SIMON LINCOLN READER: Organised human rights warriors get things very wrong
The UN Human Rights Council is the most expensive expression of industrial hypocrisy ever designed
We should all be grateful for the US’s decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) — if only because a frank examination of these rights things is overdue. In SA, television host Ashwin Willemse is approaching the Human Rights Commission to challenge his employer, SuperSport, on a finding that excluded racism as the influencing factor in a live skirmish. The same Human Rights Commission could, technically, just as easily accept an application from Willemse’s fellow hosts, Naas Botha and Nick Mallett, seeking relief from the sports minister’s statement regarding the Willemse incident shortly after it occurred, which deprived both men of the fundamental human right of the presumption of innocence until otherwise determined.
In the US, a civil rights campaigner called the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), which has about $477m stashed away in the Caymans, has been forced into a humiliating retreat after it libelled a popular anti-extremist an "extremist". In t...