Trump’s USA quits United Nations Human Rights Council

Nikki Haley, Trump nominee. Cartoon by Kate Salley Palmer

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The United States is quitting the United Nations Human Rights Council. That has been announced by UN ambassador Haley.

Donald Trump‘s mouthpiece Haley earlier made a laughing-stock of herself with a press conference similar to the 2003 infamous speech at the UN by General Colin Powell, then George W. Bush’s Secretary of State. Powell then promoted war on Iraq with forged evidence, while covering up the replica of Picasso’s famous anti-war painting Guernica hanging there. Ms Haley’s press conference promoted the Trump-Saudi royal family genocidal war on the people of Yemen with forged evidence; as part of promoting Trump’s plans for war on Iran. At least, Colin Powell has apologized for the lies he told then. Ms Haley so far has not done so; I doubt whether she ever will.

“Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council”, said Haley.

On that, Ms Haley is correct. But she forgot to mention two prominent examples of that. The absolute monarchy Saudi Arabia, elected to the council thanks to support by the United States government and its NATO ally, British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. Saudi Arabia, where women activists campaigning for the right of women to drive cars, were recently arrested and may get the death penalty. Saudi Arabia, the land of flogging for blogging. Saudi Arabia, with more and more public beheadings. Saudi Arabia, where the regime kills its own people, immigrant workers, and the people of Bahrain and of Yemen.

The other prominent example is Donald Trump‘s and Ms Haley’s USA.

The NOS article continues:

The news about the withdrawal from the council comes at a time when the human rights policy of President Trump is under fire. It concerns the zero tolerance policy for migrants at the Mexican border.

Families who cross the border to the US are now systematically separated. The parents are detained and prosecuted and the children are incarcerated in large reception centers. The UN yesterday called that policy unscrupulous.

CNN writes on this, on 20 June 2018:

The move was immediately condemned by a dozen charitable groups, who wrote to [Trump’s Secretary of State] Pompeo to say they were “deeply disappointed with the Administration‘s decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the premier intergovernmental human rights body at the global level.”

“This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more difficult to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world”, they added.

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary-general, said: “Once again President Trump is showing his complete disregard for the fundamental rights and freedoms the US claims to uphold. While the Human Rights Council is by no means perfect and its membership is frequently under scrutiny, it remains an important force for accountability and justice.”

Trump causes international outrage after pulling out of UN Human Rights Council: here.

Why has the US withdrawn from the UN council for human rights – and what is its significance? Here.

USA: The Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement on behalf of a group of hidden children of the Holocaust, who felt compelled to respond to the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents. Read more here.

The Ugly Nazi History Of Trump’s ‘Infest’ Slur Against Immigrants: here.

Yes, You Should Be Comparing Trump to Hitler, by Adam Roy.


Trump’s USA resigns from UNESCO

This video says about itself:

UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of Bani Matar Mosque in Yemen

5 September 2016

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the destruction of a 9th century mosque located in Bani Matar, Sana’a Governorate.

“I am deeply concerned about the continuing destruction of Yemen’s unique cultural heritage. This is a direct attack against the country’s historical sites, and on the people’s history and identity that will affect the society over the very long term. This senseless violence must stop immediately” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General.

Several reports from the General Organization of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) and the General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities (GOPHCY) in Yemen, notably, have confirmed the destruction of the mosque by an air strike on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Contrary to Ms Bokova, United States President Donald Trump loves the bloody war by the Saudi absolute monarchy on Yemen, and helps it wherever he can.

So, it is not surprising that Donald Trump does not like Irina Bokova’s organisation.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The US will leave the United Nations organisation UNESCO. The United States State Department reports that the country is leaving from the organisation for peace building, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, education, culture and science as of 31 December.

Donald Trump against human rights

This video from the USA says about itself:

21 January 2017

Human Rights Watch releases its yearly World Report and lists President Trump as a threat to human rights, specifically for his treatment of the media, women, and minority groups.

According to Dutch NOS TV today, Donald Trump’s mouthpiece in the United Nations has said the United States Trump administration is dissatisfied with the United Nations Humans Right Council. And may withdraw from it.

In that council, apart from the USA, 46 member states are represented. Which one of these has angered Trump so much that he may want to quit, like he is quitting from the Paris climate agreement? Which country has made Trump so angry that he does not want the USA to be in the same council with them, as he says: ‘Either they get out, or the USA gets out’?

Maybe Germany, because German cars are sold in the USA? Trump is very much against that, but in this case, his UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Maybe Belgium, because there was a big anti-Trump demonstration in Brussels when Trump went to a NATO meeting there? In this case, his UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Paraguay, where women’s rights are violated constantly? Paraguay, because the democratically elected president was removed there by a coup which empowered a corrupt new administration? No, Trump and his supporters do not mind attacks on democracy at all.

