Asshole of the month

Martin Scheinin, UN Special Rapporteur


Interview with UN Special Rapporteur Martin Scheinin, here from 2007

There is no such thing as a global war against terror, and Al Qaeda is but a metaphor. Martin Scheinin is a Finnish Law professor and was recently appointed as UN Special Rapporteur. Here is his job description.

What bothers this Un Special Rapporteur is the holding of detainees at the US naval base in Guantanamo among other things. Read it here

And this is what keeps this Special Rapporteur busy:

In case you weren’t sure, human gender is “changeable over time and contexts,” sex slaves must not be “stigmatized” for their work, and it’s important to recognize the role of “transgender and intersex individuals as stakeholders” in counterterrorism policy.


Do counter-terrorism measures targeting bombers who dress as women offend the rights of transexuals? This is one of the pressing questions addressed in a new United Nations report on “Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.”

H/T Vlad Tepes

The 23-page document is the ultimate politically correct guide to combating do nothing about Islamic terrorism. It is based on the work of U.N. special rapporteur Martin Scheinin, who notes that “immigration controls that focus attention on male bombers who may be dressing as females to avoid scrutiny make transgender persons susceptible to increased harassment and suspicion.” The impact on transvestites (cross-dressers) and “intersex” individuals (those in the midst of a sex change) is even more dramatic.

Security always involves trade-offs. Everyone is subject to the inconveniences necessary to keep our society safe, and the impact varies by personal circumstances. Those who travel put up with more than those who do not. People with metal medical implants set off detectors more often. Those who live in Washington encounter more security restrictions than those who live in Peoria. Traditional Muslim women cannot go into banks wearing face-covering veils, a fact that has nothing to do with religion but with the bank’s legitimate interest in not allowing masked people on the premises. This last conflict is a case of cultural insensitivity – namely the veiled woman’s insensitivity to the bank’s cultural norm of not wanting to be robbed.

The U.N. report condemns profiling as a form of stereotyping. But profiling in practice is not based on mindless bigotry but on observed patterns of behavior. Suicide terrorists have used “belly bombs” that make them look like pregnant women, since pregnant women were profiled as a lesser threat and could more easily get through checkpoints. Young, single white women traveling alone to and from West Africa may be subject to additional scrutiny when going through customs because drug smugglers began using them as mules precisely because they had previously not been subject to scrutiny. Terrorists and criminals thrive on exploiting these types of behavior patterns, but since, according to the U.N., they would exist in a politically correct world, we should ignore them.

Please go to the link above to read the rest of this scathing indictment of the UN and it’s relentless efforts to destroy the rights of all civilized people to live in security and enjoy the benifits of Western civilization by pretending to be concerned about the rights of everyone else, like terrorists.

The United Nations is a biotope for pond-scum, oxygen thieves, commie agit props for the most corrupt regimes on the globe. This harmless appearing Finnish kook may sound like a some kind of lunatic, but make no mistake: there are efforts by like minded fools to implement his mind-bending fantasies…

U.N. Report Demands Repeal of Counterterrorism Laws to Promote ‘Gender Equality’

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In case you weren’t sure, human gender is “changeable over time and contexts,” sex slaves must not be “stigmatized” for their work, and it’s important to recognize the role of “transgender and intersex individuals as stakeholders” in counterterrorism policy.

Those are some of the conclusions of a United Nations report on counterterrorism that is intended to promote human rights — but that critics say is designed to redefine gender and hamstring actual counterterror efforts.

Martin Scheinin, a special rapporteur for the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, filed his report in August after six months of studying the “complex relationship between gender equality and countering terrorism.”

Scheinin recommends a radical reworking of counterterrorism policies, insisting that the U.N.’s member nations “abandon the ‘war paradigm'” and “enshrine the principles of gender-equality and non-discrimination in the design and implementation of all counter-terrorism measures.”

Among his proposals:

• “Repeal all counter-terrorism measures” that sanction the ill-treatment of women and children as a way to put pressure on terror suspects within their families.

• Loosen terror financing laws to ensure “safe and effective channels for funding … of organizations devoted to gender equality”

• “Repeal restrictive immigration controls” that violate human rights by “unduly penalizing transgender persons whose personal appearance and data are subject to change” as their “self-defined gender identity” changes.

Critics say the suggestions are part of an “absolutely insane” agenda at the U.N. that too often seems intent on undermining efforts to blot out terrorism across the globe.

“I would be surprised and disturbed if the U.S. took any of these recommendations seriously,” said Steven Groves, a fellow and international law expert at the Heritage Foundation.

“It seems an inescapable conclusion that their desire is to greatly weaken any effective counterterrorism measure that is made by the U.S. or its allies.”

The report criticized enhanced security checks “that focus attention on male bombers who may be dressing as females to avoid scrutiny [and] make transgender persons” — who might also be crossdressing — “susceptible to increased harassment and suspicion.”

“Once you put them into a form of an overall policy what you do is undermine the nature of counterterrorism,” said Herb London, president of the Hudson Institute. “You’re trying to thwart the ability of those to counter terrorist activity.”

Scheinin is set to present his findings Monday morning to the U.N.’s 3rd Committee, which helps set policy on social and cultural issues and oversees the Human Rights Council for the world body.

The Finnish law professor has been a special rapporteur since 2005. This year he visited Egypt as part of his mandate for the 47-member Council, and criticized countries like Somalia and Pakistan for selling out women’s rights to arrange a tenuous peace with Islamic militants.

