Syria was unanimously elected to serve on UNESCO’s 58 member board Nov. 2011
UNESCO’s executive board: including Britain, France, the US and other democracies elected Syria to two committees, one dealing directly with human rights initiatives-- even as-- Assad tightens his grip on Syrian liberties, hunting down and murdering dissent along with approximately 3500 Syrian protesters over the past eight months.
“It’s shameful for the UN’s prime agency on science, culture and education to take a country that is shooting its own people and empower it to decide human rights issues on a global scale.” –H Neuer UN Watch
The election occurred just one day before the League of Arab States moved to suspend Syrian membership from the same organization. UNESCO just recently became the first U.N. agency to grant the Palestinians (which includes terrorist Hamas) full membership.
“The Arab League’s suspension of Syria is stripped of any meaning when its member states elevate Syria to UN human rights committees,” says Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch
The US pays for 22% of the budgets for all UN committees, approaching 70 million dollars annually. With so many worthwhile causes in need of dire support, why are US taxpayers still supporting the UN?