International Community Must Do More To End Human Rights Violations

Washington Post: The U.N. human rights commissioner says ‘shame is in retreat.’ He’s right.
Editorial Board

“Jordanian Diplomat Zeid Raad al-Hussein has spent nearly four years fighting a frustrating battle against genocide, oppression, racism — and the increasing indifference to them among governments. Last week he opened the 37th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, and with the end of his four-year term as high commissioner for human rights in sight, he chose, he said, ‘to be blunt.’ His tough conclusions are worth repeating. … Mr. Zeid didn’t shrink from naming the places and people who are violating basic norms. … Of greatest concern to Mr. Zeid are the instances of mass killing that have happened on his watch and that have attracted no meaningful international response. … Mr. Zeid’s most important point concerned the larger effect on international order of disregarding atrocities. … ‘Why are we doing so little to stop them,’ Mr. Zeid asked, ‘even though we should know how dangerous all of this is?’ There is, today, no more relevant question” (3/4).

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