Oh look—Louise Arbour went to Kazakhstan on her UN Human Rights Bash 2007, and expressed hope the country would bother to enact the more than 40 human rights treaties it brags it has signed. Perhaps they could start with missing journalist Oralgaysha Omarshanova, or the unfairly imprisoned businessman Mike Seidenfeld. But there is a raft of other standards Kazakhstan boldly flouts, from not murdering dissidents to not torturing prisoners to not disappearing the inconveniently loud mouthed. It’s okay, though, because Louise Arbour has expressed hope that somehow, some day, it will all change.
Hey, remember that time “someone” accused me of “ignorant… fact-free writing” when I declared skepticism over Ms. Arbour’s tour of Central Asia, including my firm belief it would be nothing more than photo-ops for the thugs who run these countries? I certainly do. Kazakhstan is by far the least of these; what will her tour look like in, say, Uzbekistan?