Cao Shunli died while incarcerated
recently for advocating the right of ordinary Chinese citizens to have input into China's entry in the UN's Universal Periodic Review
, a new set of human rights reports for every UN member state. She died because she was denied medical care. Her family has not been allowed to see the body. [more inside]
Fantasy Meets Reality.
The very best works of science fiction illuminate controversial current events and the intricacies of human nature. So, it's no surprise that the United Nations Public Information Department and the Sci Fi (SyFy?
) Channel co-hosted a panel yesterday evening on "humanitarian concerns" at the UN, with the creators and actors of Battlestar Galactica
-- a show which regularly explores those themes
. A 2-hour video webcast is archived here
. (RealPlayer video)
. Entertainment Weekly has an additional write-up
. [more inside]
Kofi Annan has issued his recommendations
for tackling poverty and promoting security and human rights, incorporating the greatest alterations to the UN and Security Council in history.
That other great bone of transatlantic contention
, the International Criminal Court
, was finally born today
Dead at birth
, or a source of hope
U.S. Declares Itself Above the Law.
Powell says that a groundbreaking United Nations International Criminal Court
would be harmful towards maintaining U.S. military action. But what does skipping out on such niceties as genocide and human rights abuses say to the rest of the world about accountability in Washington? Discuss.
UN agrees to delay Jenin investigations.
What's going on here? At the risk at causing more uproar to YAIPP (Yet Another Israel/Palistine Post)....why the delay? Everyone should be held accountable to Human Rights standards.
, the United States lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
The U.S. has been voted out of something again, losing its seat
on the International Narcotics Control Board, a worldwide body which monitors drugs manufacture and illicit drugs trading.
Bad and lack of recent karma sees USA voted out of the United Nations Human Rights Commissionl;
while Sudan and Sierra Leone stays on board
the 53-nation commission
running uncontested in geographic quota. Besides being a sign of Dubya's lacking diplomatic leadership, falling three votes short
of securing one of the three seats reserved for the Western nations also means that, for the first time since 1947 America will no longer be a member of UNCHR