In its 50th global human rights report, rights group Amnesty International slammed the UN Security Council as a failure and “unfit for its purpose” in the wake of global uprisings.
In the backdrop of courageous protesters worldwide, the group says that the UN Security Council is “tired, out of step and increasingly unfit for purpose.” Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary General, said, “Failed leadership has gone global in the last year, with politicians responding to protests with brutality or indifference.”
“In the last year it has all too often become clear that opportunistic alliances and financial interests have trumped human rights as global powers jockey for influence in the Middle East and North Africa,” added Shetty. “The language of human rights is adopted when it serves political or corporate agendas, and shelved when inconvenient or standing in the way of profit.”
Amnesty cites the UN Security Council’s lack of action on crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka and Syria.