Political talk from outside of the UK
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By Projective Unity
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Probably be a short thread but this made me lol
Russian vetoes are putting UN security council's legitimacy at risk, says US
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/23/russian-vetoes-putting-un-security-council-legitimacy-at-risk-says-us
The United States has warned that Russia’s continued blanket use of its UN veto will jeopardise the security council’s long-term legitimacy and could lead the US and like-minded countries to bypass it as a decision-making body.
Could do?

They're not to worried about using the veto themselves, cough, Israel.
 
By Bones McCoy
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Projective Unity wrote:Probably be a short thread but this made me lol
Russian vetoes are putting UN security council's legitimacy at risk, says US
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/23/russian-vetoes-putting-un-security-council-legitimacy-at-risk-says-us
The United States has warned that Russia’s continued blanket use of its UN veto will jeopardise the security council’s long-term legitimacy and could lead the US and like-minded countries to bypass it as a decision-making body.
Could do?

They're not to worried about using the veto themselves, cough, Israel.


I think they might have done a bit of bypassing in the past too, cough, Iraq...
By new puritan
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Kind of telling that you have to go all the way to the Australian press to find out about this. More top centrism from the pigfucker.

Secret cables reveal the British government negotiated with Saudi Arabia to back its elevation to the world’s top human rights body, the UN Human Rights Council, despite the fact it is one of the worst human rights violators.

Classified cables, translated by The Australian, reveal British Prime Minister David Cameron’s government engaged in talks with Saudi Arabia about a vote trade to support each other’s election to the UNHRC — the body responsible for the protection of human rights around the world.

The documents indicate Britain initiated the backroom talks by asking Saudi Arabia for its support ahead of the November 2013 UNHRC elections. The Saudi regime has beheaded more people this year than Islamic State and has an appalling record of killing or lashing people who speak out, are homosexual or commit adultery. Britain and Saudi Arabia were elected to the UNHRC, which has 47 member states.


http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/uk ... 7547936664

Meanwhile...

An international campaign is underway to stop the execution of a young Saudi Arabian man sentenced to death for his role in the 2012 Arab Spring pro-democracy protests.

Ali al-Nimr, who was arrested at the age of 17, is the nephew of a high-profile dissident in Saudi Arabia, which has one of the highest execution rates in the world.

Authorities have accused him of attacking their security forces, but his lawyer said Nimr's confession was made after he was tortured.

Nimr now faces "crucifixion", which human rights groups say means that he will be beheaded and then placed on public display.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-28/c ... er/6811576

But then it's only ever the left that comes under fire for links to extremists.
By new puritan
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Looks like the Saudis are putting that Human Rights Council spot to good use.

GENEVA — In a U-turn at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western governments dropped plans Wednesday for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties in the war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians in the last six months.


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/world ... .html?_r=0
 
By youngian
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When are we going to withdraw from the UN to form a Disunited British Nations? It has one security council seat in which speeches and gazes are given to the navel.
 
By bluebellnutter
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UK humiliated as international court election goes to runoff

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/no ... -to-runoff" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The UK’s candidate for the international court of justice (ICJ), Sir Christopher Greenwood, has been forced into a run-off election for the final remaining place on the court, in a humiliating blow to British diplomatic prestige at the United Nations.

After five rounds of simultaneous voting in the security council and the general assembly in New York, four other judges from Brazil, Lebanon, France and Somalia were all elected to what is known as the “world court” in The Hague.

Greenwood, who has already served one nine-year term on the court, now faces an Indian candidate, Dalveer Bhandari, in a battle for the last place on the ICJ when voting resumes late on Monday. There will be a weekend of intense lobbying by diplomats at the UN to secure their candidate’s position.

There has always been a British judge on the court since it was established in 1946. It hears disputes over sovereignty and international borders from around the world. Losing a British presence on the court would be an international political embarrassment.
 
By Andy McDandy
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And nobody here will care, because it'll be spun as further proof of the irrelevance of the U.N.

See also whenever they report on the levels of poverty etc. "Ah, but you give jobs to people from Somalia and such so get your own house in order first!".
 
By bluebellnutter
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James Landale‏ Verified account
@BBCJLandale

Breaking: UK withdraws British candidate from election to UN International Court Of Justice. Huge diplomatic blow for UK. 1st time no UK judge on ICJ since set up in 1946

8:42 PM - 20 Nov 2017
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By youngian
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This is going to be an interesting thread in months to come.

Don't be surprised if Spain and Argentina are up next.
Earlier this year, Britain failed to block a resolution to refer a long-running dispute between Britain and Mauritius to the ICJ. The abstention of key EU allies in that vote fed suggestions that Brexit may have diminished Britain’s clout in the assembly. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brit ... 57b867c489" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
That dispute was over the UK's despicable treatment of the Chagossians
The UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean.

By a margin of 94 to 15 countries, delegates supported a Mauritian-backed resolution to seek an advisory opinion from the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague on the legal status of the Chagos Islands.

A further 65 countries abstained on Thursday, including many EU states who might have been expected to vote in support of another bloc member.

Among EU members who abstained were France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Greece and Finland. Canada and Switzerland also abstained.

Speaking after the vote Jagdish Koonjul, the Mauritian representative at the UN, said: “I’m elated. The results are beyond my expectations. It’s interesting that the EU didn’t support the UK. Even some of the countries that supported the UK agreed that this was an issue of decolonisation. Now we wait to see what the UK will do as a result of the vote. We have given the US full comfort of a long-term lease [for the Diego Garcia base] that would be renewable [if sovereignty passed to Mauritius].” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... low-for-uk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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