I Do Choose to Run: Human Rights (Double)talk

To the four governmental bodies that belie their names in his dystopian novel “1984” – the Ministry of Love, which oversees torture; the Ministry of Peace, which conducts war; the Ministry of Plenty, which rations food; and the Ministry of Truth, which disseminates lies – George Orwell could have appended a fifth: the United Nations Human Rights Council, among whose members are several of the worst human rights violators in the world. Until structural deficiencies in the process for electing council members are addressed, the HRC will continue to languish in a perpetual state of doublethink, hamstrung by a voting bloc of governments whose domestic policies consistently abrogate the very human rights the council was intended to protect.

Let’s begin by taking a quick look at four of the current members of the council: Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China and Russia.

via I Do Choose to Run: Human Rights (Double)talk | Stanford Daily.

Categories: double-think

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