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Myanmar's military likely behind crimes against humanity, U.N. investigator says
"It is one of the severe ist indictments. The UN's human rights investigator on Myanmar says the new military regime is likely committing crimes against humanity. With its deadly crackdown on people protesting last month's coup. The special rapporteur Tom Andrews, told the U. N Human Rights Council that the military hunter had murdered at least 70 people and that more than 2000 Had been unlawfully detained. He's calling for sanctions against the country's military leaders. Here's more of what he said. As of this moment, credible reports indicate that Myanmar security forces had murdered at least 70 people. That a president those murdered were fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, husbands and wives. They were educators. They were engineers. They were students. They were many ages, but more than half of those murdered Members of Generation Z or young people under the age of 25. Madam president, the country of Myanmar is being controlled by a murderous illegal regime. Its current leadership perpetuated the atrocity crimes that are the focus of the charge of genocide before the International Criminal Court of Justice. Was the U. N special rupture on me and Mark Tom Andrews, speaking there. His comments followed news that more protesters had been killed when security forces opened fire on demonstrators on Thursday, including in the country's largest city, Yangon that left more families mourning the loss of
Fresh update on "human rights council" discussed on Morning Edition
"That's because For starters, the vaccines are excellent, but they're not 100% effective and not everyone around you was vaccinated. And also you should think about how you're traveling. Are you driving, flying, taking a train and where he's staying? What is the advice on which is less risky driving? Flying? Taking a train? How does that work? Well, driving will reduce your risk because you just won't come into contact with as many people But flying is relatively safe. As long as you wear a mask and do what you can't avoid Crowds so carry on luggage, So you avoid standing in lines for bags and eat ahead to avoid eating at the airport or on the plane. And in terms of where to stay if you aren't vaccinated, Ah, vacation rental is less risky. But if you are vaccinated hotel is fine, though you still wanna wear mask in the common areas, and this will be a big question with the summer coming up if people want to plan family vacations, but can't get the kids vaccinated yet what's the advice there? Yeah, the calculus There is a bit different even though the risk of severe illness is lower and kids it's not zero and they can transmit the virus. So keep gathering involving kids. Small considered driving set of flying Venna vacation house to go camping it avoid huge family reunions and crowded amusement parks for now, But remember that this advice is likely to evolve as more people get vaccinated? It's not forever, not forever, but the big curveball is international travel. Not all the rules apply on that one. It's far more complicated. You have to know the rules of the country. You're going too many require negative covert tests enter and you may also have to quarantine NPR health correspondent Maria Godoy. Thanks for you my pleasure. President Biden administration is changing the way the U. S works with other nations may be restoring is a better word like when it restored funds for the World Health Organization, NPR's Michele Kelemen examines a less noticed effort. For decades. The U. S was the largest donor to UNWRA, the U. N agency that run schools and hospitals for Palestinians. That changed in the Trump administration, which cut all funding to Palestinians to pressure them to negotiate with Israel. Unrest. Washington Director Elizabeth Campbell is relieved that the Biden administration is reversing course. Once again. We're having a conversation with the world's most generous humanitarian donor as a humanitarian entity. Providing humanitarian assistance on the basis of need, So that's an extraordinary departure from the previous administration. Israel's ambassador to the United States and the U. N. Gilad Air done is not happy. Israel is strongly opposed to the anti Israel and anti Semitic activity happening in unrest facilities. We believe that this U. N agency for so called refugees Should not exist in its current form month under a denies those charges, and State Department spokesperson that Bryce says by restarting USAID, the U. S can have more influence to help shape under his work with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Now, not only do we have a dialogue, we have a seat at the table were able to help affect these reforms. These reforms that we think are necessary. These reforms that we think are important in a manner that is much more. That will be much more effective going forward. The Biden administration used that argument about the need for a seat at the table when it rejoined the Paris climate accord restored funding to the World Health Organization and decided to seek a place on the U. N Human Rights Council. Richard Gallon of the International Crisis Group puts it this way. You and diplomats say they've seen a Massive change in the quality of American engagement in New York over the last two months. The Trump administration was really just missing in action at the U. N by the end of the president's term. Speaking via Skype, Galan said the Trump Administration did manage to force some improvements at the U. N by threatening eight cut offs. But its overall approach gave an opening to China to gain more influence in the world body trumps Behavior, especially towards the World Health Organization, simply have alienated a lot of US allies on bison is putting that right quite pretty. Critics say the White House is moving too quickly without getting anything in return, like making the W H O put more pressure on China or getting the Human Rights Council to stop focusing so much on Israel. Alan says, um or engaged us will see results of the U N just not right away. These are still early days, but what we're seeing is that government at the U. N a willing to talk about issues like Over 19 onboard fighting climate change in a much more positive fashion than they did in the trump era. But multilateral diplomacy, he says, is incremental. So it's a hard sell here in the U. S..
"human rights council" Discussed on UN News
"To the bandits and terrorists who carry them out and to the communities who are just far enough away from state protection to make them target for this week's interview i asked you and children's fund nigeria representative peter hawkins to explain which areas are most at risk attacks on schools and insecurity in many parts of nigeria is not an uncommon feature and over the past ten years especially in the northeast where attacks on schools has been a way of life. More recently in casino is in the northwest and niger. Which is in the north central has experienced attacks on to boarding schools where children have been abducted and taken away. The reasons for these attacks on schools are multiple. I'd logical in the northeast where boko haram is against education to the extreme where in casinos and niger. State last week and a couple of months ago is around is trying to kidnap the children trying to secure ransom and extort money from the authorities. Could you give me an update on that attack. Then just last wednesday on this boarding school college students abducted apparently. Do we have any update on where they are. Detect took place last wednesday Probably between three o'clock and six o'clock in the morning one unfortunately was shot dead others could in. Some of the teachers would take his hostages. What we know as of this morning is that the discussions or negotiations. If you want for a better term taking place and with optimistic that a solution should be found over the next couple of days but the implications for those children are devastating. The psychosocial impact the interruption in their education but the long term feeling that my school is not the safe place. I thought it was has a profound effect impact on children whether in niger state as was the case last week or cut cena as the case was a couple of months ago or anywhere else where these boarding schools have. The schools are situated in slightly remote areas. So you immediate aims. Once these children hopefully returned education is the most important thing for the future of nigeria. They're education as their children not only in itself to ensure that the children can aspire the biggest problem at the moment in nigeria's that they're over twelve million children out of school have no experience of learning education. Secondly is insecurity and this is in the northeast where the insurgency is undermining educational learning for all children. Although there is some very good news. I mean if you went to my degree which is the capital of four. No state in the northeast in two thousand fifteen twenty sixteen there was nothing happened. No schools you go there now and eight o'clock in the morning..
UN human rights chief raises alarm over ‘systematic crackdown’ in Belarus
"A systematic crackdown against dissents in belarus's continuing months since the country's disputed presidential election last year you and rights chief. Michelle basch has told the human rights council in comments to member states on thursday. The high commissioner for human rights insisted that curbs on demonstrators had got worse. Since last august poll returned president alexander lukashenko to office claims that belarus has rejected those protests led to mass arbitrary arrests and detentions of largely peaceful demonstrators along with hundreds of allegations of torture and ill-treatment ms bachelet explained before noting that not one of the hundreds of complaints. Facts of torture and ill-treatment had been investigated. The commission highlighted concerns about government proposals which would reportedly enable harsher punishments. Those taking part in peaceful demonstrations from now on today nearly two hundred and fifty people have received prison sentences on allegedly politically motivated charges linked to the twenty twenty presidential election. Ms bachelet
U.S. "humbly" asks for its seat back on U.N. Human Rights Council
"The U. N Human Rights Council after former President Trump withdrew from the organization Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U. S. Will seek re election to the U. N Human Rights Council later this year. We humbly ask for the support of all U N member states. In our bid to return to a seat in this body. The announcement comes three years after President Trump quit the council, saying it was biased against Israel. Blinken says reform is needed We urge the Human Rights Council Look at how it conducts his business. That includes it's disproportionate focus on Israel. And he says countries with the worst records on human rights should not be members of the council in London.
