Tuesday, May 3, 2011

On May 3

On this day in ...
... 2001 (10 years ago today), in what the BBC called "a surprise result," the United States lost its seat on the Commission of Human Rights. The United States had held 1 of the seats allotted to the Western European and Others Group since 1947, when the United Nations established the Commission and appointed as the inaugural Chair former U.S. 1st Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Meeting on this day in Geneva, Switzerland, however, the U.N. Economic and Social Council elected France, Austria, and Sweden to represent WEOG. The same day also saw the loss of the U.S. seat on the International Narcotics Control Board. Commentators on a subsequent News Hour program attributed the defeat to international dissatisfaction with U.S. policies.

(Prior May 3 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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