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Double standard: UN on Iraq-ISIS vs. UN on Israel-Hamas

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Whatever their differences, the Sunni Islamist terrorists in Iraq and Gaza share a great deal in common: they believe in and perpetrate the killing of civilians in the name of Jihad, they despise the West and its culture of freedom and democracy, and they seek to dominate their subject populations by theocratic, fascist, misogynistic, and homophobic regimes. ISIS has been far more successful than Hamas, but not for the latter’s lack of effort.

At the UN Human Rights Council, however, they are treated very differently. The Islamic terrorists fighting Israel get preferred treatment.

Consider today’s resolution on Iraq in comparison with the council’s recently-adopted resolution on Gaza.

Treatment of Islamic terrorists:

  • Today’s UNHRC resolution on Iraq condemned ISIS 10 times.
  • The July UNHRC resolution on Gaza mentioned Hamas 0 times.

Treatment of governments responding to Islamic terrorists:

  • Today’s UNHRC resolution on Iraq condemned the Baghdad government 0 times — even though Baghdad’s troops dropped barrel bombs on civilians, carried out summary executions of Sunnis, and perpetrated indiscriminate airstrikes on populated areas and other war crimes.
  • The UNHRC’s July resolution on Gaza condemned the Israeli government 18 times, even though Jerusalem took unprecedented measures to avoid harming civilians, including warnings with phone calls, text messages, leaflets, and roof knocking; and also aborting aerial strikes seconds before they were to be carried out, due to civilians being present at the site of the target.

Not only did today’s resolution fail to criticize Iraq’s Shiite government in any way, but the UNHRC actually praised the Sunni-killing Baghdad regime’s purported “efforts to foster religious freedom and pluralism.”

Just like , in 2009, the 47-nation council praised Sri Lanka — after it murdered 40,000 Tamils — for “promoting and protecting human rights.”

Rights group criticizes UN resolution for giving free pass to Baghdad abuses, sending low-level mission on ISIS

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GENEVA, September 1, 2014 – A 21-year-old Iraqi Christian woman made an impassioned appeal today before a UN meeting on ISIS atrocities, speaking on behalf of the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, which spearheaded this month’s campaign by rights activists, MPs and Iraqi minority leaders calling for the emergency session, with a rally, press conference and diplomatic marathon featuring Iraqi Christian and Yazidi leaders. (See Maryam Wahida’s testimony below.)

“Today’s urgent session on the Islamic State’s butchering of Iraq’s Christians, Yazidis and other minorities is long overdue, but it’s better late than never,” said UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer. Continue reading ‘Rights group criticizes UN resolution for giving free pass to Baghdad abuses, sending low-level mission on ISIS’

Geneva Press Statement from Yazidi Leadership

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Left to right: Iraqi Christians Ramzi Wahida and Maryam Wahida, UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, Yazidi spokesman Breen Tahseen

Statement by Breen Tahseen, on behalf of  Prince Tahseen, Leader of the Yazidi People

GENEVA, Aug. 20 - Today I conducted valuable meetings in Geneva, , on behalf of the Yazidi people,  with UN representatives of the United States and the European Union, and with the UN human rights office.

We are grateful for the extensive, in-depth and productive discussions concerning the desperate plight of the Yazidi people.

We reached important consensus about the need for the international community to act. We appreciate their efforts and trust that concrete and effective action will follow.

On behalf of Prince Tahseen and the Yazidi people, we appeal to High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to lead the call for the UN Human Rights Council to hold an emergency session to focus world attention on the desperate plight of the Yazidi people. The outcome of the session should be focused on the following key objectives:

  • Release of the approximately 5,000 Yazidi people kidnapped by ISIS.
  • Resettlement of Yazidi refugees in Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Australia, with priority to the victims of genocide and their families.
  • Creation of a safe zone in Iraq for displaced persons, supervised by the UN and administered by Christians and Yazidis.
  • Compensation to victims for material and moral damages, and an allocation to them under the Iraqi budget.

We request that negotiations by the international community with Iraq should also include consultation with the Yazidi people.