US to seek seat on UN human rights body, after Trump pullout
"Secretary of state Clinton says the US will seek to be re elected into the UN human rights council after the body was previously shunned by the trump administration in a video message at the top US diplomat said his country will seek a three year term is starting next year however Blinken suggested the council was still in need of reformers human rights council to look at how it conducts his business that includes its disproportionate focus on Israel secretary of state emphasized the importance of human rights in his administration's foreign policy will focus on ensuring that the council membership reflects high standards for upholding the ring can also raise concerns about countries including ma'am off its recent Q. China events in China region and Russia after the chaining of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his supporters I'm Karen Thomas
Violence engulfs South Sudan
"Extreme violence involving thousands of fighters at a time has engulfed. Most of south sudan a decade after independence. You and human rights council appointed investigators said on friday. According to the commission on human rights in south sudan the bloodshed and exactions faced by civilians are the worst recorded. Since the country's civil war began in december two thousand thirteen some of the most brutal attacks have been carried out in the states of central equatoria jonglei and greater people administrative area with up to fifty thousand fighters involved in one attack on the village of liqun. Gory in jonglei. Here's commission chairperson. Jasmine super we have documented the new levels of militia violence engulfing more than three quarters of the country at localized level in which children carry weapons and women. At traded as spoils of war like chattels abducted. Boys have been forced to fight. And in some instances forcibly assimilated into rival armed groups. The commission's warning comes two years. Since the revitalized peace agreement was signed which masuku had led to a reduction in hostilities nationally without resulting south sudan increasingly bitter polarized identity where ethnicity was prized above. All the commission on human rights in south sudan is due to present its report to the human rights council in geneva on the tenth of march
Human Rights Council hears call for immediate release of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
"Un human rights council debated a call on friday for the immediate release of myanmar's democratically elected leader. Aung sang succi along with other senior officials in a special session at the geneva-based council which is the preeminent forum for international rights issues. the united kingdom and european union presented a draft resolution condemning last week's military takeover the draft text urges the lifting of restrictions on the internet and unimpeded humanitarian access. Here's another al-nashif deputy high commissioner for human rights. Let us be clear. The indiscriminate use of lethal or less than lethal weapons against peaceful protesters is unacceptable more violence against me and must people will only compound the illegitimacy of the cool and the culpability of its leaders. Special rapporteur on the human rights situation in myanmar. Thomas andrews also urged the international community not to recognize the country's military leaders arbitrary detentions and intimidation. I increasing the independent rights expert continued adding that political leaders were targets as well as community and civil society leaders myanmar's ambassador to responded by underscoring his country's commitment to democratic values and justified the military's intervention as
"human rights council" Discussed on 600 WREC
"I'm JT and joining us now Bread Schaper, who was with Heritage Institute, International regulatory Affairs, and taking a look at the U. N, and what President Trump did and pulling us out and why he did that, and now a complete reversal. It's put it on the list of things Biden is doing. Good morning, Brett. Welcome in. Thanks for being here. Thanks for having me on Well, no doubt about it. The United Nations Human Rights Council. The HRC is an organization that has people on it. That are mean huge abusers of human rights around the world. And President Trump was trying to Ah, you know, Change some things reform this panel and get these people you know, out of there, and they didn't want to move. So he said. All right, then we're out. We're not gonna be laying in bed and having conversations. You know, with people that go back to their home countries and violate human rights. So so why would Joe Biden Want to come back in this without the reform taking place. It's um It's a good question and one that I posed and criticized in recent piece that I wrote, you're absolutely right. President Trump withdrew for a number of different reasons, primarily because the human rights Um council is overwhelmingly obsessed with Israel. So about 40% of the condemnatory resolutions that are passed by the council since it was stood up in 2006. Have focused on Israel. That means that, by the reckoning of the Human Rights Council, Israel's responsible for 40% of the world's human rights abuses now some countries have never been condemned by the Human Rights Council countries like China, which is committing genocide and Western China, according not just the Trump administration, but Biden administration as well. Countries like Cuba, which have been refreshing the citizens for decades countries like Russia, which just put in opposition figure in jail and just rest about 5000 people, All right, So what we see here is Not just obsession with Israel, a disproportion and um, frankly unbalanced obsession with Israel in terms of prominent nations, but also an unwillingness to hold other countries. That are abusing their citizens to account so it's selectivity and how it approaches human rights, and finally, it has virtually no membership standards. For instance, Russia, Cuba and China were just elected to the Human Rights Council last fall. Then you have countries like Venezuela and countries like Saudi Arabia and others that sit on the council and pass judgment over other countries. So you know, a very own balance. Listen, Brad, I'm up against the clock quickly. I just in 60 seconds. I want to ask you why Biden would do this again and let's I want your opinion. On the bottom line. Is this about globalization being in bed with more crooks? Because Democrats love to pad their own pockets with power and money? Is this. The reason to get back into this thing is their benefit to Biden or anybody. Besides, you know, padding their pockets is. Is this a good move for the United States? No, it's not a good move. It's a combination of wishful thinking, thinking they can go in there and change things just by being in the room in second, it's Ah, It's about virtue, signaling cell telling other countries that President Biden is not President Trump. That's the bottom line here. Amen. All right. Well, thank you so much. I appreciate your bread. We will have you back. I hate to rush you like this, But we're up against the clock. 6 49, Now Alabama's morning news the weekend here. And some new movies. We'll take a look with Kevin Flanagan next a year right now, Stop it! Gen. $6, Papa! Dear. Us any side this side that side all the sides for just $6. That's a lot of side.
UK economy shrinks 9.9%, biggest annual decline on record
"Last year, the largest annual decline it has ever recorded. All details from our economics correspondent and Walker. Britain is one of the country's hardest hit by the pandemic in terms of deaths on also is the new figures show in terms of the economic consequences. Declined for the full year of 9.9% is likely to be larger than the other members of the G seven group of leading developed countries, Although among other large economies outside the group, Spain has seen an even deeper decline. There was some growth at the end of the year in Britain, but more severe restrictions on activity have come into force, which mean a further contraction in the first three months of 2021 is likely. The U. N Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on the
Biden announces sanctions on Myanmar coup leaders
"President Joe Biden's issuing an executive order to sanction those behind the February 1st coup data in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma, ahead of his first visit to the Pentagon since taking office by and announce that the order against Myanmar will prevent military leaders from accessing a billion dollars in funds held in the U. S. By this administration is also working on building an international response to the crisis. Last week, United States helped bring together the U. N Security Council, which issued a strong statement in support of Burmese democracy. And this week we will use our renewed engagement on the Human Rights Council to strengthen the world's commitment to human rights in Burma in the days since the coup against Nobel laureate Aung San Souci and other elected leaders. Myanmar's military has been cracking down on dissent, but that has not stopped people in Myanmar from staging large protests.
Biden administration to "reengage" with U.N. Human Rights Council
"By administration moved to rejoin at the. Un's human rights council yesterday in a reversal of trump's departure from it. Three years ago conservatives have criticized this group or focusing proportionately on israel's human rights abuses accounting authoritarian nations like china russia and venezuela as members. Biden's state department said that the council needs to be reformed and that. Us involvement can help in that process.
Biden administration to "re-engage" with U.N. Human Rights Council
"And I'm very Louise Kelly. The Biden administration is taking a new approach to the United Nations, so it wants to make sure it has a seat at the table at U. N agencies that the Trump administration left that includes the Human Rights Council in Geneva as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. The Trump Administration denounced the Human Rights Council as a quote cess pool of political bias. The Biden administration says the 2018 decision to pull out left a vacuum often filled by authoritarian countries. The diplomat representing the U. S in Geneva now Marcus are announced today that the U. S. Is rejoining first as an observer. We know that this body has the potential to be an important forum for those fighting teary and injustice around the world. Being president of the table. We seek to ensure it can live up to that potential. There are many human rights crises that could be discussed there. A military coup in Myanmar a crackdown on protesters in Belarus and Russia. Then there's Iran. The repression is at an all time high for the past 15 16 years I have covered it that Tutti Guy Amy, who runs the New York based Center for Human Rights in Iran, he says the U. S absence from the council was felt back in 2019 when there was a deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran. That was something that the Human Rights Council if it had its center of gravity should have immediately moved to an emergency session for it. It did not happen. The Trump administration blasted Iran for the violence, but Gammy says it would have been more effective if it had done so with others on the Human Rights Council. Trump's former U. N. Ambassador Nikki Haley accuses the council of covering for dictators and being biased against Israel, she says it's sad to see the Biden administration give it legitimacy. Eileen Donahoe has a different perspective. She was Obama's ambassador there and said U S leadership made a difference. We got a special rapid tour focus specifically on Iran. There was a commission of inquiry on North Korea. We got multiple special sessions on Syria, which meant that the focus on Israel decreased dramatically without the U. S. There, she said Via Skype, China has upped its game. Avoiding scrutiny of its crackdown in Hong Kong and with the U. S. Calls a genocide against Muslim
US moves to rejoin UN rights council.
