U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding reports that Robert Mugabe, the dictator of Zimbabwe, has been granted a tourism envoy role by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"The UN has hit a new low with the naming of Mugabe as a UN tourism envoy, as if North Korea chairing the Conference on Disarmament and Cuba serving as vice president of the Human Rights Council had not been enough.
"The UN's legitimization of brutal dictators is a disgrace. Mugabe's terrible human rights record and intentionally-ruinous economic policies have made him the subject of U.S. and EU sanctions--including a travel ban. This UN honor for Mugabe comes just days after the newly reappointed, anti-Israel, anti-Western UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for the lifting of international sanctions on Zimbabwe.
"The continued rewards the UN bestows upon the world's dictators has reached the point of absurd. An organization devoted to world peace and stability is propping up and aiding the very regimes that oppose such ideals. Enough is enough. We need real UN reform with real consequences for these outrages."