Predictable

Amidst great expectations – and an ongoing genocide – the freshly revamped, reformed, rejiggered, United Nations Human Rights Council convened for its inaugural meeting in Geneva this week. Iran, which lost its bid for a seat on the new council, was kind enough to send a representative to the gathering who enjoyed observer status. Befitting a regime that beats women peacefully protesting, Iran sent Saeed Mortazavi who, according to The Washington Post, “has been the most public instrument of political repression in Iran since 2000, when he began a crackdown on the press while serving as a judge. As prosecutor general in Tehran, he has been accused of torture, illegal detention and other offenses…”

“It’s really . . . hard to interpret his place in the delegation as anything but an indication of contempt for human rights,” said Hadi Ghaemi, a researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Indeed. An inauspicious dawn for a new era of human rights advocacy at the UN.

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