As reported in the New York Daily News, last month UN Watch exposed the UN Human Rights Council’s publication of a blood libel by the anti-Semitic EAFORD group, accusing Israeli doctors of a racist conspiracy to steal organs of Palestinians.
Though it claims in its official UN filings to be a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting universal human rights, EAFORD appears instead to be a front group for one of the world’s worst human rights violators: the Libyan regime of Moammar Kaddafi. Its raison d’etre is demonizing Israel as a racist state. The GONGO also foments hatred against America and the West, in the past by publishing the works of various fringe figures.
EAFORD was established in Libya in 1976:
“EAFORD” is the abbreviated name of the International Organization for the Elimination of Ali Forms of Racial Discrimination, established by an International Symposium held in Tripoli (Libya) during 24-28, 1976. It was attended by close to 500 participants from eighty countries representing ali continents. Papers, by invitation, were presented. A selection of those papers was published in book form, entitled Zionism and Racism…See http://dergiler.ankara.edu.tr/dergiler/44/684/8706.pdf
The group’s additional ties to the murderous Libyan regime of Col. Moammar Kaddafi abound:
- The late Mansour al-Kikhya, Libya’s former Foreign Minister and ambassador to the UN, was a member of EAFORD’s Executive Council (see preface at http://www.eaford.org/publications/1/9-11.pdf). The EAFORD website still lists him as a member.
- EAFORD’s President is Abdullah Sharfelddin, former President of the state-controlled Libyan Bar (see preface at http://www.eaford.org/publications/1/9-11.pdf). In 2003, he defended the regimes of Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- The executive director of EAFORD is Hanan Sharfelddin, presumably the daughter of Abdullah Sharfelddin. In 2001, she delivered a UN speech for EAFORD objecting to sanctions against the Libyan regime.
- Libya’s former Oil Minister Fuad Kabazi is another member of EAFORD’s Executive Council.
- EAFORD’s Secretary-General, Anis Al Qasem, is also honorary counsel to the Libyan British Business Council.
- Certain EAFORD documents in the past listed the head office as Tripoli, Libya. See p. 24 here. However, current filings with the UN list a Geneva address.
- Another long-time EAFORD Executive Council member is Yvon Charbonneau, who as a Quebec militant in the 1970s was accused of close ties with the Libyan regime. In 1983, while Charbonneau headed a major Quebec union, a demonstration was held in Montreal to protest his Libyan ties. In a Montreal Gazette article, Charbonneau denied that a group he founded, the Mouvement Quebecois pour Combattre le Racisme, had ties to EAFORD.
Libya’s primary front group at the UN, however, remains “North-South 21,” which manages the “Moammar Kaddafi Human Rights Prize,” co-founded by Jean Ziegler, Vice-Chair of the UN Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee. For more on this GONGO, click here.