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The top 10 UN-believable moments of 2010

No. 2 and No. 1 are related, both occurring in Geneva on Human Rights Day, which also happened to be the day the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony was happening in Norway.

Nobel officials remarked upon the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo’s absence from the Nobel ceremony, as he is locked away by the Chinese government. His wife and family are also not allowed to leave China, so no one was there to accept the prize. But guess who else wasn’t there? The UN chief of human rights, Navi Pillay, who said she had an event to preside over in Geneva.

While she attended a rather modest-looking event in Geneva, the Geneva offices of the UN hosted a large photo exhibit extolling China’s open society and its kindness to minorities.

So, the chief of human rights for the entire UN skipped the Nobel ceremony for a ceremony in Geneva, where the UN was simultaneously honoring the human rights record of China. Meanwhile, the Chinese government made the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize impossible for the first time since 1936 by locking its dissidents away.

And, that my friends, is the UN. Bed bugs are the least of their worries.