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Letting Killers Guard Human Rights

If it were not so profoundly sad, it would qualify as the sick joke of the millennium: Libya has been elected to chair the United Nations Commission on Human Rights! When Caligula appointed his horse to the Senate, the horse at least did not have blood on its hoofs.

The procedure, of course, was perfectly legal: the chairmanship rotates every year from one global region to another. This year it was Africa's turn to nominate the chairman, and they nominated Libya. Only the US and Canada voted against. To their everlasting shame, European countries abstained.