UN Human Rights Council criticized
An investigation of the UN's Human Rights Council -- is it a global promoter of human rights or a cabal of nations protecting their own backs?
The following is not a full transcript; for full story, listen to audio.
The United Nations spent 2008 celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of its proudest achievements.
The president of the Human Rights Council, Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi addressed the UN general assembly in New York and all sounded well with the United Nations main human rights body. However, away from the assembly floor the organization is under attack from outside observers and more importantly, from within.
Diplomats say you won't find Tibet cropping up at the Human Rights Council any time soon. China, they say, will make sure of that.
The same is true for one of the major humanitarian crisis in Africa -- in Zimbabwe, people have fled the country for a life in exile in the UK.
The list of NGO's, politicians and diplomats who have called for action over human rights abuses in Zimbabwe is getting longer every day. But the Human Rights Council appears to be doing very little to address these issues.
The BBC World Service's Simon Cox investigates the world of the Human Rights Council and discovers whether it is indeed a global promoter of Human rights or as critics claim, a cabal of nations protecting their own backs.
Produced by the world's most respected news source, the BBC World Service is a 24-hour news service that gives listeners access to the latest world news, expert analysis, commentary, features, and interviews on issues of the day. Distributed exclusively in the U.S. by PRI.