Testimony to U.N.: Rights chief Navi Pillay should quit picking on Canada while handing propaganda coup to Pakistan and Zimbabwe

UN RIGHTS CHIEF SLAMS CANADA WHILE HANDING PROPAGANDA COUP TO PAKISTAN AND ZIMBABWE

UN Watch Testimony before the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council, delivered under Agenda Item 2 (High Commissioner’s Report), 18 June 2012. Audio.

Thank you, Madam President.

UN Watch welcomes the human rights documentation in the High Commissioner’s report, which only underscores the need for this council to address the world’s worst violators.

In Syria, President Assad is slaughtering his own people. The UN monitors, sent in to help stop the violence, have suspended their mission because, as they explained it, there was too much violence.

All UN agencies must now send a clear message that the Assad regime has no legitimacy. Yet the very opposite message was sent when UNESCO recently elected Syria to its human rights committee.

In protest, 55 MPs and human rights groups, led by UN Watch, have called for this shameful act to be reversed. We commend the U.S. and Britain for their support, and we call on the High Commissioner to speak out as well.

Zimbabwe is another dire situation, with extrajudicial killings of dissenters, enforced disappearances and torture.  When the High Commissioner visited the country last month, her call for the removal of sanctions became the top headline. With respect, we disagree on the merits, as well as on the timing.

Despite ZANU-PF misinformation, sanctions target specific individuals, not the whole country. That is why so many human rights activists and experts oppose granting Mugabe a propaganda coup.

Similarly, during the High Commissioner’s visit to Pakistan two weeks ago, her statement criticizing U.S. drone attacks against Al Qaeda was the top headline—and not Pakistan’s extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and violent attacks against Christians, Shia, Ahmadis, and other Muslim and non-Muslim minorities.

Finally, we were surprised by the reference in the High Commissioner’s report to a Canadian law on demonstrations. In the global context of massive, systematic and urgent human rights abuses, this is a marginal case—one that’s already being reviewed by a Quebec court—and in no way merits UN intervention at this time.

Thank you, Madam President.

3 Responses to “Testimony to U.N.: Rights chief Navi Pillay should quit picking on Canada while handing propaganda coup to Pakistan and Zimbabwe”


  • Our low expectations of the UN never fail to be met.
    While there are wrongdoings on both sides, the unmoving bias of the UN against the west is overwhelming and will never change.
    It is an immutable fact of life and those standing against it are brave
    purveyors of unwanted truisms falling on deaf ears on the one side
    and the converted on the other.
    Special kudos to Hillel Neuer and Mr.Prosor.

  • Those who pay for the UN need to take a stand against this “Orwellian 1984″ organisation and stop financing it. Then, those who want to use a Human Rights organisation will have to pay for the privilege of disseminating their lies and distortions and concealment of the real abuses.

  • The US Canada,Britain Australia New Zealand,Israel and every other UN member that is not a dictatorship should get out of the UN . The UN is a useless organization that elects repressive regimes to human right councils?

    Give us a break!

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