Ros-Lehtinen: UNESCO Fails to Kick Syria Off Human Rights Panel and Backs Anti-Israel Measures; Ros-Lehtinen Reaffirms Opposition to Funding

WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commented today after UNESCO’s Executive Board voted to adopt a resolution on Syria that, contrary to initial U.S. efforts, failed to expel Syria from the UNESCO committee dealing with human rights. Earlier this week, the Executive Board reportedly adopted multiple anti-Israel resolutions.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“This week, UNESCO is sending a clear signal about where its priorities lie. Despite the Assad regime’s murder of thousands of innocent Syrians seeking freedom and human rights, UNESCO’s executive board lacks the will even to kick Syria off of its human rights committee, much less to remove Syria from the board entirely. However, UNESCO’s board did have the will to reportedly adopt one anti-Israel resolution after another.

“It is deeply disappointing that the Obama Administration supports the toothless Syria resolution that the board adopted, instead of standing firm and demanding Syria’s expulsion. It is even worse that the Administration continues to push to gut U.S. law and resume U.S. funding to UNESCO, despite UNESCO’s reckless, anti-peace, anti-Israel decision to admit a non-existent state of ‘Palestine.’

“Given this week’s events, it is crystal clear that UNESCO is increasingly back-sliding to its bad-old-days of politicization and anti-Israel bias. U.S. taxpayer dollars must not continue to subsidize irresponsible UN bodies. UNESCO is the problem, not U.S. law, and until UNESCO rights itself and un-admits ‘Palestine,’ the U.S. funding cutoff must continue.”

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