Thursday, June 12, 2008

UN Tells UK Monarchy Must Go

The United Nations has ruled that the UK should consider abolishing the monarchy. Needless to say, the Queen is not amused.

According to the Daily Express, the UN Human Rights Council has decreed that the UK must "consider holding a referendum on the desirability or otherwise of a written constitution, preferably republican”.

Just who are the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council? In March of 2006 the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelming on a resolution, setting up a "new" Human Rights Council replacing the "old" Human Rights Commission. Members include Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and Cuba.

The United Nations Human Rights Council, well known for having countless meetings which have never solved a single issue other than scheduling the next useless meeting, spent the day putting the United Kingdom Ambassador to the UN, Peter Gooderham, through the wringer.

"Algeria thanked the United Kingdom for accepting to address the high incarceration rate of children; however they encouraged the United Kingdom to review more thoroughly the painful techniques applied to children and to harmonize them with their human rights obligations." United Nations Press Release

That's right, Algeria, the country which Amnesty International proclaimed human rights abuses "shockingly high" in 2003:

"The level of violence and number of reports of human rights abuses in Algeria continues to be shockingly high, and the ability and willingness of the Algerian authorities to assure protection remain largely elusive."

The International Save the Children Alliance urged the UK to "introduce legislation banning physical punishment in the home". Evidently a quick pat on the bum is considered "abuse". They also declared that poverty in the UK was "unacceptably high". 

The Islamic Human Rights Commission weighed in claiming :

"In particular they highlighted that a secure society could not be built on compromising on due process on human rights and civil rights. The ever increasing time of pre-charge and pre-trial detention had been raised in a variety of consultations. There was particular concern since a bill to increase pre-charge detention from 28 days to 42 days was presented before parliament. The need for this had never been identified, and Britain had the longest pre-charge detention limit in a liberal democracy. The Islamic Human Rights Commission also recommended the review of anti-terrorism laws in light of the highest human rights standards. The implementation of anti terror laws resulted in racism and religious profiling which was evident in disproportional representation in stop and search statistics."

Read more of UN Recommends UK Get Rid of Queen at DBKP


Source - United Nations Human Rights Council
Source - Daily Express - Abolish the Monarchy UN Report Tells Britain
Image - Queen Elizabeth

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