One of the seven elected was Venezuela, whose Communist dictator Hugo Chavez is continually engaged in human rights violations. Venezuelans suffer arrest, incarceration, terrible prison conditions, and criminal prosecution of individuals who criticize the government. Press freedom is under assault. Criticism of public officials is a criminal offense. Dictator Hugo Chavez has repeatedly endorsed some of the world's top human rights violators: Vladimir Putin of Russia, Fidel Castro of Cuba. Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, and Muammar al-Quaddafi of Libya. What could we expect? This should be no surprise: Hugo Chavez is a Communist.
Other countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council, such as Pakistan and Kazakhstan, are about as bad as Venezuela. It is just plain ridiculous to expect this UN Council to have any positive effect on human rights. The whole idea is a farce. The UN is worthless when it comes to respecting human rights, and I just hope that America is not paying the bills for the so-called UN Human Rights Council.
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