May 07, 2014
UN: Slavery Not Always A Crime Against Humanity
The UN sent a sternly worded warning to Boko Haram about kidnapping young girls and selling them as sex slaves (emphasis mine):
"We warn the perpetrators that there is an absolute prohibition against slavery and sexual slavery in international law. These can under certain circumstances constitute crimes against humanity," U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.
Just under "certain circumstances"? So, by default, the UN is conceding that under some circumstances slavery is not a crime against humanity.
If I were an Islamophobe, I'd suggest those circumstances involve Islam. The possibility of Muslims being offended is a greater concern than protecting the lives of 276 schoolgirls.
The UN also warned Nigerian officials not to upset any Boko Haram militants during rescue attempts:
Any rescue attempt must be made in line with international human rights standards, Colville said, noting previous "allegations of excessive use of force by the Nigerian military in anti-Boko Haram operations".
Yeah, we wouldn't want any child-rapists harmed now, would we?
(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)