Video: UNW’s Hillel Neuer urges U.N. rights chief to renounce Qaddafi ties


The head of the London School of Economics has resigned over his ties to the Qaddafi regime. Rock stars Beyonce, Nelly Furtado and Mariah Carey have expressed remorse for their paid peformances at Qaddafi family parties. Former Egyptian minister of culture Gaber Asfour renounced his 2010 “Gaddafi International Award for Literature.” Only at the UN, however, is no one yet willing to take any responsibility for their institutional embrace of the Qaddafi regime. In the plenary of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer urged U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay to begin the soul-searching; she refused to respond. See video above and text below.

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UN Watch Statement
Interactive Dialogue with UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights Navi Pillay
UN Human Rights Council Plenary
Delivered by Executive Director Hillel Neuer, March 3, 2011

Madame High Commissioner,

We thank you for your report, and applaud its emphasis on the core principle of accountability. We commend your recent leadership on human rights in Libya. As you stated, “the people of Libya had long been victims of the serious excesses of the Libyan leadership.”

In this regard, given that accountability begins at home, we wish to ask whether your office has begun to reflect upon how, in recent years, the United Nations and its human rights system could have shown greater solidarity with Libya’s victims. We offer five specific questions:

1. Given that your responsibility is to mainstream human rights throughout the U.N. system, we ask: When the Qaddafi regime was chosen to serve on the Security Council for 2008 and 2009; when its representative was chosen as President of the General Assembly in 2009; when Col. Qaddafi’s daughter Ayesha was designated in 2009 a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador — why did you not speak out?

2. According to a study of all your published statements from September 2008 through June 2010, you never once mentioned human rights in Libya. Why?

3. Your report refers to your office’s strong support for the Durban process, for which you served as Secretary-General of its 2009 World Conference on Racism. When a representative of the Libyan regime was chosen to chair that conference’s two-year planning committee, and to chair the main committee, why did you not speak out?

4. When the Qaddafi regime was elected as a member of this council last year, why did you not speak out?

5. Your report refers to the council’s Advisory Committee. In 2008, ignoring the appeal of UN Watch and 25 human rights groups, the council elected Jean Ziegler, the co-founder of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize—a propaganda tool for the regime—to this body. Last year he was made the committee’s vice-president. Why did you not speak out?

And will you now call on the recipients of this prize—former Cuban President Fidel Castro in 1998, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2004, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in 2009, and Turkish PM Erdogan in 2010—to renounce this prize, and to apologize to all the human rights victims—past and present—of Col. Muammar Qaddafi?

Thank you, Madame High Commissioner.

[Note: In High Commissioner Navi Pillay's response to the plenary, she addressed other groups' questions but refused to address those above.]

18 Responses to “Video: UNW’s Hillel Neuer urges U.N. rights chief to renounce Qaddafi ties”


  • Your speaker expresses the utter failures of the UNHRC exactly the right questions. Sadly, with the inbuilt bias in favour of dictatorships, there will be no response and certainly no apology. One can only admire Mr Neuer and his staff for their persistence, against all the odds stacked against them.

  • This is totally amazing, and let a Jew lift a finger to protect themself and this “high commissioner” will be the first in line to condom the Jews and Israel.

  • Well done. Keep up the good work.

  • What a total and utter farce the UN.

  • What a total and utter farce the UN has now become.Surely if there is any dignity or self respect left in this international body, Mr Ban Ki Moon has to speak out otherwise the UN will just become totally meaningless

  • Please forward the response of Madam Navi Pillay as soon as possible, it is not acceptable to pass this question.
    Ute van Holt

  • WONDERFULL WORK,mr. HILLEL NEUR! KOL HAKAVOD!

  • Hillel Neuer,

    Well spoken, Why you did not speak out…. and no one did speak out.

  • Hear! Hear!
    The UN needs urgent,decisive and deep reforms and UN Watch is makig this clear to the world at large.
    BRAVO!!

  • Hlllel you are an admirable ethical sedulous man trying to reason with a bunch of brainwashed gerbils cleverly posing as UN representatives.

    How you maintain your composure and sanity amid this vile group of
    anti semitic jew hating durban 1 and 2 and soon to be 3 morons is beyond me.

    Why this utterly ridiculous farcical body is allowed to continue and
    inexplicably be treated with the utmost respect by world leaders is also beyond me.

    Maybe there are just no leaders with the cojones to call it what it
    is….

  • By now, 5,000 Libyans civilians have been slaughtered by Qaddafi. Neither the African Union (comprised of 53 African countries and headed by Qaddafi in 2009!!!!), nor Russia (Libya’s main arms supplier), nor the still standing Moslem dictatorships have expressed their indignation about this horrible drama. Worse: the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez wants to save his buddy while the UN claims it cannot reach a consensus to do anything about this carnage. What a shameful group of leaders and nations!!!!

  • Please keep on, your voice should be heard louder

  • Of course mrs.Navi Pillay is far from being silent when it is about
    Israel .There are other ” democratic” countris which are members
    of the UN human rights commission but Mrs. Pillay doesn’t care .
    With about 60 Arab-Muslim countries and their allies one should
    no wonder that Israel is the country in the world against which the
    most resolutions are launched and it would be always condemned without the US veto.

  • We must assume that people intend their actions and the consequences of their actions. The UN in general and its “Human Rights” Council in particular, have shown by their acts and omissions over many years that their true agenda to to support those who repress human rights and oppose, actively and passively, those who speak and act for human rights. The UN has been a cover-up organization since its inception. If the United States, which provides in large part the funding for this evil organization, would withdraw its support, that would be the end of it, and the world would be better off.

  • And what about the story of the Bulgarian nurses? How could they have been ignored whilst Libya remained a member of the Human Rights Council?

    Evidently, one is Right if either one has Might or Oil.

    Very depressing…

  • madame Navi Pillay
    High Commissionner of Human rights

    I believe you should resign over your past actions by just the fact of making possible for dictatorships like Syria, Lybia, Iran to sit, to act, to vote on human rights issues. Iran becomes the ‘defender’ in the world of women rights!!! Would you trust enough Ahmanidjad to protect women rights when his regime has been killing a few of them just for criticizing his policies? I thinh your committee is a circus and if so, must be run by clowns.

    Emile Séguin

  • Yet another brilliant and historic speech by Hillel Neuer. The truth and nothing but the truth. I commend the courage of UN Watch in the face of the rest of the world.

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