UNESCO Admits Syria Selection Was “A Bad Joke”

Tweet A few days after the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) executive board elected Syria to a pair of committees—one of which deals directly with human rights—a spokesman for the international organization admitted the election was actually “a bad joke.” “See, with the Assad regime’s continued brutal crackdown on the protests, we figured the whole world would realize we were kidding,” explained chief UNESCO spokesman Sue Williams. “Clearly, we were wrong.” The Syrian government’s crackdown on protests opposing the regime has resulted in more than 4,000 deaths in the past eight months. The admission came after the organization received heat from groups like UN Watch, a non-governmental organization dedicated to monitoring the UN and ensuring its compliance with the human rights principles of its charter. “You know, I thought this might be a joke,” said Hillel Neuer, UN Watch’s executive director. “But you never know with the UN these days…they were pretty serious when they elected Libya to the Human Rights Council last year.” That measure was definitively proven farcical less than a year later when the country’s dictator, Moammar Gadhafi (known for sponsoring terrorism in the past), violently suppressed protests that were a part of the “Arab Spring.” Since the removal of the tyrant, Libya has been reinstated on that council. Syria was supported in its efforts to join the committee by its Arab neighbors....

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