U.S. Advocacy Groups Now UN Target

The United Nations oversight committee that booted the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Commission is trying to ban several private human rights advocacy groups from participation in the United Nations. Those targeted include Freedom House, the Family Research Council, the Baptist World Alliance, and the Simon Weisenthal Center.

"First, they silenced the United States' voice on the human rights commission. Now they are going after U.S.-based human rights advocacy groups," said Freedom House President Adrian Karatnycky.

Freedom House lately has upset Russia by questioning its military actions in Chechnya; angered the Chinese with criticism of religious intolerance; alienated Cuba by pressing for freedom of speech; and enraged Sudan by challenging its bid for membership in the Security Council on human rights grounds. All four governments are represented on the non-governmental organizations subcommittee.