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U.S. Joins More Dictators on U.N. Human Rights Council

While the United States pours billions of dollars annually into the famously corrupt United Nations, the world body’s laughable Human Rights Council welcomes even more of the globe’s violators to its list of disgraceful members.

It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. For years the U.S. boycotted the U.N. Human Rights Council over the membership of the world’s worst human rights violators, but President Obama joined in 2009. This week the U.S. signed up for another three-year term on the panel, which includes renowned human rights violators like China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The world body also added more than a dozen new members this week, including several countries that are known for trampling on human rights. Among them are Venezuela, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. The U.N. welcomed them even though two vetting groups determined they were not qualified to serve based on the U.N.’s own voting records and domestic rights protections.