Friday, October 16, 2009

The United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed the Goldstone report

The United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed the Goldstone report despite Bibi and the hype man phoning all and sundry before the vote to get them to change their minds. Interesting to see the countries though that are totally in the pockets of Jerusalem and Washington.

Interesting too to see the United Kingdom and France not voting against the resolution despite "Uncle Sam" and Israel pressuring both to do so. Anyway here is a breakdown of the vote:
Yes: Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Liberia, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Senegal and South Africa.
No: Holland, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United States.
Abstained: Belgium, Bosnia, Burkina-Faso, Cameron, Gabon, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea and Uruguay.
Madagascar and Kyrgyzstan were not present during the vote; Britain and France refused to vote.

Goldstone recommended that after the human rights council endorsed his conclusions they should pass the report onto the UN general assembly, the security council and the prosecutor at the international criminal court. Of course, Washington will ensure that nothing will happen in the security council and the general assembly lacks any sort of clout to achieve anything. However, it might be interesting if somewhere down the road, the ICC send out warrants for the arrest of those who have committed war crimes. It might at least show that that institution does not only operate as an instrument of US foreign policy.

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