Finally, we wish to express our gratitude to the human rights group UN Watch for successfully organizing my visit to Geneva, along with an inspiring solidarity rally, UN press conference and diplomatic meetings.

Rally Against Genocide in Iraq, Aug. 19, 2014

Speakers:

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director, UN Watch
Pierre Weiss, Member of Geneva Parliament
Breen Tahseen, son of head of Yazidi community
Ramzi Wahida, member of the Christian Iraqi community
Maryam Wahida,  member of the Christian Iraqi community

 

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  • Audio from the press conference

 

Yazidi and Christian Leaders to Unite in Geneva, Demand UNHRC Action

 

GENEVA, August 18, 2014 –  Breen Tahseen (photo above), an Iraqi diplomat whose father, Prince Tahseen Saeed Bek, is the leader of the Yazidi people, will join together with leaders from the Iraqi Christian community at a rally tomorrow in Geneva calling for the UN Human Rights Council to meet urgently on the destruction of minorities in Iraq.

Organized by the Geneva-based non-governmental human rights group UN Watch, the rally will call on UN rights chief Navi Pillay to take action to convene an urgent session of the 47-nation council on the ISIS atrocities in Iraq against minorities, echoing a recent appeal by more than 20 MPs and human rights activists.

UN Watch has also arranged for the Yazidi and Christian leaders to meet with key diplomatic figures in the UNHRC system.

Diplomats in Geneva have quietly discussed a special session, with the Vatican also pressing for action, but some prefer waiting several weeks until the regular session opens in the second week of September.

What: Demonstration in support of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 1:00 pm
Where: Place des Nations, in front of the UN European headquarters in Geneva

“End the siege in Gaza!” – But there is no siege

With so many worldwide seeking to justify Hamas aggression, the following Israeli response to the myth of the “siege” in Gaza is a must-read.  

The Myth of an Israeli Siege on Gaza

There is no Israeli “siege” on the Gaza Strip. First of all, Gaza shares borders not only with Israel, but with Egypt as well. There is a 13 kilometer (8 mile) frontier between Gaza and Egypt. That country, and not Israel, controls the Rafah crossing into Gaza which has been used primarily by people travelling to and from Egypt, and from there to the rest of the world.

Most importantly, for the past four years all goods are allowed to enter Gaza from Israel, except for weapons and a short list of dual-use items which can be exploited by terrorists. The ban on weapons and the restrictions on dual-use items stem from the fact that since 2007, Gaza has been ruled by a terrorist organization, namely Hamas, whose declared aim is the destruction of Israel. They are in place solely to protect Israel’s citizens from Hamas’ ongoing terrorist attacks. Continue reading ‘“End the siege in Gaza!” – But there is no siege’

Transcript of Neuer-Buttu Al Jazeera Debate

AL JAZEERA HOST (Adrian Finighan): Some findings in his report, Richard Goldstone said that new information showed that Israel did not deliberately target civilians. Let’s bring in our guests today: from Ramallah we’re joined by Diana Buttu, former Palestinian peace negotiator and human rights lawyer. In Geneva we have Hillel Neuer, Executive Director at UN Watch and an international lawyer. And also from Ramallah we’re joined by Bill van Esveld, the Israel and Palestine researcher at Human Rights Watch. Bill, we’ll start with you first. As far as Human Rights Watch is concerned, could war crimes have been committed by either side in this current conflict? Continue reading ‘Transcript of Neuer-Buttu Al Jazeera Debate’

UN’s Schabas digs deeper hole, won’t say if he’ll investigate Hamas or if it’s a terror group

This may go down as one of the all-time worst TV interviews by a UN figure. Asked by Israeli TV’s Channel 2 why he called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his “favorite” to indict in the International Criminal Court — instead of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad or Hamas leader Khaled Mashal — Schabas explained that he merely “echoed” the Goldstone Report. Except that Netanyahu wasn’t in power then — and, in fact, isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Goldstone Report. Schabas fumbled for a defense, and miserably failed.

