One would think that Harvard Law School-educated Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, a South African jurist and current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights would have better things to do than get involved in the affairs of a democracy like the United States. Yet Pillay, who has served as a judge on the International Criminal Court and as the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has made the same mistake many others have made: she has weighed in on the tragedy surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The public, including Ms. Pillay, does not have the facts on the Martin case. Sadly, that has not stopped many pundits and activists from commenting, likely to the detriment of the investigation.

But Pillay should know better. On a recent three-day swing through Barbados—not exactly known as a hotbed of human rights violations—Pillay took time to condemn the shooting of Martin and demand action:

“As High Commissioner for Human Rights, I call for an immediate investigation.”

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