Those who live in glass nations…
US envoys endured a lashing over issues of domestic equality and fairness from the United Nations Human Rights Council — getting scolded by the likes of Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.
The lecture came during a Monday session of the council’s Universal Periodic Review process, during which about 10 member states are peer-reviewed by other nations on how they could improve their human-rights records.
Russian representative Kristina Sukacheva targeted first President Trump’s 2018 decision to pull out of the council, citing anti-Israel bias.
“The decision of the US to withdraw from the Human Rights Council showed once again the US’ reluctance to have a civilized dialogue with the global community on human rights,” said Sukacheva.
Among the laundry list of recommendations, she offered were that the US “guarantee freedom of expression in the media” and put “an end to interference in internal affairs of foreign states.”
Russia, where the Kremlin controls much of the country’s news media, was caught by US intelligence officials attempting to interfere in America’s 2020 presidential election.
Jiang Duan, representing China, “urged politicians to respect people’s rights to life and health, and stop politicizing and stigmatizing COVID-19,” and “combat the increasingly severe religious intolerance and xenophobic violence.”
A US investigation found that the communist Chinese government tried to cover up the coronavirus during its early weeks by shutting out global health experts and instituting a media blackout, potentially allowing the virus to escape the country and become the pandemic it is today.
The nation has also come under fire from the international community for its ongoing targeted internment of the Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority group.
According to the Department of Justice, the Chinese Communist Party reserves the right to sanction any religious group if it is seen to be interfering with government authority.
“Religious groups are required to register with government authorities,” a 2018 report on Religion and Chinese law explains.
“Religious groups may be sanctioned regardless of their registration status when officials view them as posing a challenge to government authority or the Party’s interests,” the report continues.
Mohanad Nabil M. Albasrawi, of Saudi Arabia, recommended that the US “enhance laws and legislation based on the abolition of all forms of discrimination, racism and hatred,” including along the lines of “religion and creed.”
Saudi Arabia is a theocracy that forbids the public practice of any religion other than Islam, and a 2019 report by the US Department of State re-affirmed its designation as a “Country of Particular Concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
The report highlights a specific example of Saudi enforcement of religious law, “According to press and NGO reports, in February  in Medina, an unidentified man beheaded a six-year-old boy on the street in front of his mother reportedly because he was Shia.”
North Korea, an oppressive dictatorship actively pursuing nuclear arms, also holds “grave concern” over the state of human rights in the US, said delegate Han Tae Song.
Among its recommendations was that America “close illegal US secret detention facilities and end the violations by US forces in foreign lands.”
Speaking to the Post in September, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park said it is part of everyday life in the hermit kingdom to see people dying of starvation on the streets, calling it a “modern-day holocaust.”
“You’d see so many people just dying. It was something normal for us to see the dead bodies on the street. It was a normal thing for me. I never thought that was something unusual,” she said in an extensive exclusive interview.
“I have visited slums in Mumbai, I have visited slums in other countries, but nothing is like North Korea because North Korean starvation, it’s a systematic starvation by a country that chose to starve us,” she continued.
Throughout the three-and-a-half-hour session, US Ambassador Andrew Bremberg and Assistant Secretary of State Robert Destro defended America’s commitment to progress and upholding democracy.
“Our presence in this process demonstrates our nation’s commitment to human rights,” said Destro.
Added Bremberg, “Our commitment to human rights issues is based on a firm political and moral commitment to accountability and transparency.”
Bremberg went on to say that the US “allows for continued scrutiny, advocacy and debate, which fuels progress and reform,” and that “we are willing to openly acknowledge our shortcomings.”
During this session, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Honduras, Jamaica, Liberia, Libya, Malawi and the Maldives were called for review alongside the United States.
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