Brazil, because the democratically elected president was removed there by a coup which empowered a corrupt new administration? No, Trump does not mind attacks on democracy at all. He does not mind corruption either.

Egypt, because there is a bloody military dictatorship? No, Trump really likes Egyptian dictator Sisi.

Ethiopia, because the dictatorship there tortures and kills? No, Trump likes dictators; as long as they don’t nationalize Trump Towers or Big Business interests of his cronies.

Hungary, because the far right Viktor Orban regime attacks media freedom, attacks an American university’s right to exist and ill-treats refugees from NATO’s wars? No, Trump loves Orban’s border policies of razor wire, going back to Berlin Wall days.

Japan, because its right-wing government includes supporters of Adolf Hitler’s nazi regime? No, Hitler said ‘Make Germany great again’, so Trump does not really mind Hitler sympathies. The only thing Trump is unhappy about concerning Japan’s far-right government is that it does not yet have nuclear weapons.

Qatar, because of the many workers dying there at work? No, Trump does not mind. Maybe he will become anti-Qatar now that his Saudi royal cronies have a conflict with the Qatari ruling family. But in this case, his UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

South Korea? Maybe, because its new president is not enthusiastic about Trump’s scheme for THAAD military escalation. But in this case, Trump’s UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Tunisia, because its government has dared to tell the home truth that ISIS terror now kills in Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere because of NATO’s 2011 war on Libya? Maybe. But in this case, Trump’s UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Is Donald Trump angry at United Nations Human Rights Council member state the United Kingdom? Is it either they out of the Council, or the USA? The British people don’t want Trump there on a state visit. But its Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump’s poodle on climate destruction and on other issues, has invited him. So, Trump thinks, better wait with demanding that the United Nations Human Rights Council should expel the United Kingdom till Ms May maybe loses the 8 June general election.

The United Arab Emirates? No, that is an absolute monarchy which would never ever nationalize Trump Towers or Trump Hotels. And they help the Saudi regime in its war on the civilians of Yemen; a war which Trump supports. So, they’re all right.

Saudi Arabia? No, that is another absolute monarchy which would never ever nationalize Trump Towers or Trump Hotels. They are the only country in the world where people are beheaded; beheaded on spurious charges, for atheism, or for demonstrating for democracy, etc. etc. They are the only country in the world where women are flogged and/or jailed for driving cars. But never mind, Donald Trump’s USA helped the Saudi regime get into the United Nations Human Rights Council. And into the Women’s Rights Commission as well. With help from Trump’s poodles, Theresa May’s United Kingdom. And with help from Belgium and other NATO military alliance members as well. No, Trump is not going to be angry about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being in the Human Rights Council, as the US government helped them get in. And he told the monarchy he did not mind their beheadings, so their numbers went up.

After all these Human Rights Council member states which apparently did not cause Trump’s anger, let us go now to the only member state which did cause his anger. Venezuela. Trump’s ‘Charlie McCarthy‘ in the UN named Venezuela as a country where supposedly human rights are violated; so, it should be expelled from the council. Venezuela has, indeed, ‘violated’ the right of ExxonMobil and other Big Oil corporations to exploit Venezuela’s oil for their own profits. So, the Trump administration, especially ExxonMobil boss and Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, want regime change in Venezuela. That would probably bring democracy in Venezuela to the level of the torturing and killing Pinochet regime in Chile. But Trump, Trump’s ‘Charlie McCarthy’ in the UN and Rex Tillerson would then welcome Venezuela back into the Human Rights Council, maybe sitting next to Saudi Arabia.

Rights Institute Says Trump’s Blocking Of Twitter Users Violates U.S. Constitution. The Knight First Amendment Institute wants the president to unblock certain Twitter users: here.

This Forbes investigation looks into how a Trump fundraiser for kids with cancer ended in reported payments to Trump properties.

Eric Trump: Some of the folks who oppose my father “are not even people.”

For peace, against NATO/Trump, Brussels, 23-25 May

Peace poster, Brussels 23-25 May 2017

From Belgian peace organisation intal about this:

Trump is visiting our country on May 25th for a NATO summit in Brussels.

What is NATO? Are they supposed to guarantee the security of their member states? Or do they rather threaten them? intal invites you all for a public conference on NATO and its wars. We are happy to announce in the panel:

Maria do Socorro Gomez Coelho, president of the World Peace Council and active peace activist in Brazil. She will give an insight on NATO.

– Wali Ahmad, refugee from Afghanistan. He will give a testimony on the situation in his country since foreign interventions.

