[News] All Around The World

A posting place for news from places around the globe, outside of the US/Europe.

Here's a good-un:

'Do you ever think about me?': the children sex tourists leave behind

Brigette Sicat will not be going to school today. She sits, knees to chest, in a faded Winnie-the-Pooh T-shirt, on the double mattress that makes up half her home. At night, she curls up here with her grandmother and two cousins, beneath the leaky sheets of corrugated iron that pass for a roof. Today, the monsoon rain is constant and the floor has turned to mud.

Brigette, 10, and her 11-year-old cousin, Arianne, aren’t in school because they have a stomach bug. There is no toilet and no running water, and no means of cooking other than over an open fire. Even when she is well, Brigette is often too hungry to tackle the 10-minute walk to school. Brigette’s mother is a sex worker. And Brigette knows that somewhere, far away, in a barely imaginable but often-thought-of place called England, she has a father. She knows only his given name: Matthew.

Asked what she would say to him, were she able to send him a message, Brigette is at first stumped for words. Then she bursts out in Tagalog: “Who are you? Where are you? Do you ever think about me?” Her grandmother, Juana, her fingers swollen with arthritis and suffering from a lack of medication for her diabetes, sits by her side.

Juana, Arianne, Brigette and Arianne’s brother, Aris, survive on 200 pesos (£3) a day, contributed by Arianne and Aris’s father. (He drives a Jeepney – a public transport vehicle originally converted from Jeeps abandoned by the US military.) Juana, 61, tells me she thinks she may not live much longer. But she wants the girls to finish school, to keep them from working in the bars.

These are the slums of Angeles City in the Philippines, and the children here represent a United Nations of parentage. Their faces tell that story – fair skin, black skin, Korean features, caucasian. That’s because their fathers, like Brigette’s, are sex tourists.

You can see these slums on Google Earth – a tumble of rusty corrugated iron and rubbish dumps stretching from the streets down to the river. When you visit, it is the smell, like soured milk, that hits you first. Closer to the dump, it is more pungent. Here you will find the poorest of the poor – including the women too old for the sex trade – earning what they can from combing through the fetid piles, looking for plastic and metals they can sell. There is the noise of motorbikes and rain and c*cks crowing. The men hold c*ck fights nearby, the birds fighting to the death. It is illegal, but so is prostitution.

The men who live here are construction workers building the hotels that support the sex tourism industry, or drivers, or security guards. The children run at their heels or in the gutters, or play a game involving throwing flip-flops at an old tin can. The mothers are often themselves the children of sex workers and foreigners without a name; these young children are a third generation abandoned by their fathers.

'A real source of hope': social media opens Thailand's junta to criticism

Just over a week ago, Thailand’s army chief began trending on Twitter.

It started with an order, made by General Apirat Kongsompong that 160 radio stations across the country must play the 1970s anti-communist propaganda song, Nuk Paen Din (Scum of the Earth) which glorifies the might of the armed forces, on a daily basis.

The social media backlash was almost instantaneous, with the military lambasted for being archaic, out of touch and trying to use cold war tactics to brainwash the Thai people and influence the outcome of the looming 24 March general election. Less than three hours after Apirat, who is also secretary general of the ruling military government, became a trending topic, the order was rescinded.

The reversal – unprecedented in a system where the criticism of the junta is usually met by prosecution, not compromise – was an indicator of the increasing power that social media is having in Thai politics.

In the five years since it took power in a coup, the junta has retained an iron grip on traditional media in Thailand, ensuring newspapers and television unfailingly promote its agenda. Those who dared to criticise were often prosecuted under the draconian computer crimes law. The narrative propagated in media was one of stability and prosperity; a world away from the reality of a stagnant economy and high unemployment that has defined military rule.

K-pop scandal: South Korea’s 'Great Gatsby' charged over illegal prostitution ring

A member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop boy bands has announced his retirement after being charged over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring, in the latest scandal to hit the country’s entertainment industry.

Seungri, part of the globally popular Big Bang, said he would retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency and fellow band members further embarrassment, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The decision came after news of the scandal spread on social media on Monday.

Shares in YG Entertainment, the band’s powerful talent agency, slid by as much as 14%, according to Bloomberg. Other K-pop management companies suffered losses.

