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Sudan, Syria Could Join UN Human Rights Council

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Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Photo: U.S. Navy.

The human rights group UN Watch urged the United Nations to oppose a bid by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for a seat on the Human Rights Council.

“Electing Sudan to the U.N. body mandated to promote and protect human rights worldwide is like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. Bashir has been indicted for genocide in the International Criminal Court.

Additionally, Syria is “virtually assured of victory” in its bid for a Human Rights Council seat by 2014 because fixed slates of candidates are provided to the council “behind closed doors,” Neuer told the Baltimore Sun. UN Watch is also campaigning against the candidacies of Venezuela and Pakistan.

In his July 2 speech to the Human Rights Council, Syrian representative Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui ignored his own country’s genocide and instead focused on Israel’s uprooting of trees in the Golan Heights.

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