Rights activists hail Venezuela’s departure from UN Human Rights Council
Venezuela’s government announced on Monday that it was quitting the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and would submit its resignation to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. The country’s decision, first reported on Friday by The Associated Press and other news outlets, came a month after President Nicolas Maduro denounced the U.N. for trying to stifle his country’s sovereignty. (The move was first reported on Friday by The Associated Press and other news outlets.)
In explaining his decision to step down, Maduro said that he could no longer stand the “unethical and immoral” behavior of the United Nations.
“The people of Venezuela have had enough,” he said Tuesday outside his office.
“Enough,” I hear you say, “But what about the millions of people who are starving, and are dying? You said you had no choice, now you have no choice,” I reply.
What choice did he have? He had to leave the United Nations, but the United Nations had no choice, he had no choice. Venezuela had to leave the United Nations because the United Nations had no choice. The U.S. had to help him leave the United Nations because the U.S. had no choice. The U.N. had no choice because it was no longer there.
It seems that the U.N. was right to call Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro a dictator when he took power in 1999; and it was wrong to call him a dictator when he took steps toward restoring democratic rule in Venezuela in 2009; and it was wrong to call him a dictator when he continued to rule by military fiat after the death of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez; and it was wrong to call him a dictator, again, in 2011 when he won re-election against a recall referendum because he had the support of the military, and he didn’t have to offer a written referendum, and he didn’t need to call elections during his presidency, and