The Huffington Post may not like Syria, but they love the UN, so don't expect them to notice this:
Diplomats and NGOs greeted with
“A new Guinness record at the UN?” said a sarcastic Ron Prosor, Israel’s UN ambassador. “Syria and Iran in the Human Rights Council is like giving organized crime bosses responsibility for the witness protection program.”
“Syria’s candidacy, if maintained, would be a cruel joke, but would almost certainly be met with a resounding defeat,” Human Rights Watch’s Philippe Bolopion told Reuters. “Iran too falls far short of the most basic standards expected of Human Rights Council members and sticks out even in an overall disappointing pool of candidates in the Asia group, with deeply problematic contenders…”
China, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam are also vying for the four seats allotted to Asia. There are 14 seats open in the 47-member body.