There are other doozies: Continue reading ‘UN’s Schabas digs deeper hole, won’t say if he’ll investigate Hamas or if it’s a terror group’

NGO: William Schabas must recuse himself from UN Gaza inquiry

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Aug. 12 Update: Clooney fiancee pulls out
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justifying his call to indict Netanyahu

GENEVA, Aug. 11 — A Geneva-based human rights group called on William Schabas to recuse himself from the UN’s new Gaza inquiry, saying that he is legally disqualified by prior statements expressing his wish to see Prime Minister Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres indicted before the International Criminal Court.

“Under international law, William Schabas is obliged to recuse himself because his repeated calls to indict Israeli leaders obviously gives rise to actual bias or the appearance thereof,” said Hillel Neuer, an international lawyer and executive director of UN Watch, accredited to the United Nations as a non-governmental organization mandated to monitor the world’s body’s adherence to the UN Charter.

“You can’t spend several years calling for the prosecution of someone, and then suddenly act as his judge,” said Neuer. “It’s absurd — and a violation of the minimal rules of due process applicable to UN fact-finding missions.”

Egg on its face: Clooney fiancee contradicts UN story, denies being on probe

Contradicting the announcement of UN rights chief Navi Pillay’s office, Hollywood star George Clooney’s fiancee Amal Alamuddin denied ever accepting to be on the inquiry. UN Watch urged Pillay to explain the unprecedented situation, an embarrassment that has never happened before on any UNHRC inquiry. Continue reading ‘NGO: William Schabas must recuse himself from UN Gaza inquiry’

Urgent Appeal to UN: Stop Genocide in Iraq

MPs and Human Rights Activists Urge UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to Call Emergency Session for Iraqi Minorities Threatened by ISIS Slaughter

Excellency,

Faced with shocking reports of mass slaughter threatened by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS) against numerous minority groups, possibly amounting to genocide, we, an international coalition of parliamentarians, dissidents, and human rights activists, urge you—in the name of humanity—to call for and take immediate action to convene an emergency special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, to protect the right to life of these vulnerable populations who are now in very grave danger. Continue reading ‘Urgent Appeal to UN: Stop Genocide in Iraq’

U.N. Hypocrisy Exposed: Turning the Tables on Dictatorships

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Now more than ever, we need to stand with democratic Israel.

The U.N. just launched a one-sided Commission of Inquiry against the Jewish state—another Goldstone Report—that encourages Hamas to continue killing Israelis with deadly rockets and terror tunnels.

But UN Watch is fighting back. During the latest U.N. emergency session, Iran, Syria, and the Palestinians desperately tried to shut us down.

Instead, UN Watch turned the tables on the dictatorships and exposed their hypocrisy in a dramatic confrontation heard around the world.

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Reactions to Al Jazeera debate: Hillel Neuer vs. PLO adviser Diana Buttu

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Hillel Neuer destroys Al Jazeera panel on “Israeli war crimes”

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UN refuses to apologize for advocating cement used for terror tunnels

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Secretary-General’s remarks to International Conference on the Palestinian Economy and Gaza Reconstruction, 02.03.2009
“Construction materials and spare parts are needed to repair damaged water and sanitation systems. There is no concrete or steel to build homes or shelters…”
http://www.un.org/sg/statements/?nid=3728

Secretary-General’s remarks to the Ministerial Meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, 11.05.2009
“I call on Israel to respond positively to repeated calls to allow glass, cement and building materials into Gaza. ”
http://www.un.org/sg/statements/?nid=3838 Continue reading ‘UN refuses to apologize for advocating cement used for terror tunnels’

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC urgent session on Gaza

Testimony delivered today, 23 July 2014, by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, at the UN Human Rights Council Emergency Session on Gaza 

Mr. President, I have just returned here from visiting Israel to tell this assembly, and the world, about the grave situation that I witnessed and experienced.

An entire nation—towns, villages and cities, from the Negev Desert up to the Galilee, from the Judean hills of Jerusalem to the Tel Aviv seashore—has been under brutal and relentless attack, from more than two thousand mortars, rockets and long-range missiles, fired from Gaza toward civilians in every part of the Holy Land.

