UN: Sudan to Chair ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs

When Sudan was elected at the end of January as Vice-President of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UN Watch, together with film star Mia Farrow rightly objected.

ECOSOC is a top U.N. body that regulated human rights groups, shapes the composition of key U.N. women’s rights bodies, and adopts resolutions on subjects ranging from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation. Genocidal Sudan, therefore, seemed a highly inappropriate choice.

Yet UN Watch’s calls to condemn this appointment fell on deaf ears, with neither UN chief Ban Ki-moon nor human rights commissioner Navi Pillay making a statement against this absurdity.

Last week, however, Sudan’s appointment became even more outrageous when ECOSOC President Néstor Osorio of Columbia informed delegations that Sudan would be chairing the humanitarian affairs segment of the Council’s work.

Thankfully, in a later meeting of ECOSOC that week, some delegations, including Canada, the United States and the European Union, called into question the Sudanese Government’s commitment to human rights, questioning their suitability for the position.  In particular they pointed at the “devastating” humanitarian situation in Darfur, as well as in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

Sudan rejected these allegations, calling them “wholly unfounded.”  China, Venezuela and Cuba spoke in support of Sudan’s  appointment.

Due to the disagreement, the President decided to postpone a final decision. Meanwhile, the US has continued its campaign against the appointment.

(March 7 update: the post was taken from Sudan and given instead to Pakistan.)

3 Responses to “UN: Sudan to Chair ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs”


  • Thank you for your work in highlighting time and again how utterly debased as a human rights institution the United Nations has become, with all of its pitiful arms purporting to express the intentions of the best that humanity can muster in support of world peace and harmony between peoples.

  • In addition to the genocide being committed in Sudan, UN Watch should also speak-out against the genocide being committed against the Hazzara Shiites in Pakistan.

  • Time for the US to disinvite the UN from our shores. This hypocritical debating club which consists primarily of totalitarian states has overstayed its welcome. Some other country like Cuba or Venezuela might enjoy hosting this “august” body, but enough is enough. In addition, we should cease funding to this organization since it has gone the way of the League of Nations (i.e. dodo) and is worthless.

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