Legal experts said it was important to consider the effects of security measures on human rights, including the question of gender.

“It does not strike me as ridiculous … to look at policies through the lens of gender,” said Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Wittes noted that gender issues — including the Taliban’s vicious treatment of women — have made it virtually impossible for Western nations and Pakistan to have normal relations with the Taliban.

“That’s not an inconsiderable criticism — it’s a valid criticism,” he said. But Wittes added that to place “gender rights at the center of (counterterrorism policy) is kind of an absurd proposition” that he said made the report ridiculous.

Schienen did not return requests for comment.

Past reports from the special rapporteur have focused on many issues relating to women — including the challenges faced by pregnant Palestinians trying to cross border checkpoints and the effects of counterterror measures on Chechnyan women.

But U.N. watchers say the new report is a confused amalgamation of important issues like women’s rights and tangential ones that have very little real application, including Scheinin’s demand that invasions like the U.S.’s “war on terror” in Afghanistan be “actually responsive to the concerns of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals in local contexts.”

London, of the Hudson Institute, said that it was hopeless to look for moral guidance from a body composed of some of the world’s most brutal and repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia and China.

“The Human Rights Council and the nations that are represented on it, they’re clearly involved in human rights violations,” London told “They’re going to be the arbiters of human rights?”

The Third Committee will hear reports from a number of its 36 special rapporteurs and pass on some of their recommendations to the General Assembly.

The committee hearings do not provide the force of law for Schienen’s proposals, but some critics of the report say it represents a “stealth effort” to change international law and the meaning of gender by fiat.

“There might have been value in a report that addressed how counterterrorism efforts interact with the rights of women,” said Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council.

“But by burdening this report with these extreme forms of social engineering, it makes the report kind of laughable.”

Spencer: UN Aids Jihadis

In Human Events this morning I discuss yet another strange new initiative in that land of strange new initiatives, the UN:

That they have broken up several major jihad plots in recent weeks is a tribute to American intelligence gathering and law enforcement. To them must go the credit for the fact that the U.S. is not this week picking up the pieces after another major terror attack.

Yet just as Islamic terrorists appear to be ramping up their efforts within the United States, at the UN a new report recommends not the strengthening, but the repeal of counterterrorism laws.

In a bizarre report to the UN Human Rights Council, ostensibly on counterrorism but actually more intent on social engineering, a Finnish law professor who is a special rapporteur to the UNHRC, Martin Scheinin, examines what he calls the “complex relationship between gender equality and countering terrorism.”

What does working for “gender equality” have to do with resisting Islamic jihad terrorism? Nothing whatsoever, but Scheinin is determined to change that. He calls on UN member states to “abandon the ‘war paradigm'” and instead “enshrine the principles of gender-equality and non-discrimination in the design and implementation of all counter-terrorism measures.” He demanded that the American “war on terror” be “actually responsive to the concerns of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals in local contexts.” Instead, apparently, of actually defending Americans from terrorists.

Scheinin also recommended that laws designed to interdict the financing of terror groups be relaxed. Why? To make sure that “safe and effective channels for funding” were available for “organizations devoted to gender equality.” He advocated the repeal of “restrictive immigration controls” that penalize “transgender persons whose personal appearance and data are subject to change.” What does that have to do with terrorism? Why, some jihadists have escaped detection by donning burqas — and Scheinin wants to make that easier. He says that to “focus attention on male bombers who may be dressing as females to avoid scrutiny” runs the risk of making “transgender persons…susceptible to increased harassment and suspicion.”

It would be laughable that any of this would appear in a United Nations report on counterterrorism — if only it weren’t true. Scheinin’s recommendations obviously stem from the assumption that actual terrorism is a fiction, a construct of governments he considers reactionary (principally, no doubt, the administration of George W. Bush). Unfortunately, one group that doesn’t appear to have gotten the message are the Islamic jihadists themselves.

Before the UNHRC follows Scheinin’s recommendations to discard counterterrorism laws in the name of political correctness, it should consider some recent developments in the United States.

Just last week, for example, a Muslim in Boston, Tarek Mehanna, was arrested for plotting to massacre American civilians in a shopping mall, as well as to murder to “members of the executive branch” that law enforcement officials declined to identify.

In recent weeks there have been other plots as well: two Muslims, including an imam, were arrested for their alleged roles in an elaborate plot involving numerous other Muslims in New York City and Denver, who were evidently planning a major jihad attack at a sports stadium. Another Islamic jihadist, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, was arrested after placing an inert car bomb at a 60-story office tower in downtown Dallas. Yet another jihadist, an American convert calling himself Talib Islam, was arrested for plotting to blow up the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield, Illinois.

It would be difficult to find a comparable period since 9/11 in which so many plots have been uncovered around the same time — and this makes Scheinin’s recommendations all the more grotesque. Is this really time to “abandon the ‘war paradigm'”? This is a time, on the contrary, to refine and expand that “war paradigm,” to take into account all the many ways in which Islamic supremacists are attempting to bring elements of Islamic law into Western societies – including those that have no connection to actual terrorism. But the many recent foiled terror plots indicates that the United Nations, if it treats Scheinin’s report seriously at all, is suffering from a severe disconnection from reality.

That disconnect is nothing new, really, when it comes to the United Nations. But in this case even more than usual, lives are at stake.

One thought on “Asshole of the month”

  1. This guy should be granted Asshole of the Year.

    I know. Obama was supposed to get that honor but I think this Eurocreep is a tad more assholian.

    He needs a long swim in the Hudson River, eh?

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