Cuba goes to the UNHCR
Our local PBS station has replaced Morning Edition with BBC Newshour during the 9:00 AM hour.
I like this.
The BBC seems to have a much larger world-view than any US media I'm familiar with.
This morning, after the [Morning Edition] headlines, this [a RealOne Player file] was the lead story.
[Note: excessive number of one-sentence paragraphs combined.]
I was surprised I'd heard nothing about it.
I googled for news ("cuba unhcr") and found this, also from the BBC.
I haven't seen any reference to the story anywhere around the blogosphere.
Cuba ends Guantanamo inquiry call
Cuba has withdrawn a resolution calling on the United Nations' Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) to investigate conditions at Guantanamo Bay. [Withdrawn? This is the first I've heard of it. –Ed]
The draft resolution... warned prisoners' rights in the US detention centre were being abused.
... [T]he Cubans felt there was too much American lobbying to guarantee passing the resolution.
At least 600 prisoners from the "war on terror" are being held at Guantanamo.
The US government says the suspects are beyond the jurisdiction of American law because they are held on foreign soil.
The American detention centre... is built on territory leased by the US from Cuba.
Cuba tabled the resolution in mid-April, a day after the US sponsored a motion at the UNHCR criticising Cuba's human rights record.
The BBC's Elizabeth Blunt in Geneva says the Cuban motion eschewed typical rhetorical flourishes in favour of simple, skilfully worded language.
Its terms reminded countries of statements they had made in the past expressing concern over the detention centre.
This would have put many European states in a very difficult position.
They would have had to choose between the diplomatic embarrassment of backing Cuba against the US, or they would have had to contradict earlier statements by opposing the Cuban resolution....
The BBC's Geneva correspondent says criticism of the US treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay is thought to have contributed to outspoken Irish politician Mary Robinson losing her job as UN High Commissioner for human rights.
The subject has been largely kept off the agenda at this year's commission session.
This kind of crap really makes me sad for my native land.
It used to be that the US at least pretended to stand for lots that was good and right.
We didn't always live up to our own standards, not nearly, but they bore some relation to our espoused national goals.
These days, all I can say cry, "What the hell are we doing???"
I should have added that a significant portion of the BBC Newshour story was a discussion of whether the introduction by Mexico of much less harshly worded resolution on the same subject constituted a "deal" cut with Cuba.
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