Syria uses UN censure of Canada to deflect attention from its genocide

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UN rights chief Navi Pillay’s disproportionate censure of Canada before the 47-nation Human Rights Council on Monday was immediately exploited by anti-democratic regimes to divert attention from their crimes.

  • Syria, facing world condemnation over its mass killings, took the floor to gloat about how “the High Commissioner said in her report that there is repression in Canada.”
  • Sri Lanka, on the defensive for refusing to investigate its 2009 killing of 40,000 civilians, stated that it was “surprised by Canada.”
  • North Korea, accused of gross atrocities, rejected Canada’s “hypocritical behavior,” saying Ottawa “would be well advised to handle its own affairs.” Echoing Pillay’s remarks almost verbatim, North Korea called on Canada to address its “suppression of freedom of association and and peaceful assembly.”