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PhinPhan1227
04-30-2003, 04:57 PM
FoxNews:


U.S. Fumes Over Cuba's Seat on U.N. Rights Panel

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday expressed outrage that Cuba has been re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Commission (search), only three weeks after rounding up dozens of dissidents and sending them to prison.


"This is a setback for the cause of human rights. Cuba does not deserve a seat on the Human Rights Commission. Cuba deserves to be investigated by the Human Rights Commission," said White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

While the United States was preoccupied with the Iraq war, Cuban leader Fidel Castro (search) arrested 78 dissidents, journalists and librarians and "tried" them for treason, giving them varying prison sentences of as long as 28 years.

The same commission that by acclamation Tuesday allowed Cuba to remain a member, earlier this month voted to investigate the mass arrests. It was treated with resistance.

"The Human Rights Commission wanted to send investigators into Cuba and Cuba said 'no.' And yet, today, Cuba gets re-elected to the Human Rights Commission. It raises troubling issues, and that's why the United States is speaking out about it," Fleischer said.

The Bush administration lobbied against the vote to keep Cuba on the panel, but in the end threw up its hands, suggesting the commission is a lost cause.

"You have to keep in mind that Libya is the chairman of this committee. There are some things that happen at the United Nations that it's very hard for anybody to explain," Fleischer said.

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Economic Social Council Sichan Siv (search), who served as the U.S. representative at Tuesday's commission meeting, got up and walked out when it became clear Cuba was going to win the vote.

"It was an outrage for us because we view Cuba as the worst violator of human rights in this hemisphere," he said.

Siv said the arrests aren't the only travesties committed by Castro. Cubans trying to escape Castro's regime have mounted several hijackings recently, including a plane flown to Key West and a ferryboat also headed to Florida. While hijackings are illegal, Castro didn't bother with anything like a trial, Siv said.

"They arrested three hijackers. After one week of incarceration, they shot them — no trial no justice or nothing," he said.

Castro's summary executions surprised and dismayed even his longtime defenders. It also riled longtime critics in the U.S. Congress.

"Allowing Cuba to stay on the Human Rights Commission is like honoring Saddam Hussein with the Nobel Peace Prize," said Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley.

Foley is introducing a congressional resolution calling on the United Nations to reverse its decision.

Fox News' Jim Angle contributed to this report.

ohall
04-30-2003, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by PhinPhan1227
FoxNews:


U.S. Fumes Over Cuba's Seat on U.N. Rights Panel

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday expressed outrage that Cuba has been re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Commission (search), only three weeks after rounding up dozens of dissidents and sending them to prison.


"This is a setback for the cause of human rights. Cuba does not deserve a seat on the Human Rights Commission. Cuba deserves to be investigated by the Human Rights Commission," said White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

While the United States was preoccupied with the Iraq war, Cuban leader Fidel Castro (search) arrested 78 dissidents, journalists and librarians and "tried" them for treason, giving them varying prison sentences of as long as 28 years.

The same commission that by acclamation Tuesday allowed Cuba to remain a member, earlier this month voted to investigate the mass arrests. It was treated with resistance.

"The Human Rights Commission wanted to send investigators into Cuba and Cuba said 'no.' And yet, today, Cuba gets re-elected to the Human Rights Commission. It raises troubling issues, and that's why the United States is speaking out about it," Fleischer said.

The Bush administration lobbied against the vote to keep Cuba on the panel, but in the end threw up its hands, suggesting the commission is a lost cause.

"You have to keep in mind that Libya is the chairman of this committee. There are some things that happen at the United Nations that it's very hard for anybody to explain," Fleischer said.

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Economic Social Council Sichan Siv (search), who served as the U.S. representative at Tuesday's commission meeting, got up and walked out when it became clear Cuba was going to win the vote.

"It was an outrage for us because we view Cuba as the worst violator of human rights in this hemisphere," he said.

Siv said the arrests aren't the only travesties committed by Castro. Cubans trying to escape Castro's regime have mounted several hijackings recently, including a plane flown to Key West and a ferryboat also headed to Florida. While hijackings are illegal, Castro didn't bother with anything like a trial, Siv said.

"They arrested three hijackers. After one week of incarceration, they shot them — no trial no justice or nothing," he said.

Castro's summary executions surprised and dismayed even his longtime defenders. It also riled longtime critics in the U.S. Congress.

