Photo of the Week: Human Rights Council Makes Significant Impact on the World

Posted by Luke Forgerson
March 2, 2012
Assistant Secretary Brimmer Addresses Human Rights Council on Syria

This week's "Photo of the Week" comes to us from Eric Bridiers, who serves at the U.S. Mission in Geneva. In this photograph, Bridiers captures the domed ceiling of the Human Rights Council chamber, which was created by Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo using pigments from across the globe.

Today, Under Secretary of State Maria Otero addressed the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council and underscored the significant impact the Council makes on the world. Under Secretary Otero said, "When the United States joined the UN Human Rights Council two years ago, we set forth four values that would guide our work in this body: universality, dialogue, principle, and truth. We knew then, as we know now, that the honest dialogue and dedicated effort of this Council will help all of our nations on the path to international peace and security. In the two years since, we have stayed true to those values. But our global challenges remain -- among them, threats to freedoms of assembly, association, expression and religion and to vulnerable populations. As we seek a second term on the Council, the United States stands ready to build on the Council's successes to pursue solutions to these pressing challenges."

Earlier this week, the Human Rights Council held an Urgent Debate on Syria and hosted the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies. You can learn more about the Council's important work by going to the U.S. Mission's website and following @usmissiongeneva and @AmbDonahoe on Twitter. You can view more of Bridiers' photographs on U.S. Mission Geneva's Flickr photostream.

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N S.
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Wisconsin, USA
March 2, 2012

Ms. N.S. in Wisconsin writes:

I hope the U.S. uses its position in the Council to push the UN beyond its frustrating policy of "condemning" atrocities, or even "urging" the violators to cease their crimes. After nine years of violence in Sudan and nearly a year in Syria, it should be obvious that asking a genocidal dictator for permission to help his victims is not only futile, but insulting to the victims. We are giving those who commit atrocities power and respect that they in no way deserve.

numbers45
March 2, 2012

W.W. writes:

Diplomats lookin at the ceiling

for me it represent a falling sky

money33
March 4, 2012

W.W. writes:

under the falling sky :

The 'Democratic' agenda remains intent on 'change' unlike America as we have known it ...redistribution of wealth (equity) ... decline in values and weaker national security ...in essence ...bring America to its knees.

but why

fear15
March 23, 2012

W.W. writes:

Under the falling sky II :

The 'power' behind the 'special interests' aren't idiots. They know precisely what they are doing ...planning and preparing for this very moment in history over generations!

When will American voters and tax payers learn to use their own minds and common sense instead of sound bytes and media to hire (elect) people in government who will best serve their interests and the interests in America's future and sustainabilty ..their children?

the next President must have extensive knowledge of the Constitution and Law to facilitate the ways and means to DEFEND AND REBUILD the nation and at the same time ...a diplomat, warrior, leader, strategist and politician

why not a native islamic sioux basketball player ?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 6, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Luke,

To be honest, that ceiling looks like the aftermath of one giant food fight over human rights.

Or just what happens when the latest tech genius demonstrates his anti-gravity generator at a state dinner,...after crashing the party.

Or simply the visible disgust manifest in the world by the physical inaction of the international community to protect populations being murdered by tyrants.

Take your pick.

Howabout we bring back "the question of the week" on Dipnote? I for one yearn for more substantial contributions to the discorse than a weekly photo-op, thanks.

EJ

Plague
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South Korea
March 23, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Putin.

He want to talk, talk with you?

I fail to loan from israel.

Maureen
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Massachusetts, USA
March 6, 2012

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

@ Luke Forgerson Managing Editor& Eric Bridiers

Wow! Beautiful image.

@ WW Seriously though, look at the work this artist put into this project- you will be amazed!

Artist Gone Wild -- “A planet -cave that brings together men and that goes into the future-the artist says the hall reflects infinity and the multiplicity of viewpoints”

This link has beautiful images of the work in progress: "http://www.lifeinthefastlane.ca/artist-gone-wild-miquel-barcelo/art”

Armaiti F.
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Texas, USA
March 6, 2012

Armaiti F. in Texas writes:

It is such a proud feeling as a citizen to see and hear news about our great government involvement in Human Rights in the world and it is such a deep disappointment to be treated inhumanly by our own government in the U.S. and overseas. My family and I made a trip to Ankara, Turkey not long ago. We were all treated so poorly by our government officials at the U.S. embassy. As a matter of fact, they did not even let us in and left us waiting outside in the cold for hours. They made my husband, an American born U.S. citizen and my one year old son to wait out on the street in the cold. We were far less welcomed than the immigrants who they gladly welcomed. It as such a sad moment to watch students who were there applying for a visa to laugh at us and walk in the embassy with open arms!

Nobody at the U.S. embassy is answering my emails or phone calls. They absolutely do not care. Sadly, the only way to contact them is through a generic email address and phone number. My husband and I tried to call them several times. The person who answers the phone does not have any explanation for us and refuses to direct us to a higher up counselor. There is no contact information for any higher up counselors either.

Our embassy is supposed to represent our great nation over seas and make us as citizens and tax payers proud. Instead, it is an independent fortress our of reach with attitude and absolutely no respect for human rights.

Is this how a proud citizen and tax payers is treated these days?

Arma

amount49
March 6, 2012

W.W. writes:

When man looks to himself for answers to universal problems ...and pundits ponder with the best of conventional wisdom... (even to denounce God ...and possibly His existence as part of the solution) ...the results are exactly where we are at this late hour.

live89
March 7, 2012

W.W. writes:

@ Maureen in Massachusetts

wow thanks I like arts and Architecture and Baroque is one of my favorite

the cave look like a different and far far far away huge mouth-world made of sand

I also liked Star Wheel Horizon a new vision of a reloaded Millennium falcon

wish to live in an house like that ...

anyway : ars gratia artis

series82
March 7, 2012

W.W. writes:

No Shalom till Armageddon

You can only see as far as you can think

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 7, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ WW,

When folks stop looking to themselves to become the solution to universal problems, then we're all in big trouble...(chuckle).

Let the pundits ponder why that is, as I doubt God has a whole lot to do with the results.

Best,

EJ

show72
March 26, 2012

W.W. writes:

@ eric

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi anyway

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