UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Zimbabwe was re-elected Wednesday to the Human Rights Commission, drawing scathing protests from the United States and other countries charging that the African nation is one of the world's worst rights violators.
William Brencick, the U.S. mission representative, said Zimbabwe had "blatantly disregarded the rights of its own people" and its re-election to the U.N. human rights watchdog was inappropriate.
"We remain deeply concerned that the government of Zimbabwe maintains repressive controls on political assembly and the media, harasses civil society groups, and continues to encourage a climate where the opposition fears for its safety," he said.
Zimbabwe's Ambassador to the United Nations, Boniface Chidyausiku, said no nation was beyond reproach in the area of human rights and added: "Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
Western governments and human rights campaigners have criticized the 53-member human rights commission for allowing countries with poor human rights records to use their membership to protect one another from condemnation.
It's ironic that while John Bolton is being raked over the coals here in the U.S for having a negative view towards the UN, the UN it'self is rewarding a thug like Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
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