Continue reading ‘UN Watch testimony at UNHRC urgent session on Gaza’

Today: 7th UNHRC special session against Israel (N. Korea only had 1…)

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GENEVA, July 23, 2014 - From its inception in 2006 until and including today’s urgent meeting to condemn Israel, the UN Human Rights Council has held 21 special sessions. Of the 17 sessions that criticize countries, more than 30 percent have been on Israel. They are examined below.

In addition, in the middle of regular sessions, the HRC has three times convened an “Urgent Debate”: the first one against Israel over the flotilla incident of June 2010, for which the council created the entire urgent debate mechanism itself, and in which a fact-finding mission was created that produced a one-sided report whose conclusions were later refuted by the UN Secretary-General’s own Palmer Commission;  and two on Syria, in February 2012 and May 2013. No other country has been subjected to an urgent debate. Continue reading ‘Today: 7th UNHRC special session against Israel (N. Korea only had 1…)’

Canadian FM “appalled” by UNRWA schools’ rocket stockpile

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Photo: Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird receiving
UN Watch human rights award, September 2013

BAIRD APPALLED BY REPORTS OF UN AGENCY
HANDING OVER WEAPONS TO HAMAS

July 22, 2014

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement;

“I was appalled to hear reports, one as recent as today, of stockpiles of rockets in a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza.”

“Even more alarming were reports that in the first case, officials with the United Nations returned these weapons to Hamas, a listed terrorist organization, once Israeli officials discovered their location.

“Canada unequivocally calls on the United Nations to launch an immediate independent investigation to determine the facts surrounding these reports.  Canada also calls on the United Nations to ensure that in the second case, no rockets are returned to Hamas.  Anything less than an independent investigation would be absolutely unacceptable.

“If proven true, this would fly in the face of all that the United Nations should stand for as an institution committed to the peace and security of its members.”

Article 1 of the Charter of the United Nations states that the UN’s purpose is to:

“…maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace.”

Hamas’ Human Shield Tactic as Reported by Foreign Journalists

Hamas’ Human Shield Tactic as Reported by Foreign Journalists

1. The Gaza correspondent of Canada’s Globe and Mail, Patrick Martin, wrote in his article from 20 July: “The presence of militant fighters in Shejaia became clear Sunday afternoon when, under the cover of a humanitarian truce intended to allow both sides to remove the dead and wounded, several armed Palestinians scurried from the scene.Some bore their weapons openly, slung over their shoulder, but at least two, disguised as women, were seen walking off with weapons partly concealed under their robes. Another had his weapon wrapped in a baby blanket and held on his chest as if it were an infant.”

2. Canadian TV correspondent Janis Mackey Frayer tweeted the following on 20 July:

Continue reading ‘Hamas’ Human Shield Tactic as Reported by Foreign Journalists’

UN holds Cuban-sponsored meeting on Private Security Companies

From July 21-25, the UN in Geneva is holding a meeting of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs) This goal of this session, called for by a resolution tabled by Cuba and the African Group, is “to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework” for the oversight of private military and security companies. In addition, the agenda also includes another Cuban anti-Western favorite, “the use of mercenaries as a mean of violating human rights.”

During the discussion, the U.S., UK, and EU expressed their opposition to the idea, stating their concern with the lack of effectiveness and appropriateness of an intergovernmental regulatory system for this issue. They were also disappointed with the absence of representation from the business sector at these discussions. The US, though focusing mainly on PSCs rather than on both PSCs and PMCs, gave several other suggestions that they deemed more practical, such as methods for closer scrutiny, oversight, and approval of such companies on a national level and the promotion of appropriate prosecution for those who breach existing laws.

Several others including the African group, South Africa, Pakistan, Cuba, and Senegal argued the opposing view, stating the importance of international governance on this issue. Their reasoning followed that the transnational nature of PMSCs makes that self-regulation and domestic laws alone inefficient as monitors. Additionally, the state of impunity and lack of accountability in which the contractors of PMSCs live make the perpetration of human rights violations all the more possible, speaking again to the need for an internally binding instrument on this issue.

