On July 4, 1976 the Israeli Defense Forces undertook a hostage-rescue operation. Backed by the Ugandan government under the lead of brutal dictator Idi Amin, Palestinian terrorists teamed up with German terrorists to hijack a plane in exchange for the release of prisoners in Israel, threatening death to 105 hostages. Condemned by the leader of the United Nations–a former Nazi who was later bestowed a Papal knighthood honor from Pope John Paul II–the mission was considered successful and supported by most Western nations.
It is depicted in the mostly-factual film The Last King of Scotland, which itself is haunting. It is a cerebral horror movie. It makes you wish you weren’t watching it and when it’s over, you can’t go back to living until it has worn off.
A year later, Uganda was appointed to the late United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Current membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council includes various countries with distinguished human rights records such as Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and Pakistan.