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US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council - just after Australia paid millions to get on it

Good on President Trump and Nikki Halley for pulling the US out of the UN Human So-Called Rights Council.

 

 

 

You may recall our stories about Julie Bishop sucking up to despots and forking out our millions so she could join them on the UN Human Rights Council.

Here's one of our numerous representations.

Australia's bid to join Saudi Arabia on the UN Human Rights Council. Seriously.

Islamic museum

Until July this year, Saudi Arabia chaired the UN Human Rights Council.  Yesterday Saudi Arabia was voted back on to the HRC for another year, while Russia was voted out.

Now Julie Bishop wants another reason to go to New York.

Check out the HRC website http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/AboutCouncil.aspx

It's chocka with reviews, investigations and sundry bullshit but light on making any difference in anyone's life except the gravy train passengers.

Here are the current members of the UN Human Rights Council - source UN website

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Current Membership of the Human Rights Council, 1 January - 31 December 2016


COUNTRY

TERM EXPIRES ON
Albania 2017
Algeria 2016
Bangladesh 2017
Belgium 2018
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2017
Botswana 2017
Burundi 2018
China 2016
Congo 2017
Côte d’Ivoire 2018
Cuba 2016
Ecuador 2018
El Salvador 2017
Ethiopia 2018
France 2016
Georgia 2018
Germany 2018
Ghana 2017
India 2017
Indonesia 2017
Kenya 2018
Kyrgyzstan 2018
Latvia 2017
Maldives 2016
Mexico 2016
Mongolia 2018
Morocco 2016
Namibia 2016
Netherlands 2017
Nigeria 2017
Panama 2018
Paraguay 2017
Philippines 2018
Portugal 2017
Qatar 2017
Republic of Korea 2018
Russian Federation 2016
Saudi Arabia 2016
Slovenia 2018
South Africa 2016
Switzerland 2018
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2016
Togo 2018
United Arab Emirates 2018
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2016
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 2018
Viet Nam 2016

Now Julie Bishop wants in.   If she was at all fair dinkum about human rights, we'd cease to recognise the House of Saud and its corrupt terrorist regime.

And it's hard to take Julie seriously on women's issues while we tolerate mainstream Muslim teachings in our country.  

Australia’s candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020

 

The time has come for Australia to seek a seat on the Human Rights Council. Our inaugural candidacy reflects our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights.

Australia was a founding member of the United Nations – we have been an advocate ever since for the purposes and principles of the UN Charter which support human rights.

For over 70 years, we have continued to advocate for these principles, remaining an international human rights leader. Australia has been a champion of the principle that all states be treated equally, no matter their size.

We stand by these principles today, especially in the context of advancing human rights in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia is seeking a seat on the Human Rights Council. Our inaugural candidacy embodies our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights.

This commitment reflects national values which are deeply embedded in Australian society and our respect for democracy and the rule of law. It also underpins the way we have always engaged with the international community – with active, practical advocacy, sensitivity and fairness, and a willingness to speak out against human rights violations and abuses.

Australia’s campaign is built on five pillars:

  • gender equality
  • good governance
  • freedom of expression
  • the rights of indigenous peoples
  • strong national human rights institutions and capacity building

These five pillars represent areas where Australia can advance human rights in practical, sensible ways that will have far-reaching systemic effects over time. Areas where we are already leaders in promoting improvements, particularly in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia would be a strong advocate for global abolition of the death penalty, one of Australia’s core human rights objectives.

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