"The biden administration is set to announce this week that it will re engage with the much-maligned un human rights council that former president. Donald trump withdrew from almost three years ago. Us officials said yesterday the decision reverses. Another trump era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements secretary of state anthony blinken and a senior s diplomat in geneva will announced today that washington will return to the geneva based body as an observer with an eye toward seeking election as a full member. The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro israel community trump pulled out of the world body's main human rights agency in twenty thousand eighteen due to its disproportionate. Focus on israel which is received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country as well as the number of authoritarian countries among its members and because it failed to meet an extensive list of reforms demanded by the then. Us ambassador to the united nations nikki haley. In addition to the council's persistent israel. The trump
Diplomats Return To State Department As Biden Administration Begins
"The new administration is also promising to rebuild the State Department. They've brought back some diplomats who were forced out in the early days of the Trump administration to help But there are big gaps to fill as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports and Morita tourist served for a decade in the foreign service until she quit just over a year ago. She says she was just too frustrated with the Trump administration, pulling out of international organizations and sidelining career diplomats. At the time I was serving at the U. S mission to the U. N So had a front row seat to this isolation. So you know from the Paris accords, so leaving the Human Rights Council and also just the day to day sort of instructions. We were getting really to treat. Many of our allies like anniversaries were engaging with them and dialogue. We were bullying our way through for Chris Richardson. His concern started when Trump ran for president talking about banning Muslims from coming to the U. S. Have been horrified by that, and then he got elected and you know we did this to send cable against it. But my issue was is that after the dissent cable came out, we all kind of just moved on to the next outrage. But I never got over that outrage. Richardson and immigration lawyer left the foreign service in 2018 and got involved in lawsuits against Trump's travel ban. He even wrote in affidavit that made its way to the Supreme Court. So for me I felt that I needed to get out there. I needed Teofilo and I needed to stand up for American principles because I thought that then President Trump had gone so dangerously astray. From what our values and what our character is. As a country that I needed to make a stand. Biden has reversed the ban and has talked about the need to rebuild the State Department. Richardson, who's black. Says the problems that state are deeper than trump. He's worried about the lack of diversity. Tourists whose Puerto Rican agrees. We're facing a huge diversity deficit and a brain drain at the State Department. So I do think it's important that we look back and see and try and recruit those who have left to come back to show that, you know. Actually, this is not how the State Department typically runs President Biden has brought back some divers, former foreign service officers tapping Linda Thomas Greenfield to be the next U. S ambassador to the U. S. And as Rose, a A to be an undersecretary of state. Those are political appointees. There are stricter rules about bringing career diplomats back into the foreign service and 35 year. Veteran diplomat Tom Countryman says the secretary of state has to be judicious in combining Promotions for those who have labored in the vineyard under very difficult circumstances the last four years. As well as bringing back those of exceptional quality. It's gotta be a mixture of both countrymen was among those forced to retire at the start of the Trump administration. He encouraged other career foreign service officers to stay saying a foreign policy without professionals is an amateur one. I'm happy that their hard work and their patriotism will again be respected. Rather than denigrated by the White House. At his confirmation hearing, senators question Tony Blinken on how he will overcome the partisanship of Mike Pompeo is 10 Year at the department. It's not simply a matter of bringing people back filling the slots there no empty Is making sure that the best of our ability we're building a workforce that has skill said To deal with the incredibly complex challenges we're facing that are very different. Then the challenges we faced in previous generations. That means experts and global health and climate and technology, he said. He also vowed to focus on the department's diversity deficit and get back to its non partisan tradition. Michele Kelemen NPR news, the State
UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray
"Of people continue to be arrested every week during demonstrations in belarus where protesters have been systematically and violently dispersed. Un human rights chief. Michelle bachelet said on friday addressing. The human rights council in geneva the high commissioner for human rights expressed deep concern about use of force violations by security forces misbash lead he maintained that the situation in belarus had seen no improvement since protesters began contesting the result of presidential elections in august said that reportedly one thousand people were arrested on the eighth of november and seven hundred on the fifteenth. She told member states. That allegations of injuries caused by crowd dispersal measures and ill-treatment during arrests have continued to emerge and that at least four people had
Nobel Peace Prize recognition is an amazing day, saysUN food agency
"The announcement that the UN. World. Food program or W P as one the twenty twenty Nobel Peace Prize is being described as an amazing day for its workers in the field. Put their lives on the line to help at risk communities. That's the message from Matthew Lyndale head of the agency's South Sudan operation in these interview with your. News Johnson. He's been explaining how the one thousand in two hundred strong humanitarian team there has been helping communities hit by the worst flooding in decades ongoing violence. So we're thrilled today to have received the Nobel Peace Prize for Twenty Twenty there are a thousand, two, hundred, and fifty will food program start working in south Sudan. Relieve your hunger for and feed more than five million people a year and clearly south Sudan for the World Food Program is one of the most complex operations. A country that's face decades of violence. But it's also having to Manage Economic Downturn Cove nineteen locust infestation more violence which continues persistently and now more recently floods have affected more than eight hundred, thousand people. So for all of WFP in south Sudan a country where we were very hard to to demonstrate the link between violence and hunger and try and stop that link rake that that relationship so that we can actually change people's lives for the better future for us. This is just an amazing day. It is certainly excellent use agency for the more than twelve hundred workers on the ground. You say, maybe you could give me some insight into what they're doing not just in terms of the emergency following the devastating flooding that had which has been the worst in decades. I remember you briefing is just a couple of weeks ago on this, but also in terms of the development projects on the ground to help. Resilience for these communities can go home. So in South Sudan Kaley, there is a massive emergency failure of work given the enormity of the food insecurity problem that the country faces and only in the last five years we faced thirty one pockets of famine. It gives you an idea about how significant the problem is here, but it's not the only problem that we need to face and it's not an emergency response is not the only tool. In all too. But obviously what we're also trying to tune in south Sudan is really the poster child for bringing Emergency Response Development activities and this building activities together as warm and part of that obviously is to change the fundamental problems that are faced by so many south Sydney citizen's issues of isolation, the issues of inequality and yet criti- and marginalization all of which creates the breeding ground or conflict and violence. So through our programs where we`re Supporting rural farmers to be more productive to have enough food for their own communities. But more importantly to create a surplus that they can trade with other communities to link those communities together to link farmer's markets and other markets and thereby creating a positive relationship across ethnic divides US Mutiti divides. Can Act they bring people together these. These that we want to invest more. Easily. Recognized I think in this these fries today and it's not just south Saddam redoing these things but also fundamentally desperately trying to show but those that would manipulate burst the time and have manipulated in the past I held accountable so that this change in south Sudan, it's a country that frankly we've been in for fifty years too long and we aim to make sure that we are not needed in this country. We've talked to make those linkages between development aid and is go and obviously we wish you very best to that and your teams in very difficult circumstances millions have been experiencing displacement and conflicts just last week the Human Rights Council highlighted a report that talked about the use of starvation. As a weapon of war, we've heard even worse than that soldiers being offered the chance to rape women in communities in you of payment I mean, you just can't imagine the kind of conditions. But when you go into a community with the WFP Bana, what is it that the agency brings? What is the agency's added value? So in South Sudan because we've built relationships with communities of the decades of presence here because we are, you know twelve hundred plus strong organization with presence across ten states and a deep relationship with the communities we serve where known entity and we have the logistics tools in our toolbox to be able to access areas. We the helicopters, planes, all-terrain vehicles, canoes, bogs, boats you. We have an enduring sir. We're able to meet people's needs when they're the worst, but we're also able to support organizations other organizations as well as community leaders themselves to make a difference in their communities. So what we are. From perspective able to do is anyone really Priam? Times as a facilitator to bring you a organizations to bring communities together that typically have had problems coming together in this country since twenty eleven since its independence country who vicious periods of civil war and has persistent national conflict local conflict walk WFP has is now trying to do is trying to ensure that our food security presence. Can Be used by other partners because we in this on our own to really facilitate a change in this environment, a fundamental change in what is causing an enabling violence to contain one
UN General Assembly: US-China tensions flare over coronavirus
