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UN Human Rights Commission Makes a Mockery of Itself

By Boston Globe, Boston Globe - December 10, 2010

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has made a mockery of her office by skipping today’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for laureate Liu Xiaobo. Pillay’s office first said she couldn’t be in Oslo because of a previous commitment, and insisted more recently that she wasn’t actually invited. But she surely could have attended if she chose. Pillay, a South African, played an honorable role in the struggle against apartheid. But if she can’t withstand pressure from China to snub the Nobel ceremony, how can her UN Human Rights Commission be expected to defend other dissidents who are jailed and tortured by UN member governments?

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