"Allowing Cuba to stay on the Human Rights Commission is like honoring Saddam Hussein with the Nobel Peace Prize," said Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley.

Foley is introducing a congressional resolution calling on the United Nations to reverse its decision.

Fox News' Jim Angle contributed to this report.

Yeah but 1227 which other country will know more about human rights violations than Cuba? :D

No doubt the UN is a JOKE.

Oliver...

baccarat
04-30-2003, 06:25 PM
Libya is the chairman of this committee


What next? France as the head of an anti-semitism watch group?

baccarat
05-01-2003, 06:16 PM
BTW, this is the same panel that kicked us(a country w/ one of the best human rights record) off and put Libya on in 2000.

WharfRat
05-01-2003, 07:17 PM
I needed no further proof that the UN is a joke....
It has become as effective as the League of Nations.

LeftCoastPhin
05-01-2003, 07:39 PM
Yea, "United Nations" sounds wonderful huh? Too bad they are anything BUT united!

BuffTP
05-03-2003, 09:52 PM
they are united in lies, and mayhem.

dolfan06
05-04-2003, 08:06 PM
maybe they should be called, united "NOTIONS!"

minus
05-23-2003, 12:12 PM
UN probably won't last more than five years while the EU creates something similar to UN but more powerful led by EU.

ohall
05-23-2003, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by minus
UN probably won't last more than five years while the EU creates something similar to UN but more powerful led by EU.

So where would that leave the USA, NATO?

Oliver...

minus
05-23-2003, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by Oliver


So where would that leave the USA, NATO?

Oliver...

Outside looking in and we should all know by now EU true intentions are to become more powerful than the U.S.I read an article that Germany is pushing for a technologically advance armed forces that would rival the U.S.Therefore making NATO absolete and outdated.

EU is something that we all have keep an eye on because its only going to get stronger.

dolfan06
05-23-2003, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Oliver


So where would that leave the USA, NATO?

Oliver... i'd like to find out, we would be money ahead, we pay some countries dues now!;) :(

WharfRat
05-23-2003, 05:59 PM
Originally posted by minus


Outside looking in and we should all know by now EU true intentions are to become more powerful than the U.S.I read an article that Germany is pushing for a technologically advance armed forces that would rival the U.S.Therefore making NATO absolete and outdated.

EU is something that we all have keep an eye on because its only going to get stronger.

Not just the Germans... the French want top billing in the EU... you see it playing out like this...
The EU, led diplomatically by the French, using Germany as it's muscle, leading the smaller, weaker European Nations (exept for the British, Spanish, and a handfull of Eastern Europeans) down the Anti-U.S. road....

baccarat
05-23-2003, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by WharfRat


Not just the Germans... the French want top billing in the EU... you see it playing out like this...
The EU, led diplomatically by the French, using Germany as it's muscle, leading the smaller, weaker European Nations (exept for the British, Spanish, and a handfull of Eastern Europeans) down the Anti-U.S. road....

The anti-semetic road, too.


Add Italy and Portugal with Britain and Spain.

WharfRat
05-23-2003, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by booyeah_


The anti-semetic road, too.


Add Italy and Portugal with Britain and Spain.

True... with Billions of Anti-US Middle East countries following gleefully behind them.....


and I forgot about Italy and Portugal....

baccarat
05-24-2003, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by WharfRat


True... with Billions of Anti-US Middle East countries following gleefully behind them.....


and I forgot about Italy and Portugal....


Billions? How many countries are in the Mid East? :lol:

PhinPhan1227
05-27-2003, 09:18 AM
Originally posted by WharfRat


Not just the Germans... the French want top billing in the EU... you see it playing out like this...
The EU, led diplomatically by the French, using Germany as it's muscle, leading the smaller, weaker European Nations (exept for the British, Spanish, and a handfull of Eastern Europeans) down the Anti-U.S. road....


The vision of the future I find hysterical is a NATO dominated by EASTERN European nations, rather than the traditional Western members. Basically, we'd be swaping NATO for the Warsaw Pact...:eek:

baccarat
05-28-2003, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by booyeah_



Billions? How many countries are in the Mid East? :lol:

Nobody gets it?

PhinPhan1227
05-29-2003, 09:58 AM
Originally posted by booyeah_


Nobody gets it?


Kind of thought you had covered it...I just assumed he meant to say "people" rather than "countries". Even then, "Billions" is a ridiculous number.