"Pandemic is a test of international cooperation. One, the U. N secretary general says the world is failing is NPR's Michelle Kellerman reports that failure Was on display at the ongoing General Assembly. The secretary general is trying to use this virtual General Assembly to get countries to work together to fight the pandemic and many other global challenges. But one Security Council debate showed just how hard this will be. You know shame on each of you. I am astonish, and I'm disgusted. That's the U. S ambassador to the U. N. Kelly Craft accusing her colleagues, though not naming, which ones of playing politics with covert 19 members of the council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand. My goodness Craft defended the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the World Health Organization and said China should be held to account for quote, unleashing this plague onto the world. China's Ambassador John Joon, says the US is just trying to blame others for its own failings. The United the States has been spread in political virus on this information. And for 18 confrontation on division. Up to that point, it had been a rather dry Security Council meeting about global governance in the wake of covert 19. There was a lot of talk about multilateralism and a few veiled swipes at the Trump Administration's America first approach, Kraft said. The U. S has given you n agencies $900 million to counter the pandemic and compared that to others on the Security Council. NYU's year 4.6 million South Africa 8.4 million Indonesia five million. The US does give more to the U. N than other, says Richard Gallon of the International Crisis Group. But this is not just about money. Foreign diplomats had grown accustomed to trump attacking. Yuen arrangements like the Paris climate deal on mechanisms like the Human Rights Council. But they were genuinely shocked the Washington would walk away from the W. H O during a global pandemic. Speaking via Skype, he said diplomats are worried about what he calls a nasty fight between the US and China as Beijing tries to increase its influence in the world body on a day to day basis, Chinese diplomats in New York are often Very assertive, increasingly hard line and sometimes bullying colleagues from smaller countries. The reality is that for most members of the U. N, neither the US nor China Is offering an attractive vision of the future of multilateralism and the world needs multilateral solutions on a range of issues beyond the pandemic, says Latisha Courtois, who represents the International Committee of the Red Cross. She's raising the alarms about the forgotten conflicts from Yemen to this, the hell region of Africa has a triple threat of climate conflict and called it mansions. And for that they need to be a collective approach. The U. N Secretary General Antonio Guterres made the same appeal all week, reminding diplomats that the World Sol a previous period of fragmentation a century ago. The result was the first World War. Followed by the seconds. Over. 19 is casting a dark shadow across the world. And he called the band eh Mika warning that must spur US toe action. Michelle Kelemen. NPR news, the State Department
Belarus crisis under the spotlight at Human Rights Council
"The Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on the deteriorating situation in Belarus after the UN's deputy human rights chief called on the government to end violent crackdowns under increasing repression against protestors still contesting the result of last month's presidential election at the end of a memorable day of back and forth between the council president and delegations featuring more than a dozen points of order by delegations who questioned the right of some of. Those addressing the council to speak the geneva-based forum finally adopted the resolution on the deteriorating right situation. It passed by twenty-three votes for two against and twenty two EPS tensions delivering a statement for you and high. Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet her deputy Nodar al-Nashiri said that despite violence by state security officers and thousands of arrests peaceful mass demonstrations have continued. We witness thousands of arrests, hundreds of reports of torture and other ill-treatment including sexual violence and the reported torture of children. The violent abduction of people in broad daylight by masked individuals presumably on the basis of their peacefully expressed opinions, harassment intimidation pressure, and reported expulsion from Belarus of members of the opposition. Including the members of the Coordination Council should stop successive you and special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Belarus had consistently described a deeply oppressive environment for human rights in the country Ms. Al-Nashif noted
Venezuela: UN investigators accuse authorities of crimes against humanity
"And his government are responsible for crimes against humanity is include torture, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and sexual violence. Is allegations in a new report out this week from the U. N Human Rights Council. That report was based on nearly 3000 interviews, cases and other evidence in the report. Experts conclude, Maduro and his ministers were aware of these crimes which were carried out by security forces and intelligence agencies. Those experts say anyone responsible should be held accountable to prevent this from ever happening again. Last night. President Trump heading out to Pennsylvania,
Belarus concerns lead opening session of Human Rights Council
"U. N member states gathered in person in Geneva on Monday for a new session of the human rights. Council it's work began with a decision to hold an urgent debate on the situation in Belarus leading the request the European Union delegation highlighted what it called a steep deterioration of the human rights situation in the country before and after the disputed presidential election in August the development follows condemnation of violence against demonstrators in Belarus since the August presidential election by you and rights chief Michelle Bachelet over the weekend UN secretary. General. Antonio Guterres also expressed concern about the use of force against peaceful. Protesters and detentions. The delegation for Belarus rejected the proposed debate citing outside interference. Here's at Germany's ambassador Mikail von ongoing. Sternberg. Representing the European Union the enforced disappearances force abductions and expulsions and arbitrary detentions continue to take place every day in Belarus in past days, we have witnessed a further escalation of violence and intimidation against members of the Coordination Council and other representatives of civil society. The opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was abducted and journalists lost their accurately -tations. Therefore, the situation on the ground clearly warrants an urgent debate the Human Rights Council should not stay silent on this matter after a successful vote, it was decided to hold the urgent debate this.
"human rights council" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio
"Slater. AM seven sixty talk and breaking news. Jack. The other day. Steffes instagram. I pulled him. The other day. I casually mentioned hey, like, maybe we should start playing Christmas bumpers like a week away. So Eric either plays grandma got run over by reindeer or signs up. Make you cry. The full gamut pretty place and Bing Crosby just be done with it. Well, we've gone through quite a bit of Bing Crosby, and there's no more. For half a show. That's not true. Mike, I stayed over the good employees that I am. And I helped run the winter bills show. So. Played a couple of Christmas tunes. They're probably gave him the good stuff. Can't. Through my leftovers here. Speaking of leftovers. I have a hodgepodge here. Gentlemen, we do a little hodgepodge a wraparound is that what they do. Usually, we do a hodgepodge on Fridays. But we're nearing the end of the year. So I got I got a bunch hodgepodge. You remember back in? We're larry. So here we have. This is a new this is the new appointments. For the United Nations. Human Rights Council. All right. So this is the part of the United Nations the countries that are Human Rights Council. These are the people who would be most concerned about human rights issues around the world, right? Keeping other countries who maybe are not as concerned accountable on this topic. So here the some of the nation's on the UN Human Rights Council, Cuba. China. And gola. Burundi didn't know that was the thing Barandy, but Burundi, but maybe couldn't couldn't get within ten thousand miles of where that is Pakistan Venezuela. The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Afghanistan. And Saudi Arabia. Let's here for this year's United Nations. Two of human rights group people concerned countries. Buzzfeed version is what is that? So we'll file that one under the everything is backwards category. Can we do that? That's like one of those ones. If the president, and they brief me like well who's in it? Now, not not even need to know what it is. We got Cuba dice Iraq. Iraq. Okay. There you go. There's one hodgepodge there hodgepodge is because they didn't really say. That's what gets you into hodgepodge category. Here's the story of someone who was applying for a marriage license in Washington DC there from New Mexico. I don't know how that works. I don't know why you do that in DC if you were from New Mexico, but whatever. DC's weird. They have weird rules. But thanks because they're not really a state. So the clerk at the marriage license counter would not accept this man's driver's license from New Mexico as proof of his identity, rather the clerk who mistakenly believed he was a foreign citizen said he would have to provide an international passport to get the marriage license after he objected to the clerk went to check with a supervisor who confirmed that indeed. Yes, he needed a passport. So you think the clerk thought New Mexico was a different country. He said he was from the state of New Mexico, and they thought that that was like someplace like broody, or whatever whatever country. I just mispronounced never heard of it. New Mexico password. Sushi he said, you know, you're in flyover country when you're applying for a marriage license. Give them your New Mexico's driver's license. And they come back and say, my supervisor says, we cannot accept international driver's licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport? That's pretty bad. Now. I'm no genius with the maps, but isn't New Mexico down by warez is that? It's over here. If that's what you made this. It's closer to warez soundbites at least go. No. It's not the state that borders. Yes. On this side of the Mississippi. If that's what you all. Yeah. Yeah. Eric, Eric who truly doesn't know that it was in North Dakota and North Carolina. I think at least knows that those are states. Yes. Yeah. So this is actually interesting Eric can't point to any state on a map. But I'm pretty sure do think you could name all fifty states if we gave you enough time. Oh, man. That's tricky. Maybe the first few. What have you because I know a little tune that gets me through the first few. Let's see it's Alabama Alaska. Arizona Arkansas, California, Colorado. The first few kinetic kit. First of all what kind of song is an. Geographic order Oregon's Oregon. Wow. Yeah. So. Definitely a state that Eric desert knows a state like if we were like, do, you know, like Wyoming, and he's like what's that? There's definitely one of those. What what have we did it this way? What if miles, and I named through names out could you tell us if it's a state or not? Yeah. Most likely sure, I think yeah. Let's go with that. Okay. So if I said. Jefferson. Was that a state or not that would not be a state? Okay. So you're good with that. Okay. Okay. I've got one hundred percent. Great work. Excellent. Excellent work. Okay. Let's next hodgepodge. Eric do we have twenty one sixty one? This is a California congressman Ted lieu. We can apply. This to the opening segment is our that elections have consequences this, California. Congressman I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. So he continues on with his sentence. But is there really anything that could be said after that that would make that not horrible? How how do you follow up that opening the only way you can make it worse is if he said, and luckily, I found a way. I think you're right. All right. Let's continue on I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech the first amendment prevents.
