This is rich. Representatives from some of the biggest sh*thole countries in the world with terrible human rights records lined up to shame the US for what they feel are brutal police tactics that target black people. The UN Human Rights Council held a hearing on Monday for the expressed purpose of accusing America of racist and inhumane policies.
Al Jazeera America reports:
The United States was slammed over its rights record Monday at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with member nations criticizing the country for police violence and racial discrimination, the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility and the continued use of the death penalty.
The issue of racism and police brutality dominated the discussion on Monday during the country’s second universal periodic review (UPR). Country after country recommended that the U.S. strengthen legislation and expand training to eliminate racism and excessive use of force by law enforcement.
The main reason the UN went after the US was because of, “the tragic deaths of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Ohio and Walter Scott in South Carolina…”
Of those 5 cases, officers have been cleared by grand juries and Justice Department investigations in 3. Of the remaining 2, police have been arrested and charged. Even if we can pretend that all 5 incidents were examples of racism and police brutality, which they clearly aren’t, that’s a statistical insignificant number in the millions of police interactions over the previous two years. They don’t represent a trend. Hell, they don’t even represent a statistical anomaly.
As ridiculous as these UN charges are, it becomes even more absurd when we see the countries that think the US needs to clean up its act:
Pakistan, Russia, China and Turkey were among the most vociferous of the member states, with Russia informing the U.S. that “the human rights situation in the country has seriously deteriorated recently”
Every one of these places has serious issues with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, torture, murder, rape, and even genocide, but they feel like the US has a problem with human rights?
“Chad considers the United States of America to be a country of freedom, but recent events targeting black sectors of society have tarnished its image,” said Awada Angui of the U.N. delegation to Chad.
Chad isn’t just a preppy guy’s name from the 1980’s or something hanging off a ballot in Florida, it’s also an African nation that Freedom House rates “poor” on the human rights front. Extrajudicial killings, torture, and rape by government security forces have landed this country near the bottom of the freedom rankings.
Pakistan Ambassador to the U.N. Zamir Akram told the delegation that Pakistan has “serious concerns about the human rights situation in the U.S.”
Isn’t Pakistan that country that kills women for getting out of line? It sure is. In fact, the same UN Human Rights Council that is shaming America found that 5000 women are killed every year in Pakistan from domestic violence and honor killings. Also, this is a country where rape is a national pastime.
After this one-sided kangaroo court, the Human Rights Council made several recommendations including: “…the U.S. should end police brutality against African-Americans…”
Unfortunately, the United States sort of takes these UN reviews seriously. We don’t actually act on the recommendations, but we also don’t tell these savage nations how little their opinions matter. It’d be nice if the US delegate went up to the podium and said, “Go f*ck yourselves. You kill women for driving cars”
It would also be nice if the US stopped paying the lion’s share in funding the UN just so other garbage countries can shame us about things they do a million times worse.