Monday, June 19, 2006

New start for human rights at the United Nations?

Does this sound familiar? A UN commision packed with human rights violaters, who got on as a part of regional lists? Or a UN commission that met for only six weeks every year and came up with pronouncements that were completely unimpressive? It probably does, these charateristics describe the old United Nations Human Rights Commission. However, there is a fast-paced plan to change all of that. A new commission has already been selected by secret ballot and they have already started work on the latest human rights violations. This article from the BBC outlines the new goals of the commission, as well as the United State's new feelings on the commission.