"human rights council" Discussed on Lovett or Leave It
"Announce his intention to the door three Brown's the envelope. The US announced its intention to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council and Milania were photographed wearing a jacket with a text. I really don't care. Do you? But he got Thomas. He says he's going to change it. All right. I got letter human rights Malania. Last minute. I got that last one I had UN Human Rights Council letter jacket. Rub it in Astle. I remember the jacket because we did the show in Nashville when you were the Jack. Putting it together using clues using contacts. How how did that place? The giant letter in time for you well at the end of June, and then I don't know the month was binding kind of question. The. Allison mack. And actress from the show smallville it's arrested and charged with conspiracy and sex driving after being caught helping to run a sex cult in New York state. That was a weird story. Weird story. You're sorry. John's like, what are you talking about a pasture dies on south west airlines after a window shattered, and they were sucked out. And Andrew McCabe, former director or the deputy director of the FBI is dismissed his days before he was set to retire with a pension the reason given was lack of candor, but McKay said it was retribution for his role in the Russia investigation. Was it Alison met? What was the order of southwest? Allison Mack, Andrew McCabe. Pretty Tommy Allison Mack Southwest Airlines, McCabe MAC, McCabe planned, it was McCabe plane MAC, but you guys did so well, but John is up by one point. And therefore he's won that game. How's your? Now worth. Now, if you want before you go we can do the tiebreaker that never was here's what you have to do each of you. I'm going to say an event, and you have to say what month it happened. Oh, good. Okay. Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica March correct brute. Wow, Rudy Giuliani is Buddha Yankee Stadium, June is His made. may end of may so close you really work closing may twenty easing up a A little. little meat. Trump orders air strikes in Syria may April get a shot. You gotta gone gone. I'm so sorry. Tommy, Trump orders air strikes in Syria, April you got it in your face. John. The New York Times publishes its massive investigation into Trump's wealth and tanks games. So timber October. Gotta tommy. Because it was in the midst of the cavenaugh. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Trump announces the largest ever sanctions against North Korea. Who February got it? Tommy is fucking crushing the lightning round. And finally, Joe Biden. And then Trump both argue over who would win in a fistfight. February. I was gonna say April it was March, right? Oh, I'm going to say, Tom he came from behind and that lightning round. But guys give it up or John and Tommy. I'm going to call it a tie. Thank you for being here. Thank you. I'm not gonna make anyone say that sentence. Guys, give it up for John. And tommy. When we come back the red we own. Don't go anywhere. Love it or leave it. It was more on the way love it or leave. It is brought to you by the New York Times crossword, you know, that the New York Times crossword now as many puzzle I said, why did you want to do? It was really fun. So Tommy is gonna here's what we're gonna do. Tommy is going to read the ad. I'm going to start a mini puzzle. And we're gonna see if I can beat it before we get to the end of the copy today is Tuesday, ready, set go the New York Times crossword, mini puzzle is the perfect fit for when you're looking for smart way. But I'm just one very couple of minutes having fun. Second one. Very each many puzzle helps you stay sharp during way time break time or anytime you want a worthwhile few minutes, four cruising cruising dive into.
"human rights council" Discussed on The Young Turks
"Back in April of two thousand eighteen a poll from Quinnipiac found that she still had a seventy five to nine approval rating among Republicans and fifty five twenty three rating among Democrats, even that is a very popular Republican despite the fact that she has been serving with Donald Trump. So there are a few theories. One of the big ones is some sort of internal, either power struggle or philosophical set of agreements between herself and one or more other people working in foreign policy in the Trump administration. Generally, the names that come up are John Bolton or in some cases previously with with Tillerson, but then Pompeo later on. And so one of the quotes we have for that is coming from John Hudson who said that Haley had an increasingly diminished role as Pompeo filled the Tillerson vacuum bolts and asserted himself on you. NS us and the US began withdrawing from key institutions and programs chipping away at her. Clout. Haley's influence at UN was blunted by Trump policy decisions that many other nations oppose including recognizing Jerusalem as these. Israeli capital cutting aid to Palestinians and announcing a US UN. Sorry, US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, notably, Haley supported those moves. Yeah. Okay. So half of that makes sense. The internal fighting the other half is the kind of thing that reporters right in Washington that actually has no effect whatsoever. And it's mending to me that they in some ways, I almost to be honest. Okay. So she had didn't have enough clout in the United Nations because we were ostracizing ourselves from the rest of the world. And so that bothered note didn't as he said at the very end of the tweet, she supported every one of those moves at Ostrava ostracized us. She's an enthusiastic supporter of killing the human rights commission, not participating in it protecting Israel's right-wing government under any and all circumstances. I mean, you name it atrocious, right? Wing position. She loves it, supports it full heartedly like. You'd think she's bothered that what that the Palestinians don't like her as much or France does not give an clout in the United Nations. She doesn't care about that at all. Not one percent. It's a preposterous thing to even discuss in light of resignation, Tiffany, hilly resigned because she was worried about what Indonesia thinks of her. Really? Okay. No, that's not the answer. Okay. Well, it's one of the ones. So one of the big theories coming out of her resignation is that Nikki Haley might be looking to other political offices and either she wants time to build up a donor base, make connections and all that, or she feels.
"human rights council" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"The values of democracy sometimes not the like minded on what we should, do about particular issues but it's a forum where we can raise. These issues in at we also participate the open government partnership, for John corruption issues which tend to go hand in hand with. The human rights violations We're able to get people focused on that and try to get action in Sri Lanka for example worse, bilateral assistance were supporting the government's national action plan to combat corruption In another. Piece that we use is we. Have a leadership in the State Department of combating threats to internet freedom and we do this we we have sort. Of a diplomatic side it's called the freedom online coalition but we also have a programmatic side where we finance, research and development on how you get around the blocking tools some of these really bad governments use to keep their people from being able to. Access the internet without censorship Michael, Kozak of the State Department bureau of democracy and a discussion on the, US withdraw from the, UN Human Rights Council at the. Heritage Foundation and as a consequence of, that we have literally tens of millions of people now successfully using those tools but it's. A constant, it's, a cat and mouse game the bad guys come up with the Countermeasures to what we've figured, out so we're always trying to, think ahead of them and have new new absolutely can put out there in the world on the world are trying to harness the business sectors, across the world so. We, have like the guiding principles on business. And human rights and there are. Always guidelines voluntary principles and human rights initiative these are all different coalitions of multinational enterprises and you get together and. Try to set some standards for businesses and how they're gonna be on human rights the great advantage of this, is what we're trying to do is get other countries to bring their business conduct up to the level of ours our businesses are otherwise kind. Of disadvantaged of there being good, corporate citizens and somebody else is using forced labor or something like that, it gets a disadvantage, for them so it's it's both. Doing good but it also helps are Our businesses do well Finally we, as investor, Haley mentioned you know there are other. Parts of the UN third committee is a place where we, have for years run. Strong human rights resolutions and sometimes it's been a toss, up whether, it was you know more productive to run it in the third committee or in, the Human Rights Council you'd look at voting patterns and everything else will now that. That question is resolved. It'll be third committee, whenever that question arises Security Council issue mentioned. They got really an important initiative that the masters taken there, because they've been this. Argument for years that the Security Council was about threats, to peace, and security and what we're saying is human rights abuse is a threat to peace, and security as we've seen over and over and over again you need to deal. With it before it. Becomes a Connecticut threat We also remain active in, the general assembly ACA sock and. Other parts of it will maintain our partnership with the office of the High Commissioner of human rights. That's a body that pre existing Human Rights Council and. You know we if we can work with them to make progress on some of these things will. Will do, that but that's, where we, are in terms of our global promotion of human rights the stuff we do. Bilaterally stuff we do multi-laterally the stuff we can do through sanctions and and other forms, of of concrete pressure but I would observe in this just to close it we've tried being in or out of the Human Rights Council has not fixed the. Human Rights Council we've I've as Kim mentioned we've we've we've both all three of. Us have been involved in both directions on that, so we need to do if we're going to bring about change We need to think of something more that we can. Do to try to change attitudes in to get the the institutional changes we need so from that. Standpoint we would be very, very interested, in hearing from all of you if you've got ideas and suggestions that we. Can take back and try to formulate into our policy without me.
