Israel Blasts Syrian, Iranian Candidacies For Human Rights Council

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Israel poured scorn on Iran and Syria’s planned bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

“It’s like placing a mob boss in charge of the witness protection program,” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, said, adding that for the U.N. this was “a new Guinness record.”

U.N. diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday that Syria and Iran plan to run for open seats later this year on the Geneva-based council’s 47-member body, despite their own atrocious records on human rights issues.

Hillel Neuer, the head of U.N. Watch, a group that monitors the work of the United Nations, said, “Countries that murder and torture their own people must not be allowed to become the world’s judges on human rights.

“Because both regimes were recently elected to other U.N. human rights panels — Iran on the women’s rights commission, and Syria on UNESCO’s human rights committee — we cannot take anything for granted,” he added.