Born in Sin: The Hidden Origin of the U.N. Human Rights Council

With the New York Times and other high-minded critics slamming Israel for allegedly violating the principles of the UN Human Rights Council, it is worth recalling how, in June 2007,  the council itself acted with flagrant illegality and dishonesty — flouting its its own basic procedures, and then rewriting history to cover it up — in order to falsely claim the “consensus” adoption of its permanent agenda, which unfairly singles out Israel for selective treatment.

To block Canada from calling a vote and registering its objection to this gross form of anti-Israel bias, the council falsely claimed the decision was already taken.

UN Watch documented all of the illegality, dishonesty and ensuing cover-up. Canada, the US, and Poland filed official complaints to the UN that further detailed these gross irregularities.  See key links below.

Key Documents

How the Human Rights Council Was Born – Comprehensive UN Watch timeline of the HRC’s deceptive actions

Cable from US Secretary of State to US Diplomats (Source: Wikileaks) – Description of events in cable of July 2, 2007

  • “Posts are requested to approach host governments at the highest appropriate level to convey deep USG unhappiness with the results of the Human Rights Council institution building process.”
  • “Particular disgust at procedural irregularities that denied a fellow western group member the chance to call for a vote on a principled human rights concern. EU complicity in this move is deeply disturbing.”

Canadian complaint of gross irregularities in founding of UNHRC – Mission of Canada to the UN, 13 July 2007

USA complaint of gross irregularities in founding of UNHRC – Mission of USA to the UN, 13 July 2007

Poland rejects UNHRC cover-up of irregularities in its founding – Mission of Poland to the UN, 13 July 2007

News Articles and Blog Posts

Consensus Declared—Whether Canada Consented Or Not – UN Watch, June 20, 2007

Canada the Brave – Jerusalem Post editorial, June 21, 2007

Geneva’s Midnight Secret: Reform’s Missed Deadline, UN Watch, June 22, 2007

Canada dissents in UN attack on Israel – Canadian Jewish News, June 27, 2007

UN Tampers With Official Records to Cover Up Missed Deadline – UN Watch, August 7, 2007

Video

UNHRC rejects Canadian delegate’s attempt to oppose creation of anti-Israel agenda – UNHRC, June 19, 2007

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