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Iran, North Korea, Cuba teach U.S. human rights

The results of the Obama administration’s decision to submit the United States to the evaluation of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, a procedure snubbed by the Bush administration because of the records of those on the panel, are starting to appear, and they include harsh condemnation from such human rights “leaders” as Cuba, Libya, and Iran.

Before the report was unveiled, experts predicted that it would be used as “cannon fodder” by critics of the U.S.

It seems that those forecasts are coming true, with nations such as Egypt, where the government arrests Christians who complain of being attacked by Muslims, and China, which has harshly limited couples to one child with forced abortions, lining up to instruct the U.S. on human rights.

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A video has been prepared by an organization called “eyeontheun” that highlights the more egregious comments:

The Universal Periodic Review report itself has been posted online by the Heritage Foundation.

As Esther Brimmer, an assistant secretary in the bureau of international organization affairs under Obama, talked about what an “honor” it was for the U.S. to be put under the scrutiny of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Castro regime and others, the criticism, relayed through interpreters, started.

Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, another U.S. spokesman dispatched by the Obama administration, said the U.S. was “humbled by the recognition that we need to continue and even redouble our efforts as we strive to make ours a more perfect union.”

At the Powerline Blog was this conclusion:

“The Obama administration has a message for the world. The message is something along these lines: The United States is very bad, but Barack Obama is very good. He seeks to redeem America from its evil.”

In its official respond to the criticisms, the U.S., through State Department legal adviser Harold Koh, said, “Civil society has made invaluable contributions to our UPR report and presentation and will continue to be our partner as we consider these many recommendations.”

At Hot Air.com noted that among the critics, Iran “currently [is] poised to stone an Iranian woman for adultery” and North Korea “systematically starves a captive population.”

“The temptation here is to frame this as an Obama problem, part of his world apology tour, etc, but that’s only half the equation. His deputies could have and should have treated this ‘critique’ with the utter contempt it deserved, but as I noted above, we’re now obliged by resolution to account for our sins periodically to vastly worse offenders,” the commentator wrote.

According to a Fox News analysis of the presentation, “what really is under review is the gamble by the Obama administration to join the council in the first place, rather than shun it in disdain, as the Bush administration did, along with its predecessor, the U.N. Human Rights Commission, because of its roster of despotic members and unbridled antagonism toward Israel.”

The Heritage Foundation reported that in earlier reports to the same group:


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