Sharansky calls on int'l to delegitimize 'evil regimes'

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May 17, 2011 15:41

 
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What was Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddai's regime doing on the UN Human Rights Council? Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky asked in a New York Times op-ed published Monday.

The Jewish Agency wrote that it was a positive move that Syria's bid for a seat on the council had been removed and that Libya's membership was suspended, but questioned why the world has remained stayed largely silent on the "dictatorships that make up the council majority and brazenly sit in judgment on the human-rights record of others."

Sharansky wrote in the op-ed, "To those millions crossing, or waiting to cross, the line into freedom, we can send a simple but thrilling message of support and solidarity: We are with you. No dictator is a legitimate representative of his people.

"'Human rights' are not a phrase to be cynically parroted by the world’s worst violators sitting on a grotesquely misnamed Human Rights Council, but a real and universal criterion of decency. We are with you."


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