The feisty chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee denounced a special U.N. meeting as a “dictatorfest” after she learned that some of the world’s most authoritarian regimes planned to defend Venezuela’s human rights record.
Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen noted that diplomats from China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Syria and Vietnam were scheduled to support Venezuela, which was the subject this year of a periodic human rights review of all 193 members of the United Nations.
“It is outrageous and dangerous that tyrants continue to hijack the Human Rights Council and other U.N. bodies in order to protect each other, while condemning free democracies such as the United States and Israel,” Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen said.
The Human Rights Council has adopted 32 resolutions condemning Israel since the United Nations created the 47-member panel in 2006. That number represents 48 percent of all of the council resolutions.
HUNGARIANS STILL ROCK
However, the embassy’s new band, the Diplomats, needs help. The players are looking for a singer “with a characteristic tone fitting rock and blues songs.” They’ll take a man or a woman.
The band asks anyone who will devote about two hours a week to rehearsals to send an email to RSVP.WAS@mfa.gov.hu.
Mr. Simonyi, ambassador here from 2002 to 2007, organized a band with drummer Alexander Vershbow, a former U.S. ambassador, and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, a former guitarist with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan who now is a Defense Department adviser.
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