"human rights council" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Sure you've guessed by now, then, as Walea sits on the Human Rights Council In the end. The United States couldn't convince enough countries the stand up and declare that the. Human Rights Council was no longer. Worthy of its name why this happened is telling The first and most, obvious reason is it a thorough -tarian regimes are happy with the status quo many seek membership to protect their own and their allies. Human rights records from scrutiny Russia China Cuba in Egypt they all benefit from making a mockery of the Human, Rights Council so it's no surprise that they openly resisted. Our efforts to reform it What was, more baffling with the resistance we received from groups and countries pitch. Should know better from those who believe in human rights and human dignity First there were the non governmental institutions or NGOs the. Private groups that usually do good work on the half of human rights they, agreed with the need to keep human rights violators off of the council so. You can imagine our surprise when they came out publicly against our reforms telling other countries to vote against us Groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Cited with Russia and China on a critical human rights issue and I'll let, you be the judge of their reasoning The NGOs were, afraid, that opening up the Human Rights Council to changes would result in hostile amendments and, the general assembly that would make the council even worse Think about that I I can Their view is that a bad situation can't be. Improved because it. Could, get worse This is yet another. Example of the world's worst human rights regimes calling the shots at the United. Nations these NGOs unwillingness to challenge the status quo also comes from their institutional comforts they have. Big staffs and lots of relationships with the UN bureaucracy change is threatening to them If we approached everything with their attitude nothing would ever improve and complacency would rule the day Even more troubling was the pro human rights countries that refused to speak up these are countries that in quiet. Off the record conversations share our embarrassment and concern with the actions and inactions of the, council they, told us in confidence that they too are disgusted with countries like Cuba in Venezuela. Saudi Arabia and the Congo serving, on the council as well as the constant attacks on Israel we gave them opportunity after opportunity, but after months of agreeing with us on all of the flaws of the Human Rights. Council they would not take stand unless, it was behind closed. Doors and out of public view These countries share our belief in the inherent dignity of every human being And, yet they lack the courage to. Make a difference they have a voice they just refuse to use it On June nineteenth secretary Pompeii on I made an announcement that the United States, was withdrawing from Human Rights Council many of our friends. Urged us to stay. For the sake of the institution The United States they said provided the last shred of credibility the council head But that was precisely while we withdrew the right to speak freely to associate. And worship freely to. Determine your own future to, be equal before. The law, these are sacred rights we take. These rights seriously To seriously to allow them to be cheapened financed the tuition. Especially one that calls. Itself the Human Rights Council No one should, make the mistake of acquainting membership in the Human Rights Council with the support for human rights to this day. The United States does more for human rights both inside the UN and around the, world than any, other country and we will continue to do that We just won't do it inside a council that consistently fails because of. Human rights we've already begun to make the case for human rights and that it should be addressed in the UN Security Council in New York last year during the. US presidency we held the first ever Security Council session, dedicated to the connection between human rights and peace security the fighting instability that has. Spilled over the borders of countries like, Syria and Burma began with extreme or massive allegations of. Human rights of the people of those countries human rights violators deserve our condemnation on their own terms but they also often lead, to conflicts which threaten the peace of an entire region when we act to protect human rights we act to, prevent conflict just this month we successful Fought back Russian and..
"human rights council" Discussed on Pat Gray Unleashed
"I love that. So she was she was speaking at the Heritage Foundation and and discussed it. Let's let's take a look at what she had to say. The Human Rights Council has provided cover not on a nation for the world's most inhumane regimes. It has been a bully pulpit for human rights violators and the Human Rights Council has been not a place of conscience at a place of politics. It is focused its attention unfairly and relentlessly on Israel me. Now it has ignored the misery inflicted Bauer, James in Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and China judged. How far it has fallen short of its promise. The Human Rights Council is the United Nations greatest failure. Nice, nice. But that in your pipe, I mean, gee, nails it. The Human Rights Council was contain yearly continually attacking Israel over and over and over. So of course there's going to be a certain percentage of the population on this planet that believes Israel is committing atrocities against the Palestinians because one of the Palestinians ever cited for anything, never they're not. They're just not. And you've got people on the win when the Human Rights Council is at its worst was when I think Syria shared the Human Rights Council, Syria is the head of the Human Rights Council yet because, well, they take turns, they take turns and it's serious. Turn. And put a terrorist nation at the head of the Human Rights Council. Okay. Libya had a turn as well back in the day. Yeah, they did. I mean, come unbelievable. But she had more to say here Chee. Talked about the human rights cuss a little bit more here on June nineteenth, secretary Pompeii on. I made in amount that the United States was withdrawn from the Human Rights Council. Many of our friends urged us to stay for the sake of the institution. The United States, they said, provided the last shred of credibility. The council head. But that was precisely while we withdrew dice. That's nice. I love it. She continues to rock. She's really good is really good. You need somebody who's not in Amherst with the UN to be the UN ambassador because the UN sucks. And then you need to shut the doors of that frequent place and tell them to get off our gun it. That's what you need to do. We need to get out of the u. n. and then get the UN out of the US. That's all. Go ahead and do your cute little league of nations thing over in Europe. It worked so well, the first time it's the UN might even be worse than the league of nations. Get out, get out, get out, go put it in Belgium, or Denmark, or Sweden, or whatever. Shangrila socialist, Bob Hope country. Yeah, I go ahead just go over there and do your little thing. Get out, get out. Wait. Are you talking about the UN? Are we talking about Jeffey? Well, I'm looking at Jeffey, but I'm thinking of the UN couldn't tell, but it's a. Hey, buddy. We're looking at Jeffey perhaps made the language..
"human rights council" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville
"Un sanctions against iran nuclear linked has been lifted with the passage of the iran nuclear deal and even with the us pulling out of that deal those sanctions have not been reimposed and won't be the problem is that the us unilateral sanctions that are not explicitly linked to the to the nuclear question those remain in place and other nations end up being accountable to that because they're afraid sometimes that if they're banks for instance are willing to trade with companies in iran or if they're willing to by iranian goods or sell goods to iran that somehow they will pay a price in their ability to trade with the us because the us puts in place these unilateral moves as they've done with cuba and other countries where they say for example with cruise ships any cruise ship that goes that stops in a cuban port is barred from coming to the united states for at least six months so when cruise line owners are figuring out there temporaries they have to weigh what's the value of going to cuba versus going to this much bigger market in the united states so even though it's not supported by the united nations it's not a un decision it's opposed massively in the un it's still ends up having a multilateral impact because of the power of the us economy what about venezuela the united states has vigorously i've been trying to overthrow the government of venezuela on a recent report showed that the venezuelan elections democratic in the world but the united states says no that it's madeira dictatorship what does the human rights council say about that if anything i don't think i'm not aware of anything from the human rights council i mean i think there are different assessments of of the developments of the bolivarian revolution in in venezuela since the death of chavez and medeiros a session i mean i don't think that's a settled question among progressives but i don't think that there's been an effort to use the human rights council per se as a venue for that secretary of state mike pompeo when the united states made the announcement about pulling out of the human rights council he denounced it for being shameless hypocrites and he said that it contains some of the world's most serious offenders sitting on the castle itself is that true you know it's so ironic and has included some of the worst offenders including the united states so has that been true ever of course it has the reality is that most of the regional groups that's the way the un is organized it's as as i mentioned earlier it's a it's a holdover from the cold war you have these groups that were really not geographic like latin america is a group but north america is not a group north america has mexico in with black america and the us and canada part of this weird we odd group western europe and others and then you have a whole separate group for eastern europe which would not ordinarily big enough for its own group you don't have a middle east group you have asia and africa you know so you have some huge groups and then some smaller groups it's a very weird setting but most of them have their decision making in terms of who sits on the council on a rotational basis so every country sets whether it has a good or bad record so you can have who's becca stan sitting on the council as as likely as you're gonna have sweden sitting on the council so at various times every country in the world practically has been on the council so you.
"human rights council" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"And people who really represent the interests of of their of their districts for what would be their distancing our chairman and they think the media aren't walkie i it's not it's not you know those leads the league but i think it's really really important and adam i'm going to jump in just because you're line is really difficult to understand but i took away the the point of what you're saying jack may come to you on this i mean there's adam talking about gerrymandering is being the most important story out there or one of the most important stories out there that is not covered well but it sort of underlies so much of the political dysfunction that we have in this country what what do you think about that idea onto something and i'd like to see some studies on how states that use commissions i think i alwa is the outstanding example how much more competitive there congressional elections are then in states that have a partisan gerrymandering so it can be done reforms can be made however you know the senate is not gerrymandered and the senate is as it isn't as polarized as the house but the rural urban split the conservative liberal split is is is very strong in the senate and the the political fear of the trump base that keeps house republicans loyal to mr trump center senate senators feel that too so i wish it was something as simple as dealing with not that it's simple but i wish it was something as l as you know mechanical as fixing districts would save us from polarization however i think the polarization is among the people not just the politicians well lisa final thought for you from you gerrymandering i mean of course gerrymandering is sort of both parties have played a big role in this fine political tradition going back a long way what's your view here i think where we are now gerrymandering will continue and it means state houses and who controls them or as important as ever let me move on in the few minutes that remain and talk about michael cohen president trump's former longtime lawyer this week he resigned from his post as national deputy finance chairman of the republican national committee saying the investigation into his contact with russia and his business dealing dealings were too much of a distraction mr cohen also interestingly criticized the trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the southern border lisa let me come to you first what's the significance of this and there are other layers to this story is well well many are wondering if mister cohn who is clearly under quite a lot of investigative heat and potentially pressure is is going to turn and testify against his longtime employer mr trump and it was unusual for him to so openly break with mr trump on anything now as part of that letter he also indicated that the scrutiny he's under was another reason that he is leaving the rnc but he went out of his way to criticize the child seperation policy and new people are wondering if that's a signal but i think the other thing to watch and i know the show has covered this in the past is this idea that perhaps the trump administration wants mr cohen and others to feel that they could get a pardon later on something that rudy giuliani and the president himself have seemed to signal and and it's wonder if there's a question here of mr cohen is trying to send a message back in this letter who knows it's it's very unclear but there are increasing tea leaves we're not sure what they mean doc what are you reading these tea leaves well it was i was i was likely a little boom by mickey cohen statement he is the son of holocaust survivors and this just the the the separation of families that the border just seem to him unspeakably odious of because of that star echo so i'd say good for him for having the scruple and this comes the week you know when we're getting some light on the possible connection between russia and and the trump and mr trump big mcclatchy reports that a hundred investigated one hundred nine million dollars worth of cash sales it made all eighty six made in the.