Test yourself: Are you pro human rights, or just anti-Israel?

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“If in the past year you didn’t CRY OUT when thousands of protesters were killed and injured by Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when more victims than ever were hanged by Iran, women and children in Afghanistan were bombed, whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, 1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in Syria, hundreds in Pakistan were killed by jihadist terror attacks, 10,000 Iraqis were killed by terrorists, villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria, but you ONLY cry out for GAZA, then you are not pro HUMAN RIGHTS, you are only ANTI-ISRAEL.”

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UNRWA tells reporters to interview Norwegian supporter of 9/11 terror attacks

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GENEVA, July 14 - UN Watch today called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reprimand a top official in Gaza who is telling reporters to interview a Norwegian doctor and radical Maoist politician who in September 2001 openly supported the “moral right” of Al Qaeda to perpetrate the 9/11 terrorist attacks against thousands of American civilians.

Earlier today, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness reached out to journalists with the following Twitter post: Great interviewee @ Shifa Hosp Gaza right now Prof Mads Gilbert +4790878740 call him 4 fatality & cas figs and atoms RT”

“It’s an outrage that a supposed UN relief organization — which receives tens of millions of dollars from U.S. and European taxpayers — is promoting a radical politician who has openly supported the murder of American civilians,” said Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch.

“We urge UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reprimand Mr. Gunness, and to put a stop to the cynical misuse of UN relief funds to promote the Hamas terrorist agenda.”

Dr. Mads Gilbert is well known in Norway as a far-left political activist who, according to Norwegian news reports, openly supports “bloody” revolutions. He joined the Workers’ Communist Party (AKP), now known as the Red party, in the 1970s, and in 2009 ran as the 14th-ranked candidate on the Red party list for elections in Troms. The party calls for revolution to “disarm the bourgeoisie.”

gilbert-dagbladetGilbert provoked a front-page scandal in Norway (see image, right: Norwegian doctors ADVOCATE TERROR attack”) when he expressed support for the 9/11 attacks in an interview with Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper, on 30 September 2001.

First the newspaper quotes his support for a colleague’s pro-terrorism position:

I advocate the moral right of the people you call terrorists to attack the United States, as a legitimate response to 25 years of wars of aggression, mines, starvation and embargo, says surgeon Hans Husum, University Hospital of Tromsø. He is supported by physician Mads Gilbert.

Then Gilbert makes his own views crystal clear:

Dagbladet: Do you support a terrorist attack on the United States?
Gilbert: “Terror is a poor weapon, but the answer is yes, within the context I have mentioned.”

Dagbladet
: You understand that this will create reactions?
Gilbert: “Yes, that’s to be expected. The white world does not understand that it is possible to see such an act in a different perspective.”

 

Palestinian UN rep: “Each and every missile launched against Israel constitutes a crime against humanity”

In an astonishing moment of candor, the Palestinian representative to the UN Human Rights Council — in explaining the high risk of Palestinians being indicted if the International Criminal Court acquires jurisdiction – has admitted that “each and every” Palestinian missile now being launched against Israeli civilian centers constitutes “a crime against humanity”; that, by contrast, Israel’s own response actions in Gaza “followed the legal procedures” because, as Hamas spokespersons admitted on TV, “the Israelis warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment; but, however, “as for the missiles launched from our side, we never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall or about the operations we carry out.”

The extraordinary admissions by Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi came in a July 9th interview on Palestinnian TV. Below is video and transcript by MEMRI.

Interviewer: The popular demand is to appeal to the International Criminal Court and to sign the Rome Statute. The demand is to do this immediately. To what extent is this realistic? You are our representative in all the international organizations. What can we gain from such a step, and could we ourselves be indicted?

Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi: I am not a candidate in any Palestinian elections, so I don’t need to win popularity among the Palestinians. The missiles that are now being launched against Israel,  each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets. What Israel does against Palestinian civilians also constitutes crimes against humanity. OK?

