Writing in The Times today, Melanie Phillips points out that next month, the presidency of the 65 nation UN Conference on Disarmament, “the very body that produced the treaty against chemical weapons that Syria has traduced”, is to be assumed by Syria. She also draws attention to the fact that members of the UN Human Rights Council include “such notable exponents of democracy and human rights as China, Cuba, Egypt…” and a number of other countries.
According to its Web site the HRC is “an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe”. And the Conference on Disarmament proudly claims to have been instrumental in negotiating the “Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction”, along with the “Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons”.
How can this be right?