"human rights council" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Lowest level i think in nine years and that's already hitting farmers bottom line right right now and when you look at those states that are affected soybean sorghum also is another crop that was affected very early that's a big crop in kansas i think that that community which voted in large part for mr trump is now very concerned there's a sense that hey this is gonna work out we trust him but but there's now questions as to will it work out how much time it takes for how much hit it takes on those communities is the test and i think in another couple of months we're going to see very serious problems also the the automotive sector we've already seen just today on that announcement that you mentioned the the stocks for gm and ford drop and i the they've got a real problem as well really interesting subject that will continue to monitor i want to move on and talk about gerrymandering gerrymandering and about the supreme court and two cases on partisan gerrymandering one involves a challenge to redistricting plan from the republican legislature in wisconsin the other republican challenge to a democratic plan to redraw a maryland congressional district in both cases the court declined to address the central issue so kevin d s is this the court sort of kicking the can down the road essentially what do you take away from this decision will it is in the case of political gerrymandering partisan gerrymandering but there's a case coming out of texas that hasn't been addressed yet by the supreme court and we're expecting a decision or ruling any day now that has to deal with with racial gerrymandering there's a there's a case out of texas that that alleges that re the republican legislature was purposely trying to dilute the voting strength of latinos and black folks in the state of texas it's interesting i think that when the supreme court punted on maryland and wisconsin they didn't roll this texas case in into that so it suggests to me that they're looking at it through a slightly different prison and so racial gerrymandering might actually be get different treatment than two straight up political chairman that'll be interesting to watch let's take a couple of calls on this subject nate is calling from milwaukee wisconsin nate's good to have you thanks for calling in you're on the air hi thank you for having me i see gerrymandering is very much rigged elections where our state legislature here in wisconsin does not reflect the will the people and it's the same way in a number of other states like michigan florida north carolina where we found out through this court case that they had basically promised a certain political parties that they would have minimum number of seats no matter what the voters decided no matter what the voters wanted and this is very much on purpose so right now i don't feel like we have in elected legislature your for our state and that's something that can bleed to the house of representatives as well which people are going to be looking at the small mate thanks so much for that call let me go to linda who's calling on the same subject from tampa florida linda good to have you go ahead hi i just want to obviously remind everyone that that's why we don't have any compromise in the congress is because we have gerrymandering which produces all these extremists and they don't have to compromise with anyone and therefore we don't get anything done and our president perpetuates that by addressing only his base what about the rest of us he represents all of us not just his thirty percent and i'm sorry go off topic for a second but how does the first lady even if she was poking an eye in the media that's not her position we div the media and the press when dr getting i'm glad you appreciate your your final thought there on the first lady i'm going to stick with gerrymandering just because we're trying to move a little more deeply into that subject so i appreciate your call want to take one more from adam who's calling from boston go ahead you're on the air good to have you i anthony thanks for taking my call so i want to echo a little bit of with previous caller said but i also wanna make the comment that i don't think gerrymandering story is covered while on i think it's the single most important story of the week enough the year because gerrymandering does make an impossible tomato to get elected to congress.
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"Bobby you can join the conversation as president trump doubling down on an unwinnable trade war is attorney michael cohen about to flip follow us on twitter and find us on facebook at on point radio with me as lisa desjardins from pbs newshour the houston chronicle's kevin diaz and owen point news analyst jack beatty and folks i want to talk about tariffs let's talk about what seems to be a glowing growing global trade war the european union has imposed more than three billion dollars in tariffs on american products this in response to us tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel and here's president trump during his cabinet meeting yesterday strongly criticising us trade deals their attic control how bad the in make very good and we're gonna make them fair for both countries for our country and for whichever country dealing with and they're plenty of them because they're all bad there's nothing good jack beatty when it come start you with you on this part of the conversation what do you make of what seems to be a growing trade war that donald trump seems to be doing a lot to fuel here yet and it's a it's a war against american jobs and an american consumers are at least that's what will be bras commerce secretary heard this week in a hearing he heard that from republican senators senator soon complained corn we've we'd be import all suffering market price declines senator grassley we watch the soybean market start to collapse because of these trade wars stuff senator portman oh auto and steal auto producers in ohio hit harder than any other state by the canadian retaliatory tariffs from pennsylvania hides catch up they gotta get retaliatory tariffs from georgia johnny isaacs and complaining about the cocacola's rising aluminum can cost mr trump practicing really eighteenth century economics is taking on seems to be taking on the rest of the world china to but also the american consumer and american jobs everybody agrees that is all the condiments this is going to cost far more jobs than it creates and it's going to boost prices for almost all american consumers well here's a tweet from president trump that's just come out based on the tariffs and trade barriers long place on the us and it's great companies and workers by the european union's if these tariffs and barriers are not soon broken down and removed we will be placing a twenty percent tariff on all of their cars coming into the us build them here kevin d s where do you see this going is there a path toward reconciliation here could we change the topic because this business about a trade war is really going to do damage to my retirement account and no seriously that is that is the concern of republicans especially in texas which is a very free trade kind of a state i mean agriculture and ports particularly houston and what a lot of republican lawmakers people who have stocked with with trump on everything from immigration to the the refugee crisis and all the rest of on this they're breaking with them because they're really worried that this talk of a trade war you can see what it's been doing to the stock market is going to offset the benefits that they saw of the republican tax cuts right ahead of the midterm elections in november so they're very worried about this well yesterday commerce secretary wilbur ross toll cnbc that rising tensions in trade negotiations between the us and the rest of the world will help lower trade barriers for american companies here's what he said what we have to do is create an environment where it's more painful for these parties that have these huge trade barriers both tariffs nontariff gotta make it more painful for them to keep those barriers then to get rid of them least let me come to you i mean and yet here we are european tariffs from are designed to hit products that target president trump's political base bourbon motorcycles florida orange juice does trump on a risk of paying a political price for switzer view oh absolutely it is a matter of time if these tariffs continue we will especially see an addition to those you you named the agriculture sector really have a problem and i'm already hearing from many very conservative very pro trump lawmakers who say they are worried because their phone numbers are worried we've seen in the last week soybean futures dropped to their.
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"The elections now i don't know if that's a calculation that he thinks that they'll pick up more votes in november or just thinks that this is just bad politics for republicans and its messages drop the matter but as things stand republicans yesterday afternoon after the defeat of the conservative alternative there were two gop draft bills the the conservative when one goes up i it fails then they're ready to present what's what's being characterizes a compromise which we're talking about a compromise in and among republicans because all the democrats are uniformly opposed now looks like they've put that i put it off until later in the day yesterday then they put it off until today and now they've put it off until next week and it seems to me the momentum seems to be going in the direction of no action on this legislation and what would that moderate bill do for example on the key issues are family separation on daca on the socalled dreamers and border security would it address these three things in some significant way yeah the the bill is is really just a modified version of the compromise bill on talking about now is modified version of the one that failed yesterday it supposedly covers the four pillars that president trump set out when this whole issue is being hashed out by the senate a few months ago the most important thing and the most objectional thing for democrats is that it provides about twenty five billion dollars for trump's wall you know he finally gets his wall in exchange for that he makes some concessions on the dreamers the daca recipients it's not as large numbers of democrats would like i think it would provide some some protection for about one point one or one point two million young people but it doesn't provide them a special path to citizenship what it does is it provides some temporary residency they got visa six year visas i think it is and that makes them eligible at some point in the future to to apply for citizenship just like anybody else the democrats of course we're looking for a more a more direct path but yeah it does the the the compromise bill leadership bill whatever they're calling it does deal with the the family separations by trying to mandate that they can have these indefinite detentions in other words keep the kids with the parents while they're going through these legal proceedings and this is proving to be even more unpopular while i shouldn't say that as unpopular with the democrats and a lot of immigrant advocates as as the family separation policy so i'm struck by a news from kevin i mean that he just reported this idea that president trump is saying you know pulling his support away from voting on this bill right away this is something we're hearing from members of his own report from his own party that they don't know where the president stands on what they're trying to accomplish legislatively yeah ju just this morning the president again tweeting out that he he thinks that there is no point to action in the house this is just a couple of days after the president had an evening meeting they called a special meeting for house republicans to meet with the president house leaders were thinking he will rally them together we will we will unify and most republicans walked out of that meeting feeling somewhat optimistic but they weren't sure about what because the president didn't say exactly what he would support this i think is a critical problem in the entire immigration debate the president says he wants congressional action but this week is not the first time he has taken the legs out of any potential compromise the senate came very close earlier this year to a possible deal and it was the president who at the last minute said he wouldn't support it it is more and more obvious that republicans in congress are taking their cues from this president rather than looking to the option of passing something and trying to force his hand are waiting for him and he is.
