Human Rights Commission’s Nominee Is The ‘best’ — At Being Absent

Cuomo’s odd alliance to stop Democrat When he nominated her to head the state Human Rights Commission last week, Gov. Cuomo called her one of the best and brightest minds in New York but there are others who call former Bronx City Councilwoman Helen Foster anything but. The Post last month named Foster, who succeeded father Wendell Foster on the City Council, the councils worst no-show member for 2012, with an attendance record of just 60.6 percent. She was AWOL from 56 council meetings out of 142 she was slated to attend during Fiscal Year 2013, records show. Whats more, while Cuomos announcement of Foster says she attended the City Universitys law school and worked as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorneys Office, state records show Foster isnt admitted to legal practice in New York. A Cuomo aide conceded that Foster flunked the bar exam several times, which he attributed to dyslexia. Cuomos announcement also said that Foster, while in law school, was part of an international exchange program at the University of Havana in communist Cuba, a country not exactly known for its commitment to human rights. The Cuomo aide wouldnt comment on the program.
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Rights groups urge Commonwealth to take close look at Sri Lanka’s human rights

Photographer take pictures as the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov  (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Cao, who has spent years trying to persuade Beijing to allow ordinary citizens to help draft its UN report in line with international practice, has disappeared since she was arrested at the Beijing airport on Sept. 14. She was on her way to Geneva for a human rights training program ahead of Chinas submission to a review every four years by the UN Human Rights Council, expected to be a difficult exercise for Chinese diplomats. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about China? Take our quiz. Her arrest and disappearance is part of extensive efforts to conceal Chinas very troublesome human rights record, charges Nicholas Bequelin, a China researcher with Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei saidFridayhe was not aware of Caos disappearance, nor of her fate. China is slated to present its human rights record to fellow UN members in Geneva on Oct. 22, in a procedure known as a Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
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Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, CGI brings together heads of state, CEOs, philanthropists and others to help find solutions to the world’s major problems. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images) | Getty Get Politics Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: Civil Rights , Civil Rights , Gay Rights , Washington Convention Center , Human Rights Campaign Dinner , Joe Biden 2016 , Joe Biden Human Rights Campaign , Politics News WASHINGTON Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner next month. Biden will be speaking to an influential group of gay and lesbian activists who were among President Barack Obama’s most loyal supporters during the 2012 campaign. Biden will headline the Oct. 5 event with 3,400 people at the Washington Convention Center. The organization is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group. The vice president has built strong support within the gay community and was credited with pushing Obama to support same-sex marriage during the campaign.
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Joe Biden To Headline Human Rights Campaign Dinner

Chemical weapons officials cite Syrian cooperation Michael Birnbaum The government has been efficient ahead of meetings to prepare for the destruction of its arsenal, they say. Israel says it has arrested an Iranian spy William Booth Two days before Israels address to the U.N., the country announces that it has arrested an Iranian spy. Russias anti-gay law casts a shadow over 2014 Olympics Kathy Lally The Sochi Games are being viewed as a battleground over the treatment of gays and respect for human rights. Western nations and rights groups have been pressing Sri Lanka to account for thousands of civilians who are suspected to have died in the final months of the quarter-century war that ended in 2009 when government forces crushed resistance by Tamil rebels who were fighting for an ethnic homeland. The remarks from the two rights groups came days after U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued a report in Geneva, saying she has seen no new or comprehensive Sri Lankan effort to properly and independently investigate the allegations of war crimes and other abuses during the civil conflict. The U.N.
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