– Helena Casqueiro, lawyer and active with the Portuguese peace movement.

– Lina Dibeh from Syria on the current situation in Syria.

– Iraklis Tsavdaridis, Executive Secretary of the WPC and active in the peace movement of Greece.

The interventions will be short, and there will be room for questions. The evening will be in English, with translation to French. There will be snacks and drinks.

There will be music with Hussein.

Organized by intal, in collaboration with the World Peace Council.

We expect everyone to join us also the next day [24 May] at the Protest MarchTrump Not Welcome. Rendezvous 5pm Brussels North station.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

This video says about itself:

18 November 2016

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses the socioeconomic impact of violence, and urges us to mobilize funding so that we may ensure a bright future free of violence for all women and girls.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

UN launches 17th violence against women day

Friday 25th November 2016

A PROGRAMME of action is being launched worldwide today to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Events are being staged across Britain to highlight the problem of violence against women, which affects one third of all women over their lifetimes.

The UN launched the annual event on December 17 1999, with the intention of raising public awareness of the problem.

But for years before that women had organised themselves to protest and campaign for justice.

Women activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981, sparked by the brutal assassination of the Mirabal sisters in 1960.

The three women were political activists in the Dominican Republic, murdered on the orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.

And in 1977 Women Reclaim the Night staged marches, vigils and protests in cities across Britain in response to police advice that women should stay home at night because of the danger posed by serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women and attacked seven others between 1975 and 1980.

This year’s 16 days of events in Britain include a march in Newcastle tomorrow to raise awareness of sexual assaults and domestic abuse against women.

TUC Northern Region women’s group chairwoman Debbie Simpson said: “We hope that our event will once again raise awareness that violence against women is unfortunately an ongoing battle — which many face on a daily basis.”

The march begins 6pm in Old Eldon Square.

Harassment and sexist abuse affect all women – and it’s a problem that’s getting worse. Trade unionists need to step up to the plate to stamp it out, writes VICKY KNIGHT: here.

‘Saudi Arabian blackmail of United Nations on child killing in Yemen’

This video says about itself:

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for ‘killing & maiming’ children in Yemen

3 June 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed the Saudi-led coalition for ‘killing and maiming’ children in Yemen, adding it to an annual blacklist of countries and armed groups that have violated children’s rights in conflict.

Read more here.

That was a few days ago. And now…

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Saudi Arabia blackmailed UN chief about blacklist”

Today, 05:35

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has been blackmailed by allies of Saudi Arabia, diplomats have told Reuters. Ban is said to have been pressured to remove the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia from the list of violators of children’s rights.

The United Nations put the coalition last week on a blacklist, because the countries are said to have killed children in airstrikes in Yemen. The measure was reversed yesterday. This led to much criticism from human rights organizations; who spoke, inter alia, of “political manipulation”.

The UN said that the coalition was removed from the list because there was still an investigation about violations in Yemen. But concerned diplomats told Reuters that Ban Ki-moon has been put under pressure by ministers of Arab countries. “There was blackmail,” said a source who wishes to remain anonymous.

Saudi Arabia is said to have threatened to stop financial support to UN projects and to withdraw aid to the Palestinian territories. …

According to a UN report, the coalition, supported by the United States, is responsible for more than five hundred children killed in Yemen. The countries are said to regularly bomb schools and hospitals.

The UN will not say whether the coalition led by Saudi Arabia will again be put on the list as the investigation of the violations is completed. “We will look at the results and then decide whether we will adjust the list again,” said a spokesperson.

“It appears that political power and diplomatic clout have been allowed to trump the UN’s duty to expose those responsible for the killing and maiming of more than 1,000 of Yemen’s children.”- Sajjad Mohammad Sajid, Oxfam Director in Yemen, Jun 7, 2016. See here.

Why is the United States still backing Saudi Arabia in Yemen? Here.

French neo-colonial military abuse of African children

This video says about itself:

France, US want to keep Africa under colonial rule

10 April 2013

France has started pulling its troops from Mali – the first step in handing over operations to a UN-approved African force. The French anticipated a short campaign against Islamist insurgents in January – but now plan on keeping one thousand troops by the end of the year. Investigative journalist Michel Collon thinks Africa’s instability is the perfect excuse for the west to intervene and exploit the continent’s untouched resources.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops

Anders Kompass said to have passed confidential document to French authorities because of UN’s failure to stop abuse of children in Central African Republic

Sandra Laville

Wednesday 29 April 2015 11.02 BST

A senior United Nations aid worker has been suspended for disclosing to prosecutors an internal report on the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic.

