Friday, July 13, 2012

Forbes: Why United Nations Reform can't wait

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It’s no secret that the United Nations hasn’t lived up to its billing as a champion of human rights and democratic values since its establishment in 1945. All too often, the UN system has aided and abetted some of the world’s most odious regimes—and served as a political weapon for those countries against the West. Yet even by these standards, this summer has seen an unprecedented level of rot in the world’s most powerful international forum.

Iran, under mounting pressure from the international community for its persistent nuclear ambitions, was elected to a top post at the UN Arms Trade Treaty conference in Geneva in early July. To add insult to injury, the news came just days after the Islamic Republic was found to be flouting UN restrictions by shipping arms to the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad—arms that Assad has subsequently used against his own people.

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