, which does not quite carry as much weight as a resolution.

Elsner compares this to last year, when Israel intercepted a Turkish flotilla on its way to break the embargo of Gaza. After this incident, the Security Council was quick to respond, launching its own investigation resulting in a 56 page report that accused Israel of violating human rights and international humanitarian law.

This, says Elsner, makes its response to Libya seem “particularly spineless”.

Read the article here.

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11 Responses to “UN’s failure on Libya Exposes its hypocrisy on Human Rights”

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  3. Ian says:

    A bit rich for American media to complain about Russia and China making the UN ineffective, when the Americans have all but destroyed the UN’s credibility by constantly blocking any criticism of Israel (let alone enforcement of UN resolutions). Are American journalists really so clueless about their own country’s disastrous track record at the UN?

    • Heather says:

      Unfortunatly so

    • ChrisinMB says:

      It’s a bit rich that you disregard all other facts within the article, ignoring the current issue in Libya, just to take a cheap swipe at the US and Israel.

    • Craig says:

      …when the Americans have all but destroyed the UN’s credibility by constantly blocking any criticism of Israel (let alone enforcement of UN resolutions).

      The UN bases its “credibility” on condemnations of Israel? Are you trying to be funny? If you totaled every alleged human rights violation Israel has ever committed into a single indictment, it would be dwarfed by Saddam Hussein’s violations in ONE DAY. It’s you bastard Europeans who have destroyed the UN’s credibility by insisting on blasting Israel day after day year after year to the exclusion of all else, while egregious violations of UN treaties go unremarked upon. You make me sick and like most Americans, I think you can take the UN and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. It’s a worthless organization and it has been since the day it got hijacked by Euro-weenies with a political agenda.

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  5. ChrisinMB says:

    btw, speaking of credibility…. do you happen to know what North African country remains a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council even after slaughtering +1000 of it’s citizens?

  6. Yara says:

    I really think its a huge mistake to post this and the article by Paul Wolfowitz.
    1) Richard Pearle and other neo-cons are Gadaffi lobbyists
    2)Bush admin is the architect of the madman’s rehabilitation which has cost billions of the Libyans money
    3) Most Important: in his speech yesterday and his speech to Zawya that I am hearing live right now he is explicitly threatening Libyan cities with the fate of Fallujah and Gaza and saying see the West supported that, what I am doing is right in the West’s eyes. I just heard him justifying it using the same Israeli and US excuses of terrorism and Bin Ladin and saying collateral damage is the fault of the people defending their homes, or in his and their words terrorists mixed with the population who are at fault for not stopping their sons from fighting oppression.

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