Known as “Korea’s Great Gatsby” for his lavish lifestyle, the 28-year-old is suspected of supplying prostitutes to foreign investors at several nightclubs in Seoul’s upmarket Gangnam district.

Prostitution is illegal in South Korea. The charges against Seungri carry a prison sentence of up to three years. He has denied the allegations.

Police are also investigating allegations the Burning Sun nightclub, where Seungri was a public relations director, was involved in illegal drug use, sexual assaults and police corruption, Yonhap reported.

I might not have posted this at all, but in the comments where I originally heard about it, I also learned about the stories of G.Na and Jang Ja-Yeon:

According to South Korean reports, Jang claimed that her agent Kim Sung-hoon had regularly beaten her and forced her to have sex with a string of VIPs, including directors, media executives and CEOs. Kim Sung-hoon, who was in Japan, denied the accusations. Jang left a 7-page note listing at least 31 names of media executives, CEOs, and directors that she claimed she was forced into having sex with. South Korean police have suppressed the full list.

No-one went to jail, of course, although with the (much smaller) rise of #MeToo in Korea, some are calling for the case to be reopened and investigated.

Basically, given the sheer amount of control involved in the creation and production of K-Pop, while I do not want to impugn the whole industry based on three stories, there is a chunk of me that feels like "hm... something's off here."

Reading that wikipedia article, Jang Ja-Yeon killed herself at the age of 29 after battle with depression, and in her suicide note she blamed the above abuse for her decision to take her own life. The whole thing is beyond awful. I really hope the people responsible will face justice, though I have my doubts.

She named 31 people. None of whom, at least from what I've seen, have ever come close to seeing the inside of a courtroom over it.

Well, hello.

A second K-pop star has dramatically quit the music business, in a growing industry sex scandal.

Jung Joon-young, 30, admitted to secretly filmed himself having sex with women and sharing the footage.

"I admit to all my crimes," said Jung in a statement. He also promised to drop all his TV and music work.

It comes a day after superstar Seungri from the group Big Bang quit the industry after he was charged with sex bribery.

Jung, who is accused of taping 10 or more women, is due to be questioned by Seoul Metropolitan Police on Thursday.

"I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a chatroom, and while I was doing so I didn't feel a great sense of guilt," said Jung in the statement released late on Tuesday.

It came after South Korean broadcaster SBS reported allegations that he had filmed his own sex videos without his partners' permission, and shared them with friends in a mobile chat group during 2015-16.

He apologised to the fans he had "outraged", and to the women whose privacy he violated.

"Throughout the rest of my life, I will repent on my immoral and illegal acts that constitute crimes," he said.

"I will faithfully cooperate with an investigation by police that will start on Thursday and I will readily accept whatever punishment is in store for me."

This is not the first time Jung has been accused of filming a sexual encounter without consent. An ex-girlfriend made an allegation against him in 2016, but ultimately withdrew it. The singer claimed she had agreed to the filming.

I get the sense that they are literally just scratching the surface of this kind of stuff, but that a whole lot of very, very powerful people are going to work very hard to make sure the digging goes no further than surface deep.

I mean, at least they apologize and leave the industry. Over here in America they get the women to sign NDAs and send ex-Mossad agents after reporters who try to look into the story.

Gremlin wrote:

I mean, at least they apologize and leave the industry. Over here in America they get the women to sign NDAs and send ex-Mossad agents after reporters who try to look into the story.

Not sure that means much if the industry is as fabricated as I think it is. Only the expendables “apologize and leave”; the problem still exists.

So, uh.... maybe this is becoming a thing?

Yong Junhyung Leaves K-pop Group HIGHLIGHT & Admits Knowledge of Sex Crimes Scandal

Rapper-songwriter Yong Junhyung has withdrawn from boy band HIGHLIGHT, formerly known as BEAST, amid a series of crimes shaking the South Korean entertainment world.

Yong took to Instagram on Thursday morning in Seoul (March 14) to announce the news and confirm his knowledge and viewership of illegal videos taken by singer Jung Joonyoung. Jung is currently under investigation over allegations that he secretly filmed videos while sleeping with women and shared the footage with others in the entertainment industry via messenger chats.

In his post, Yong admitted to receiving illegally filmed video footage from Jung, and partaking in “inappropriate conversations.”

