Sudan Replaces U.S. on UN Human Rights Panel

Human rights watchers are alarmed that, for the first time in the more than 50-year history of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the United States has been booted off the panel. The move stunned some observers, such as Dan Heath, of Norwegian People's Aid, who now fear the plight of persecuted people will only worsen.

Incredibly, Heath said, the very nation that created and engineered a famine to subjugate its own people, and also enslaves Christians-Sudan-has been awarded the seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC).

In a written statement, Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said the ouster appeared to be a "deliberate attempt to punish the U.S. for insisting the commission tell the truth about human rights abuses wherever they occur."