Daily Mail: How dare they! Britain condemned on human rights in UN report… by Iran, Russia and Cuba
A review of Britain’s record on human rights was branded ‘ludicrous’ last night – for including criticisms from the governments of Iran, Russia and Cuba.
The United Nations report also contains scathing assessments of the UK from other countries notorious for their wholesale denial of human rights – among them Pakistan, Belarus and the Sudan.
Russia, where dissent is ruthlessly repressed and opponents of Vladimir Putin’s regime are routinely murdered, attacked police in the UK for using ‘excessive force’ and said prisons here were tantamount to torture.
The Cuban government – which is notorious for locking up dissidents and repressing its opponents – claimed Britain’s public spending cuts were damaging ‘economic and social rights’.
The comments were made in a Universal Periodic Review report, an assessment organised by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. UN General Assembly members are permitted to contribute to the report, which is published on every member state every four years.
Critics said the UN was undermining its credibility by allowing nations with serious human rights violations to hijack the process.
Andrew Percy, Tory MP for Brigg and Goole, said: ‘This is actually so ridiculous it’s laughable. It is like being lectured by Attila the Hun on the peaceful co-existence of nations. All we need now is Syria to criticise us on our human rights record and the joke would be complete.
‘The UN should be a serious organisation and comments like this damage its credibility both in this country and around the world.’….Read More
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