It seems that in order to win votes for election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western democracies believe they must pander to states that do not respect civil and political rights. Germany, in particular, promised a soft line, thus gaining election to the Council along with Pakistan, Venezuela and a number of other human rights-abusing states, write Jacob Mchangama and Aaron Rhodes in the Huffington Post.
On 12 November, 18 UN member states were elected to serve on the Human Rights Council. Only members of the “Western” group faced competitive elections. In order to secure support from members of the General Assembly, some bent over backwards to assure that they will not confront grave violations of civil and political rights, and will stick to soft, consensus issues––issues favored by dictatorial and authoritarian regimes, who hide behind claims they support economic and social rights as they deprive their citizens of basic liberties. Jacob Mchangama and Aaron Rhodes of the Freedom Rights Project analyze the syndrome in the Huffington Post. Read it here.