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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

UNCHR incumbent Michelle Bachelet was appointed to serve US-led Western interests. 

Like her recent predecessors, she shamefully blames victims for high crimes of war and by other means against them. Time and again, she supports what demands denunciation. 

She’s hostile to Venezuelan social democracy under siege by the US, falsely accusing Maduro of “erod(ing) the rule of law” — instead of praising Bolivarian governance of, by, and for all the country’s citizens equitably.

She failed to condemn Chilean state terror against legitimate anti-neoliberal protests in the country.

Instead, she’s sending what’s certain to be a whitewash “verification mission to examine allegations (sic) of human rights violations,” adding:

“Parliamentarians and the government have both expressed a desire for a UN human rights mission” — to downplay or ignore regime viciousness and support what demands condemnation, she failed to add.

As Chilean president for eight years (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – March 2018), she failed to fulfill promises made to shift the country away from being one of the hemisphere’s most socially unequal.

Instead, she continued dirty business as usual, serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of the public welfare.

On November 30, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) published her op-ed on months of violence, vandalism and chaos in Hong Kong.

Claiming her mandate is to foster “the broadest possible dialogue (as) the only clear exit lane out of mass protest situations,” she failed to denounce US dirty hands behind what’s been going on for months, adding:

In week ago district council elections, “(t)he people of Hong Kong delivered a loud and very clear demand to be heard.”

The elections were unrelated to China’s “one country, two systems” that remains unchanged whenever local elections are held.

Bachelet: “It is now time to listen directly to people from all walks of life, to work together with sincere resolve to address their concerns and grievances. Young people, especially, need to be heard.”

“And I appeal to the government to take important confidence-building measures, including a proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the police.”

Her remarks ignored US orchestrated hooliganism that disrupted the lives of all city residents, the vast majority uninvolved in what’s going on but greatly harmed by it.

Police responded as required to extreme violence, hooligans throwing bricks and firebombs, conducting running street battles with security forces, looting retail stores, setting buildings ablaze, damaging other public and private property, and bringing normal life in the city to a halt.

Bachelet gave short shrift to the above, falsely saying “a small proportion of the protesters….resorted to extreme violence” — dismissive of billions of dollars of property and other losses because of months of widespread violence, vandalism and chaos continuing post-elections.

Beijing slammed her largely one-sided commentary. Spokesman for its UN mission Chen Yaou called her remarks “erroneous,” adding:

Her article “interfere(d) in the internal affairs of China…(P)ressure (it exerted) on the government and police of the Hong Kong SAR, will only embolden the rioters to conduct more severe radical violence.”

Her commentary “violates the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The Chinese side has lodged strong representations to the high commissioner and her office.”

Hooligans in the streets for months “seek to create chaos in the Hong Kong SAR, paralyze the Hong Kong SAR government and seize the administrative power of the Hong Kong SAR with the aim of rendering the ‘one country, two systems’ principle defunct” — clearly what Beijing won’t tolerate.

Nor should any country. If anything remotely approaching what’s gone on endlessly in the city happened in similar fashion in the US — the national guard or marines would have been sent to quell what local police were unable to do on their own, something similar to how Israeli security forces brutalize Palestinians, including use of live fire.

Chen: Months of what’s gone on in Hong Kong were “absolutely not about human rights or democracy.”

Along with Trump’s unacceptable tariffs war, US policy is all about wanting China destabilized, its economic, financial, industrial, and technological development undermined.

Like her most recent UNCHR predecessors, Bachelet is an imperial tool, a disgrace to the office she holds.

Why hasn’t she dispatched teams to monitor major human rights abuses in the US, other Western nations, right-wing Latin American ones, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and other fascist dictatorships allied with the US war machine.

She, secretary general Guterres, and other senior UN official support US-led Western interests, breaching UN Charter principles, blaming imperial victims for high crimes of war, against humanity, and economic terrorism against them.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.