Friday, June 30, 2006

Another Right from the U.N.

I have absolutely no respect for the UN, it's time it followed the League of Nations. With some of the nations and their human rights records who are allowed to pass`judgement on others, its ridiculous.
A Canadian responds to the news that the "new" UN Human rights council passed "a declaration to protect the rights of native peoples around the world, including an assertion that they have a possible right to restitution for land and resources taken from them.

The text of the Declaration can be found here.

The members of the Council.  

Voting for:
Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switerzland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Zambia.

While approved by 30 members, some 17 members either abstained (12), were absent (3) or voted no (2).   Several countries spoke about the lack of consensus (Ukraine, Morocco Russia, Guatemala, Switzerland, and Algeria.)   In the case of Algeria, they were hoping that the declaration would have been adopted unanimously so they could join the consensus, but, since the declaration was in conflict with the Constitution of Algeria, they couldn't vote in favor of it.   Go figure.   The United Kingdom was quick to note that the declaration was not legally binding and that citizens of the UK and its terrorities "did not fall within the scope of the declaration."

When your rights are guaranteed by China and Cuba and the always loving and caring Mexico and Zambia, you got cause to celebrate.

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