MPI is a great organization funding pro-liberty film projects. They’ve helped fund several great documentaries. (See films Halvorssen has been involved in) Take a look at their recent news update (make sure to watch the video after reading). What a sick joke.
U.N. COUNCIL SHUTS DOWN THOR HALVORSSEN’S TESTIMONY
MPI’s newest documentary,U.N. Me, reveals how the U.N has abandoned its responsibilities to foster peace and freedom, instead allowing dictators to tie its hands and dominate its agenda.
On June 28, MPI founder andHuman Rights Foundation(HRF) president Thor Halvorssen witnessed this firsthand.
Thor was scheduled to testify at the U.N. for the campaign to stop Hugo Chavez’s bid to elect Venezuela to a seat on the Human Rights Council.
Right out of the gate, Thor began cataloguing the Venezuelan government’s numerous human rights violations. Allowing Venezuela onto the council, he said, would not only be a shame and embarrassment, but would also serve to validate authoritarian governments like that of Cuba.
Needless to say, his speech was met with strong protest.
Thor writes in the Huffington Post, “No sooner had I mentioned the word ‘Cuba’ in the context of human rights violations than the Cuban delegation began to create a scene, complete with banging their fists on the table and kicking over a chair, to force the council president to interrupt my speech on a point of order.”
The China, Russia, and Pakistan delegations joined in the tirade, demanding he be silenced. Thor’s speech was then immediately cut off by the Human Rights Council president.
Time and time again, the U.N. allows tyrannical states a platform for their own agendas. As Thor witnessed, even the council specifically designed to protect human rights forbids the condemnation or even questioning of known human rights violators.
The U.N. may still claim to uphold lofty humanitarian ideals, but Thor’s experience reveals yet again just how corrupt the organization truly is — and how vital MPI films like U.N. Me are.