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"There's no hidden message well yeah there wasn't a hidden message there was a very public message and as you all have said that president later tweeted that this was a message to the media about fake news the i did not were not just on her way there but she wore when she returned to washington and after press reports had raised a lot of questions so she clearly was trying to send some kind of message was it to the pros was to the president was at about this issue it certainly distracted from her trip and not sort of is the bigger issue for this administration i think and she had to know what she's someone who has used fashion and her walk on and off airplanes i think with great purpose in the past looks like another call troy is calling from iowa city iowa troy you're on the air thank you for calling please go ahead yes i was wondering why isn't the press report that the bottom of did the exact same thing and if you go to google and talk about immigrant kids or google immigrant kipnes obama you will actually see the exact same pictures that you guys reported that these are trump pictures they were actually abam pictures now wait a minute troy i wanted to stop you i want you to be specific when you say that the obama administration did the exact same thing what are you referring to specifically the they the obama administration took kids away from foreigners that were illegally crossing into the united states okay so here's what we understand about that i actually want to put that to my panelists lisa let me let me start with you on this my understanding is that the obama administration considered a child separation but then came out against it perhaps what choi's referring to is there were unaccompanied minors who came to the border without their parents so they were already separated before they got to this country but enlightened troy or this into some kind of perspective all of this is true but it's a question of degrees the and we have reported this i know on newshour and other outlets but i understand which way is coming from because the overwhelming majority of the story has been focused on what's happening now but the the obama administration did in fact separate some families at the border that was enlarge the exception and we were told that those were some families who there were particular concerns about the adults who were involved with the change now which is a dramatic change is that it is not the exception it is the rule and it is not just those who are found undocumented but it is also those who are applying for asylum which is a legal process and a right that that is kind of the us has agreed to and you know united nations uphold so it's not just those who are undocumented coming as families but asylum seekers as well those are major changes so you're having any family basically who is not in this country legally now and wants to be at the border is now has been separated by this policy that is very different from the obama administration the trump is i'm sorry troy is correct that the obama administration did separate some families but it was the exception gotta troy thanks for the call we appreciate you putting up perspective out there let's go to harriet who's calling from charlotte north carolina go ahead harry you're on the air hi anthony shore president obama did separate but he also had a plan a plan in place that kept these families together that did not lose the babies that could not speak for themselves.
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"From it well anthony yesterday charles krauthammer a former colleague of mine at the new republican friend died he was a wellknown deed famous conservative writer and two years ago i think he really predicted this and sort of do a do a a line moral line under mr trump's character he wrote this trump has a shocking absence of elementary decency and of natural empathy for the most profound of uman sorrows parental grief at and that is was such a damning assessment then i think it must have been written about he's a con and the gold star family but it but it but it seems to be true i mean mr trump week has been an example of mendacity reckless mendacity blaming the democrats again claiming on the one hand i my hands are tied and then the next day untying his hands and and and and all of that to cover up this really gratuitous cruelty at the border gratuitous because as the experts say we used to have about a million third i think the figure was that around two thousand that was a high point for illegal immigration people coming across the border without pay it is now about three hundred four hundred thousand so there there isn't a crisis in number maybe a slight fluorescence with people at this moment and the and the offense is is is is ridiculously minor according to analysis by usa today typically people these parents are going to be sentenced to the time they spent in jail and a ten dollar fee and then sent back to to the immigration authorities for deportation ten dollars so this is like a parking ticket and for this where undergoing this really national disgrace in children pulled from their parents but we've got some comments from folks who both are calling in but here's a listener who wrote to us on facebook a listener who calls himself honesty or herself honesty what this country needs is an honest discussion regarding illegal immigration that recognizes the problem with illegal immigrants juvenile's has long preceded trump not the demagoguery of democrats and left wing media who brand all of those who oppose illegal immigration and open borders zena phobias and racist so some comments there on our facebook page i wanna play a piece of tape from california democrat democratic congressman eric swallow well who told cnn this morning that he's not aware of any federal tracking system for the children separated from their families and says that legislation needs to wait until they've been reunited here we go we shouldn't do anything legislatively until we can reconnect these children that has to be our highest priority right now no child should go to sleep this evening away from their parents and that that is a more responsibility we have that's a responsibility we have lisa i want to come to you on this more than twenty three hundred children remain separated from their parents and there's real concern that they could remain separated for a long time is there any organized policy by the trump administration to reunite them with their families if there is we don't know about it and journalists have been asking that question for many days we know right now is that there is confusion between agencies over what the policy is at this moment and we also know from attorneys and some in the courts who have been handling these cases that it least in some cases perhaps in many or all cases there has not been a real effort to once the child is separated make sure that the next agency that handles that that child which is usually department of health and human services no that that is a child who has separated from parent versus the other children they shelter who came by themselves and one of the important differences there is the unaccompanied minor children we saw that starting in the obama administration are generally older they're generally teenagers able to get across the border themselves these children who've been separated include very young children but yet we do we are hearing that there has not been a structured way of identifying those children as they move to the next agency and making sure that their file that their case is attached to their parents case and that is a.
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"The un human rights council accusing it of being hypocritical and biased against israel the organization was set up to review the human rights records of all u n member states our correspondent nick bryant reports from washington the trump administration isn't the first to express annoyance at the un human rights council whose membership is included persistent human rights violations such as china in venezuela the bush administration voted against its creation in two thousand and six but this decision makes the united states the first country to leave the fortyseven member body voluntarily america's un ambassador nikki haley slammed it's chronic bias against israel and described it as hypocritical and self serving for too long the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and assess full of political bias the world's most inhumane regimes continued escape scrutiny and the council continues to politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the users in their ranks this america first administration had sought to reform the body but ultimately decided to unilaterally withdraw as was the case with the un back paris climate accord and the iranian nuclear deal the foreign office is described the move as regrettable republicans in the us congress trying to agree new legislation that would end the trump administration's policy of separating parents and children who enter the country illegally from mexico mr trump has said he'll back any immigration bill that's put before him that is down to congress to make the rules the british army is planning its biggest military exercise say fine using drones robots and unmanned vehicles the new head of the army general mark colton smith says britain will need to embrace new technology to keep pace with modern warfare the exercise will take place this autumn out events correspondent jonathan bell reports the rif already flies unmanned aircraft the royal navy's being testing unmanned underwater drones now it's the turn of the army to test the latest technologies exercise.
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"And using that to tug on the strings the hearts of people when in actuality it's like no one's really telling telling anyone what it really is and so i'm not going to claim to know and i don't think anyone really really knows what it is they know kids are being separated but actually down and ask them like why where are they going what happened that made that are they able to go back across the board what what is going on no one really knows and the other thing about this that i really wanna point on his again we've said this thousand times say that we don't we don't care who you voted for this immigration problem has been going on well before trump even got sides democrat and republican for twenty fucking years long longer that congress is not gotten together to solve pass any bills fucking build a wall attempt to have border security anything and it's all coming to a head now so look good on somebody for actually tackling it because otherwise all your tax dollars that's where they're going to is undocumented fuck and healthcare and workers and all that other shit and these type of issues typically come to a head leg this and there there there will be some resolution whether it's good or bad you have gotten into this place and that's that's it so we'll see we'll see what happens i wanna talk about the other fucking thing about the since we're on it today about just hatred of stupid shit that's going on the un human rights council that is no me neither okay how many of its until today so we decided to pull out of it yet another thing that it's like oh man on america's going to dump all their money into this un fucking human rights council when there's all these shitty i afterwards i looked at up and i was like wait what why was this thing and why were we in it she's a bunch of other shittier countries who treat people like shit and it's like oh we're all part of this human rights thing no no if we can just stop spending money on on every other country that would be awesome all together dead serious yeah why like what is anybody providing and if you can't look after your own country nobody's giving us money no one's giving the united states america we were in recession fuck we've had the great depression any other country was like oh man you're having hardships let us give you some some of our bullion some of our billions to help the country like never happens really are not in debt to anyone we're in debt to china but we sold the debts china so by selling that debt to china which look china smart on this they're charging an interest rates so it's like dude as this debt keeps racking up that interest rate keeps racking up so at least china's getting something out of the deal where they're like hey man we'll boop by off your debt for sure but you're gonna pay us a fucking huge penalty and interest do i think it smart absolutely not but john china china fuck it why not they're getting something out of it even your lending tree or any of that shit i mean no no right i had a buddy so i had a buddy who needed money in a pinch and needed a rather large summit was like thirty five thousand dollars and he was desperate like down down to.