Cuba wins seat on controversial new U...

Cuba wins seat on controversial new U.N. Human Rights Council

There are 4 comments on the The Wichita Eagle story from May 9, 2006, titled Cuba wins seat on controversial new U.N. Human Rights Council. In it, The Wichita Eagle reports that:

Cuba and four other nations accused of widespread human rights abuses won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, newly created to replace a controversial agency where abusers were often members.

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bill v

United States

#1 May 9, 2006
IF WE CAN BE ON THE COUNCIL THERE CERTAINLY NO REASON WHY CUBA SHOULDN'T BE. "TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE" OUR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD STINKS.
Luis

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 May 10, 2006
Bill,
Our human rights might not be the cream of the crop, yet we do have a document called the BILL OF RIGHTS, which places us, the UNITED STATES, light years ahead of Cuba. I've been to Cuba. I've seen the oppression of fidel's regime go against it's people. I've been to the belly of the beast, both of them, and I'll tell you this, we have it much better here than they do over there. Therefore, yes the United States should be on the commision, and no, Cuba should not. This is just another tool that fidel will use to his advantage, which will be to the disadvantage of the average Cubano.
Garry

Toronto, Canada

#3 May 10, 2006
Luis wrote:
Bill,
Our human rights might not be the cream of the crop, yet we do have a document called the BILL OF RIGHTS, which places us, the UNITED STATES, light years ahead of Cuba. I've been to Cuba. I've seen the oppression of fidel's regime go against it's people. I've been to the belly of the beast, both of them, and I'll tell you this, we have it much better here than they do over there. Therefore, yes the United States should be on the commision, and no, Cuba should not. This is just another tool that fidel will use to his advantage, which will be to the disadvantage of the average Cubano.
Depends in how the thing is run. Of the 47 members maybe the majority carries the decisions. The problem states lose the decisions but at least learn first hand why. Probably better than excluding the problem states all together.
KesaVa

London, Canada

#4 May 14, 2006
In fact the new UN Human Right Council is in a much better shape than the old UN Human Right Commission. Serious human right violators which used to control in the Commission, like Sudan, Nepal, Zimbabwe and Libya, have now lost their seats in the new council. And other violator nations like Iran and Venezuela failed to get in the new council. Although some of the members in the new Council have a less than popular human right record. Practically there is no way to find 47 countries in this world which have perfect human rights record to be council members; they constitute a minority as compared with the composition in the defunct Human Right Commission.

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