B'nai B'rith International deplored a decision of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to allow the Arab bloc candidate, Syria, to serve on the body's Committee on Conventions and Recommendations, which "examines communications relating to cases and questions concerning the exercise of human rights."
"This election, by consensus, should never have happened while Syria further intensifies its violation of human rights," the Jewish human rights organization said.
"In yet another sign of moral obtuseness and incoherence in policy at the UN., the business-as-usual approach to Syria at UNESCO soon preceded a General Assembly committee's condemnation of the Damascus regime's continuing domestic brutality."
The Arab League has decided to suspend and sanction Syria.
B'nai B'rith called on UNESCO's Executive Board to immediately revoke Syrian membership in all committees at the UN agency.