The U.S. colluded with some Western countries to pile up criticism against several countries including Cuba, Syria, Venezuela, and Iran calling their names at the 48 th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council which was held recently in Geneva.
The thing is that the U.S. which picks on other countries of its dislike at annual meetings of the UN Human Rights Council, adopts an opposite attitude towards Israel, its ally.
Israel is already sitting in the dock for its crime against humanity. It massacred the bare-handed peaceful civilians who had demanded their rights to self-determination and rights to existence in the occupied Arab territories including Palestine and Golan of Syria, and enforced the expansion of Jewish settlement. Such a barbarous act of Israel is being covered up as an exercise of “legitimate right to self-defense” as well as “right to protecting citizens”. It even does not hesitate to cast no vote against the anti-Israel resolution which is approved by an absolute majority of the members of the Human Rights Council.
The U.S., among all other things, opposed the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2006 with an excuse that it fears the issue of Israel would be dealt with prejudice. It then openly took sides with Israel, saying that the practices of “treating Israel unfairly” should be corrected.
Israel, under the patronage of the U.S., is going defiant in its human rights violations, much to the consternation of the world. But it rather behaves impudently on its own part taking issue with human rights situation of other countries.
Moreover, the U.S. is justifying its own human rights violations which were committed after the military occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries as “legitimate self-defense” and “protection of human rights”. It’s also enforcing even sanctions against those people who demand that there should be a survey on its own human rights violations.
In the meantime, it condemned just measures taken by other countries for safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity as “severe human rights violation” and “crime against humanity”. Not content with this, it is even clamoring that they should be called to account under the criminal law.
The U.S. is indiscriminately clamping down on the peaceful demonstrators who rose against the social conflicts and discrimination deep-rooted in its own land, just calling them as “rioters”. But it praises the forces causing riots against other governments as “democratic forces”.
The examples are endless.
It is the reality of the international human rights arena which is held sway by the American-style double standard which groundlessly picks on the human rights situation of other countries of its dislike, while justifying miserable human rights violations in its own country and its allies.
In order to resolve the human rights issues on a genuine basis from the principle of impartiality and objectivity, double standard of the U.S.-the main stumbling block to it-should be eradicated.