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Jun 19, 2018 16 tweets 6 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
let me tell you about this 'cesspool of political bias' amidst the U.S. new international #snowflake policy of withdrawal from the Human Rights Council
are some of its members egregious human rights abusers? of course. it's comprised of member states of the UN, and it could do much better. until today it included the US, which separates children from parents at the border in violation of international law.
and yes, the Council condemns #Israel's behavior repeatedly, with multiple resolutions, upsetting many who may perceive this as disproportionate attention ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HR…
but guess what? the council has stood for human rights in a way that no other body in the UN does, advancing traditional US values in profound ways. in its last session alone, it condemned massive violations in #Syria ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
it extended the mandate of the special rapporteur to investigate human rights abuses in #Iran ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
"Condemn[ed] in the strongest terms the long-standing and ongoing systematic,
widespread and gross human rights violations and other human rights abuses committed in and by" #NorthKorea ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
"Condemn[ed] in the strongest possible terms the ongoing violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan" ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
"Strongly condemn[ed] the reported widespread, systematic and gross human
rights violations and abuses committed in Rakhine State since 25 August 2017" in #Myanmar ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
reinforced the rights of children in humanitarian situations (kinda relevant right now) ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
condemned all forms of violence, intimidation and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
called for steps to guarantee the right to adequate housing ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpag…
& this is just the last session in March. at other times it condemns #censorship and repression on the #internet, promotes the safety of #journalists, calls for digital security, & much else that tracks traditional American human rights policy.
the move to leave is self-defeating even on its own terms. it cannot be about hypocrisy b/c all political institutions involve some level of hypocrisy. it's not about the US interest b/c the US got a lot out of it.
and it's a big loss for all the victims of human rights violations who rely on an American voice, a voice that used to speak truth to the violators. a sad day for truth, a victory for demagoguery. a betrayal of what many believe america really ought to stand for.
to end, from before the announcement:
right now I’m sitting in the Council room in Geneva, and reps of human rights NGOs are given oppty to speak abt specific country violations around the world. this is unusual in the #UN system. this is what the US walked away from.

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Sep 12, 2018
three major developments over the past day demonstrate how #Europe seeks to shape the global #Internet. if you only focus on US reg, dominated by politics & not law, you’re missing a major part of the action.
first: yesterday the European Ct of Justice held hearings on #France’s push to globalize the right to be forgotten politico.eu/article/google…
read @daphnehk on the implications: nytimes.com/2018/09/10/opi…
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Sep 7, 2018
a wonky thread about what it should mean for social media companies to be transparent. my last report to the @UNHumanRights Council discusses: freedex.org/a-human-rights… #transparency can be so vague as to be meaningless, so some [long] thoughts follow
let me just emphasize that i drew these principles from human rights law (& work of some great thinkers), not out of thin air. sure, that law applies to states, but companies also have responsibility not to interfere w/users' rights.
one aspect of transparency is clarity in the rules (community stds, guidelines, etc). they are broad and general, tho companies are trying to do better, it's true.
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Aug 9, 2018
lots of sharp observations/reporting in this @karaswisher piece, but i have a few quick reactions —> Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will. nyti.ms/2OSnmpT?smid=n…
twitter isn’t the govt, she says, just a private company that can apply whatever rules it wants. it should just apply some values to clean it up.
where do those values come from? how does it build up “a code that requires making hard choices”? whose values shd be reflected? she doesn’t say.
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