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Canada Rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Criticism of Israel’s Response to Rocket Attacks from Gaza

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Photo: Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird receiving UN Watch award in September 2013

 

Canada Rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Criticism of Israel’s Response to Rocket Attacks from Gaza 

July 12, 2014 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s uncalled-for criticism of Israel’s response to rocket attacks from Gaza. Focusing her comments on Israel is neither helpful nor reflective of the reality of this crisis.

“There must be no moral equivalence between Hamas, a listed terrorist organization, and its blatant disregard for human life, and the liberal democratic State of Israel’s duty and obligation to defend its people from cowardly and indiscriminate attacks. Continue reading ‘Canada Rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Criticism of Israel’s Response to Rocket Attacks from Gaza’

The Proliferation of “Human Rights”- A Dictator’s Best Friend

This month at the UN saw the discussion of three seemingly “human rights” declarations – one on the Right to Peace, one on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, and one on the Right of Peoples and Individuals to International Solidarity. But why are they unable to garner consensus? And why do so many democracies criticize them either for their lack of clarity, or their outright uselessness?

In a UN meeting on the Right to Peace, several democracies expressed concerns that trying to define such a right would possibly be dangerous to human rights, that it is too vague, that in fact the Right to Peace cannot be recognized as either an individual right or as a collective one, and that it does not reflect any international principles enshrined in the UN Charter.

In a meeting on the Right of Peasants, similar concerns were expressed. The EU stated that it is not convinced that a declaration is the best way forward, that the existing normative framework is sufficient to protect human rights and that the problem is one of implementation. South Korea also had “strong reservations” on whether it was really needed.

The Declaration on International Solidarity is no more promising, containing an array of watery phrases like:

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UN Racism Expert Condemns Holocaust Denial

Unlike its discredited predecessor, the Human Rights Council has not passed one single resolution condemning antisemitism. (The Commission on Human Rights used to condemn antisemitism in 3 separate resolutions each year. Not much has changed since our 2004-2007 The United Nations and Anti-Semitism Report Card.)

Yet, in a recent welcome development, Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, the UN’s expert on racism, discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, had some tough words for antisemites across the world. In his most recent report, the expert dedicated an entire section to “Countering Holocaust denial and the distortion of History” and included another section outlining successful methods for combating neo-Nazis and skinheads.

In particular, the report explicitly defines and denounces modern Holocaust denial. The report defines Holocaust denial as 1) denying six million Jews were killed during the Second World War; 2) professing the Nazis had no official policy or intention to exterminate Jews; and 3) extermination and concentration camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau never existed.

The expert explains that while the Holocaust “is one of the well-documented events in recent history,” Holocaust denial is driven directly by antisemitism and as a tool for advancing the conspiracy of Jewish world domination. This antisemitism, the expert continues, also manifests in overtly antisemitic events and actions such as a full military funeral of an SS officer, a celebration of a Nazi military victory, and the promotion of antisemitic views by a comedian [alluding to French "comedian" Dieudonne] and other public personalities.
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Rights Group Welcomes ‘Landmark’ UN Vote Creating Inquiry on Eritrea Abuses

Rights Group Welcomes ‘Landmark’ UN Vote Creating Inquiry on Eritrea Abuses 

Eritrean delegation interrupted testimony by Eritrean human rights dissident brought by UN Watch

GENEVA, June 27, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch welcomed the Human Rights Council’s “landmark” creation of a commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in Eritrea, in a resolution that was adopted by consensus today at the 47-nation body.

The resolution “strongly condemns” the Eritrean authorities for perpetrating “widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

“It speaks volumes that thousands of Eritreans are fleeing every month to escape their country’s grave abuses,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

“Today’s resolution sends the message that the time has arrived to seek minimal human rights accountability from the Eritrean government.”

“Let’s not forget that Eritrea is one of the few countries without any reporting on the human rights situation from within, and a complete lack of access by international human rights observers, rendering monitoring of human rights conditions on the ground extremely challenging,” said Neuer.

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Resolutions and Voting Results of 26th HRC Session

Condemnatory Country-Specific Resolutions:

The continuing grave deterioration in the human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (A/HRC/26/L.4)
Sponsors: UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, USA, Jordan, