According to Kofi Annan, the United Nations is suffering a credibility problem because the UN Human Rights Commission is hopelessly broken and in need of replacement.

According to Annan, “We have reached a point at which the commission’s declining credibility has cast a shadow on the reputation of the United Nations system as a whole and where piecemeal reforms will not be enough.”

Annan went on to note, “The commission’s ability to perform its tasks has been overtaken by new needs and undermined by the politicization of its sessions and the selectivity of its work.”

At last, an explanation for the UN’s declining credibility! We thought it was in decline because of Kofi Annan’s corruption, the Oil-For-Food Scandal, the UN peacekeepers rape scandal in the Congo, the UN’s scandalous refusal to put an end to the genocide in the Sudan and the UN’s hypocritical treatment of Israel vs. the Arab world.

Evidently, those are only peripheral issues. The real problem is the UN Human Rights Commission!

Sarcasm aside, reforming the UN Human Rights Commission won’t restore UN credibility, but it might save a few million lives.

Annan’s UN reform package calls for the creation of a permanent human rights council, possibly on a par with the UN Security Council.

Currently, the UN Human Rights Commission meets only six weeks out of each year and can only address human rights issues during its annual session.

Among the UN Human Rights Commission currently, are such champions of human rights as China, Russia, the Sudan (honest!), Cuba and Zimbabwe.

Last year, the Human Rights Commission voted 50-1 to “express concern” about the ongoing genocide being committed against southern Sudanese Christians and animists by the ruling Islamic north.

That was it! It merely ‘expressed concern’ about the tens of thousands of human beings either being slaughtered or sold into slavery — which in some cases is a fate even worse that death.

They ‘expressed concern’ — but stopped short of a formal condemnation of Sudan. Not that it makes any difference. A formal condemnation by the UN Human Rights Commission carries no weight and involves no penalties. It is merely a ‘black mark’ on a nation’s record — a meaningless gesture.

An estimated 180,000 people have died and two million others are homeless in the Darfur region, and the Islamic-inspired genocide there has been termed by the UN as the ‘world’s worst humanitarian crisis.’

A ‘crisis’ that continues to claim lives in their thousands while the UN discusses how to prevent future similar situations.

It is far too late, and much too little, but the UN has given the International Criminal Court at The Hague a sealed list of 51 Sudanese suspected of slaughter, rape and pillaging in Darfur, the first step in the process of a war crimes prosecution.