Sources close to the case said Anders Kompass passed the document to the French authorities because of the UN’s failure to take action to stop the abuse. The report documented the sexual exploitation of children as young as nine by French troops stationed in the country as part of international peacekeeping efforts.

Kompass, who is based in Geneva, was suspended from his post as director of field operations last week and accused of leaking a confidential UN report and breaching protocols. He is under investigation by the UN office for internal oversight service (OIOS) amid warnings from a senior official that access to his case must be “severely restricted”. He faces dismissal.

The treatment of the aid worker, who has been involved in humanitarian work for more than 30 years, has taken place with the knowledge of senior UN officials, including Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner for human rights, and Susana Malcorra, chef de cabinet in the UN, according to documents relating to the case.

The abuses took place in 2014 when the UN mission in the country, Minusca, was in the process of being set up.

The Guardian has been passed the internal report on the sexual exploitation by Paula Donovan, co-director of the advocacy group Aids Free World, who is demanding an independent commission inquiry into the UN’s handling of sexual abuse by peacekeepers.

It was commissioned by the UN office of the high commissioner for human rights after reports on the ground that children, who are among the tens of thousands displaced by the fighting, were being sexually abused.

Entitled Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces and stamped “confidential” on every page, the report details the rape and sodomy of starving and homeless young boys by French peacekeeping troops who were supposed to be protecting them at a centre for internally displaced people in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic.

Donovan said: “The regular sex abuse by peacekeeping personnel uncovered here and the United Nations’ appalling disregard for victims are stomach-turning, but the awful truth is that this isn’t uncommon. The UN’s instinctive response to sexual violence in its ranks – ignore, deny, cover up, dissemble – must be subjected to a truly independent commission of inquiry with total access, top to bottom, and full subpoena power.”

The UN has faced several scandals in the past relating to its failure to act over paedophile rings operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo and Bosnia. It has also faced allegations of sexual misconduct by its troops in Haiti, Burundi and Liberia.

The treatment of Kompass, a Swedish national, threatens to spark a major diplomatic row.

This month, the Swedish ambassador to the United Nations warned senior UN officials “it would not be a good thing if the high commissioner for human rights forced” Kompass to resign. The ambassador threatened to go public if that happened and to engage in a potentially ugly and harmful debate.

The abuses detailed in the internal report took place before and after Minusca was set up last year. Interviews with the abused children were carried out between May and June last year by a member of staff from the office for the high commissioner of human rights and a Unicef specialist. The children identified represent just a snapshot of the numbers potentially being abused.

The boys, some of whom were orphans, disclosed sexual exploitation, including rape and sodomy, between December 2013 and June 2014 by French troops at a centre for internally displaced people at M’Poko airport in Bangui.

The children described how they were sexually exploited in return for food and money. One 11-year-old boy said he was abused when he went out looking for food. A nine-year-old described being sexually abused with his friend by two French soldiers at the IDP camp when they went to a checkpoint to look for something to eat.

The child described how the soldiers forced him and his friend to carry out a sex act. The report describes how distressed the child was when disclosing the abuse and how he fled the camp in terror after the assault. Some of the children were able to give good descriptions of the soldiers involved.

In summer 2014, the report was passed to officials within the office for the high commission of human rights in Geneva. When nothing happened, Kompass sent the report to the French authorities and they visited Bangui and began an investigation.

It is understood a more senior official was made aware of Kompass’s actions and raised no objections. But last month Kompass was called in and accused of breaching UN protocols by leaking details of a confidential report, according to sources.

Kompass’s emails have been seized as part of the investigation into the alleged leak. One senior UN official has said of Kompass that “it was his duty to know and comply” with UN protocols on confidential documents.

Bea Edwards, of the Government Accountability Project, an international charity that supports whistleblowers, condemned the UN for its witch-hunt against a whistleblower who had acted to stop the abuse of children.

“We have represented many whistleblowers in the UN system over the years and in general the more serious the disclosure they make the more ferocious the retaliation,” said Edwards. ”Despite the official rhetoric, there is very little commitment at the top of the organisation to protect whistleblowers and a strong tendency to politicise every issue no matter how urgent.”

UN sources confirmed an investigation by the French was ongoing – in cooperation with the UN – into allegations of a very serious nature against peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

On Wednesday a spokesman for the French justice ministry told Reuters: “A preliminary investigation has been opened by the Paris prosecutor since July 31, 2014. The investigation is ongoing,” he said, declining to give further details.

A spokesman for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed an investigation was under way into the leaking of confidential information by a staff member.

France’s poisoned legacy in the Central African Republic. Latest mission to the former colony in 2013 was to protect people displaced by sectarian conflict – now French troops are accused of engaging in child abuse: here.