“I treated it as not a big deal without thinking that it is a crime and illegal act,” he wrote, as per Soompi’s translation. He later added, “Although I knew of what was happening during that time, I thought of it as not a big deal and acted at ease. I was a silent bystander about this severe issue where several more victims may have arisen due to my actions.”

Heavy, heavy emphasis on maybe.

The Sex Scandals Shaking K-Pop And A Reckoning Over How South Korea Regards Women

A total of four Korean entertainers have abruptly retired from the industry this week, in a widening scandal linking the glossy world of K-pop with a series of seedy sex crimes. The biggest players — Seungri, of the influential all-male group Big Bang, and the 29-year-old singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young — have both apologized to the public for their involvement in twin, interlocking cases of exploitation of women.

To catch you up: Investigators booked Seungri on Monday on suspicion of supplying prostitutes for businessmen at one of Seoul's upscale night clubs, setting off a media feeding frenzy that ensnared the second star, Jung, and potentially more famous men to come.

Seungri is denying charges of brokering prostitution. But in statements to the press, Seoul Metropolitan Police say an investigation into his Kakaotalk messages (Kakao is South Korea's dominant messaging platform) found evidence of "pimping" — they claim he was not only offering different types of women to investors, but he was part of a separate group chat with the other star, Jung.

That's where the details get more sordid. Police say the near-dozen participants in the Jung chatroom were sharing hidden camera footage of sex with drugged and unconscious women. Korean broadcaster SBS showed the leaked text exchanges, which include Jung responding to a video of one unconscious woman by texting in Korean, "You raped her, LOL."

For first time in nearly a year, Hamas calls off weekly Gaza border protest.

Apparently Hamas can cancel those any time, so much for 'spontaneous protests'...

Weekly Hamas-spurred protests along the Gaza-Israel border were called off Friday after a serious escalation overnight between Palestinian terrorists and Israel, organizers announced, the first time they have not been held in almost a year.
“In keeping with the public interest, the commission has decided to exceptionally postpone its activities scheduled for this day,” the body which organizes the protests said in a statement.
Protests will resume in the coming weeks, with particular preparation for the one-year anniversary of their beginning on March 30, it said.
The cancellation, the first of its kind in a year, came after two rockets were fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv late Thursday — the first such attack since 2014. Israel said its aircraft struck more than 100 Hamas targets in Gaza overnight in response, and Gaza terrorist fired nine more rockets at Israeli border areas.
An official from the organizing committee, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the protests were delayed “to protect our people due to the escalation and the Israeli aggression.”
The protests have frequently degenerated into mass riots along the fence, throwing rocks, fire bombs and hand-grenades at Israeli troops, burning tires and trying to breach the security fence. Israeli soldiers usually respond with tear gas and, in some cases, live fire.
Israel has accused Hamas, the terror organization that rules the Strip, of orchestrating the clashes and using them as cover to breach the border fence and carry out attacks.
Recent weeks have seen a dramatic increase in the level of violence along the Gaza border, with near nightly riots and a return of airborne arson attacks, which had waned in light of a de facto ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

The story: Gaza rocket destroys home in central Israel, 7 wounded

Two women were moderately hurt and five others, including an infant, lightly wounded after a rocket fired by Gaza militants struck a residential house in a community northeast of Tel Aviv; Netanyahu cuts his Washington trip short in light of the rocket attack

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Personal experience:

I woke up today around 5:20 AM to the sound of screaming sirens. While the sound of rocket alarms is almost an everyday experience for the Israelis in southern Israel (where my parents live), it has been around 4-5 years since I last heard a siren in this part of the country (Hashron area, north of Tel Aviv).
Of course, I had seconds to react. I jumped out of bed, grabbed my 2 months baby boy while yelling to my wife to grab our other son, 4 years old. She did just that with no hesitation and we all ran to a shelter.
The moment we stepped in the protected space, we heard a big explosion. It later turned out that the rocket landed about 5-6 kilometers from our place, destroying a house and injuring 7 family members, including an infant.

Personally, I am used to sirens from the years I spent living in the south. You can't really get used to that but somehow we manage to get back to our everyday routine very fast. No other choice as things happen in a hectic pace.

The thing I do fear is the well being of my family, especially the mental health of my kids. How do I tell them about war? How do I tell them that someone is trying to murder us by shooting rockets at our house (among other Palestinian crimes against humanity)?

At the moment, I still don't talk about it with my older son. He was too sleepy during the night and when he asked me in the morning why did he wake up in another bed, I told him there was a thunderstorm at night so we had to move him.

Most of the population in our area consists of Arabs. Even the women who look out for my son and educate him in the kindergarten are Arabs and I gladly trust his lives in their hands. My son can't tell between Jews and Arabs. There's no us and them for him, no war and no conflict. I know that one day the reality will hit us in the face and he will understand that the world we live in isn't so great. Until then, I'm going to do everything I can to keep his innocent view for as long as I can.

Thanks as always for your perspective, Sonny. Rockets near Tel Aviv is an escalation in Hamas' abilities, if I'm not mistaken.

I may not be a fan of Netanyahu (like, at all), but that does not preclude me from admitting that Hamas are a bunch of power-hungry, genocidal assholes who have made Palestinian's lives worse.

Meanwhile...

Is China's fishing fleet taking all of West Africa's fish?

Is there anything we, as a species, aren't f**king up right now?

Like, this is absolutely one of the things that will lead to an increase in refugees and economic migrants in the future.

Does Betteridge's Law apply? I would read the article but it is a 12 minute video instead.

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There's a sort of movement in New Zealand after the mass shooting for women to wear headscarf as a way to show support for the Muslim community.

Honestly, I am very confused by this. While many people choose to wear a headscarf or hijab, for many other women is a sign of great oppression. In many Arab countries girls are forced to wear a headscarf from a young age and women are treated like dogs, having little rights, beaten up, etc.

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Not only that but in the particular picture above the women pose exactly like ISIS terrorists. The symbol means 'there is only one God and every other God is false'. Surely they don't believe in Allah nor sympathize with ISIS and are simply misinformed but I feel like it is getting out of hand.

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Here's a very recent case from Iran:

Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison, her family says

Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her family.
Sotoudeh is well known for representing human rights defenders, dissidents and women who protested against the compulsory wearing of a headscarf in Iran.
According to IRNA, Iran’s state-owned news service, the human rights lawyer was convicted of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and for “insulting the Supreme Leader”.

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If there are any Muslim members here, I'd like to hear what they think about this.
In my opinion, there are other, better ways to show your support for a community and truly support Islam\the Muslim community rather than Islamism.

Feels weird to me, in the sense that it feels like wearing a yarmulke as a show of support after a Jewish tragedy--granted, the existing discourse around hijab is somewhat different. But I wouldn't wear the traditional garb of anyone else as a general rule.

As for the larger debate--I think legal restrictions on wearing head coverings are misguided. Particularly since it is a symbol and a symptom, not an actual problem. Banning them would just hurt people who want to practice their religion while not actually helping people who are actually suffering. You're not going to save anyone with a ban, and it's mostly a way to let progressives feel good about themselves while not having to confront their racism.

Granted, I'm speaking in the context of being in a Western country.

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL’S PREPARING FOR A BROAD CAMPAIGN IN GAZA

Israel is preparing for a broad campaign in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday after he visited southern Israel.

“I have ordered the strengthening of our troop so we can be prepared for a broad campaign. The citizens of Israel should know, that if we must embark on a broad campaign, we will hit them [Hamas] very hard, but only after all other options have been exhausted.”

He spoke in advance of an anticipated increase in violence in Gaza over the weekend, as Palestinians prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of the Hamas-led Great March of Return.

The event, which has focused on weekly violent Palestinian protests along the Gaza border, has kept the potential of a renewed IDF-Hamas conflict simmering for the last year.

Rocket fire toward central Israel in the last few weeks, including the attack earlier this week that destroyed a home and injured a family of seven, has made such an outbreak more likely.

Egypt and the United Nations have been working intensely behind the scenes to ensure that calm is maintained.

My view:

The title is a bit misleading since it might imply that Israel is striving towards a broad campaign in Gaza.
The opposite is the truth, actually. No one really wants a military campaign, especially since there's no strategy nor a long term plan towards Gaza, which means a military campaign will result in many casualties on both ends and maybe some quiet for a while but eventually, without a peace plan or any kind of diplomacy we will end at the exact point we are at now.

Hamas has its own problems. It has financial issues (it poured millions into offensive terror tunnels but Israel discovered & destroyed them), the population is protesting against them (even against a ruthless islamic rule they feel they have nothing to lose) and so on.
Hamas has absolutely nothing to offer to the people of Gaza and so they do the only thing they know - fuel the hate & conflict with Israel. They keep walking a thin line - on one hand inflict terror on the Israelis, on the other, don't push it enough to force Israel into a broad ground operation in Gaza.

There are elections in Israel in less than two weeks. Netanyahu, who's right wing campaign is based on projecting strength is being hammered by both right & left for not taking action against Hamas, despite rockets on Tel Aviv area. Like him or not (I don't...), he is being incredibly strong and calculated, not rushing into war.

Of course, it is not entirely up to Netanyahu. Without any kind of plan towards Gaza, Hamas is the one dictating the events. It shoots when it wants to and it turns the violence levels up and down as it pleases since it knows Israel will not rush into war and there's really no other solution for now.

We are ahead of a very few tense days. Hamas insists on going through with the 1 year anniversary of the organized riots on the border ("March of Return"), which are expected to be even more violent than ever. Israel is amassing quite a lot of ground forces around Gaza and the army got very strict orders to prevent hostility towards Israelis (shooting, explosive balloons, terrorist border crossing into Israeli towns, etc).

Hope everyone survives the weekend. I will update.

Does Gaza have a standing military for another military to campaign against?

thrawn82 wrote:

Does Gaza have a standing military for another military to campaign against?

There are terrorist organizations that very much operate like a standing military. Regular fighters on a paycheck, different specialty units, uniform, weapons, military ranks and structure.

Hamas has Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which is their military wing of roughly 30,000 - 50,000 fighters. They have dozens of thousands of rockets which they use to target civilians in Israel. Then there's Islamic Jihad, another terrorist organization backed by Iran. Roughly 10,000, maybe more. Also a very big missile arsenal.

There are many smaller terrorists cells but in Gaza those are the main two.
Hamas also has the de facto rule so he is held responsible for any terrorism coming out of Gaza.

So it's more COIN than a traditional military campaign? I guess i don;t know much about gaza, how big is the civilian population there? I always pictures it as a small-medium city sized area.

thrawn82 wrote:

So it's more COIN than a traditional military campaign? I guess i don;t know much about gaza, how big is the civilian population there? I always pictures it as a small-medium city sized area.

CIA factbook entry

Keeping in mind that Factbook can be viewed as our propaganda instead of, say, Israeli propaganda.

Reaper81 wrote:
thrawn82 wrote:

So it's more COIN than a traditional military campaign? I guess i don;t know much about gaza, how big is the civilian population there? I always pictures it as a small-medium city sized area.

CIA factbook entry

Keeping in mind that Factbook can be viewed as our propaganda instead of, say, Israeli propaganda.

thanks that's exactly the info i was looking for.

I’ve tried to avoid details of such news, but heard about this unwillingly.
Main suspect worked in church organization, and was also night watch in confirmation school -camp
Police suspect finns of role in violent international child porn ring

Let's see how fast the corrupted UN Human Rights council is going to condone this or bring it up at all.
While It is busy targeting *one* country, real human rights violations like this one go completely unnoticed.

Brunei implements stoning to death under anti-LGBT laws

Brunei is introducing strict new Islamic laws that make anal sex and adultery offences punishable by stoning to death.
The new measures, that come into force on Wednesday, also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation.
The move has sparked international condemnation.
Brunei's gay community has expressed shock and fear at the "medieval punishments".
"You wake up and realise that your neighbours, your family or even that nice old lady that sells prawn fritters by the side of the road doesn't think you're human, or is okay with stoning," one Bruneian gay man, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC.
The sultan of the small South-East Asian nation on Wednesday called for "stronger" Islamic teachings.
"I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger," Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a public address, according to AFP news agency, without mentioning the strict new interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.
Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Muslims make up about two-thirds of the country's population of 420,000. Brunei has retained the death penalty but has not carried out an execution since 1957.
sonny615 wrote:

Let's see how fast the corrupted UN Human Rights council is going to condone this or bring it up at all.
While It is busy targeting *one* country, real human rights violations like this one go completely unnoticed.

Brunei implements stoning to death under anti-LGBT laws

Brunei is introducing strict new Islamic laws that make anal sex and adultery offences punishable by stoning to death.
The new measures, that come into force on Wednesday, also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation.
The move has sparked international condemnation.
Brunei's gay community has expressed shock and fear at the "medieval punishments".
"You wake up and realise that your neighbours, your family or even that nice old lady that sells prawn fritters by the side of the road doesn't think you're human, or is okay with stoning," one Bruneian gay man, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC.
The sultan of the small South-East Asian nation on Wednesday called for "stronger" Islamic teachings.
"I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger," Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a public address, according to AFP news agency, without mentioning the strict new interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.
Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Muslims make up about two-thirds of the country's population of 420,000. Brunei has retained the death penalty but has not carried out an execution since 1957.

Looks like they responded almost immediately:
https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/04...

NathanialG wrote:
sonny615 wrote:

Let's see how fast the corrupted UN Human Rights council is going to condone this or bring it up at all.
While It is busy targeting *one* country, real human rights violations like this one go completely unnoticed.

Brunei implements stoning to death under anti-LGBT laws

Brunei is introducing strict new Islamic laws that make anal sex and adultery offences punishable by stoning to death.
The new measures, that come into force on Wednesday, also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation.
The move has sparked international condemnation.
Brunei's gay community has expressed shock and fear at the "medieval punishments".
"You wake up and realise that your neighbours, your family or even that nice old lady that sells prawn fritters by the side of the road doesn't think you're human, or is okay with stoning," one Bruneian gay man, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC.
The sultan of the small South-East Asian nation on Wednesday called for "stronger" Islamic teachings.
"I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger," Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a public address, according to AFP news agency, without mentioning the strict new interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.
Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Muslims make up about two-thirds of the country's population of 420,000. Brunei has retained the death penalty but has not carried out an execution since 1957.

Looks like they responded almost immediately:
https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/04...

Two bodies at the UN expressing concern?
I was talking about the UN Human Rights council. Let's see when they take a real action\resolution on this.

They didn't "express concern" they urged for repeal.

The article NathanialG linked wrote:

UNAIDS and UNFPA supported the calls of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the open letter of the five UN Nations human rights mandate holders to “suspend the implementation of the revised penal code and urge all governments to protect the human rights of all people”.

I don't really know how it all works, but it looks to me like the Human Rights Council isn't currently in session to be making resolutions. Short of declaring an emergency session, these call from their representatives seem like the strongest action they can take, no?

BushPilot wrote:

They didn't "express concern" they urged for repeal.

The article NathanialG linked wrote:

UNAIDS and UNFPA supported the calls of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the open letter of the five UN Nations human rights mandate holders to “suspend the implementation of the revised penal code and urge all governments to protect the human rights of all people”.

I don't really know how it all works, but it looks to me like the Human Rights Council isn't currently in session to be making resolutions. Short of declaring an emergency session, these call from their representatives seem like the strongest action they can take, no?

So what if a law was passed in 2019 allowing stoning gay people to death?
Absolutely no reason for emergency meeting. I mean, it's only Brunei, right?

Fair enough, let's wait for a regular meeting and see if they do something then.

BTW, also waiting for action against Saudi Arabia arresting journalists, activists and intellectuals or Venezuela's Maduro stripping immunity of opposition paving way to prosecution or any of the numerous human rights violations in Turkey.

Let me give you a spoiler: we'll be waiting for a very long time.
Here are the UN general assembly condemnations adopted during 2018:

Israel – 21
Iran – 1
Syria – 1
North Korea – 1
Russia – 1
Myanmar – 1
US – 1
Algeria – 0
China – 0
Hamas – 0
Iraq – 0
Pakistan – 0
Qatar – 0
Saudi – 0
Somalia – 0
Turkey – 0
Venezuela – 0
Zimbabwe – 0

Seems perfectly balanced, right?

When you have Iraq elected as vice-chair for UN women's right committee (the third worst (!!) country in the world on gender equality), where Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iraq sit on the UN Human Rights council, where Qaddaffi Prize founder Jean Ziagler sits in the Human Rights advisory committee and Syria is a Rapporteur of Decolonization committee fighting 'subjugation of peoples'... what can you expect?

Yeah, the condemnations of the US are way too low.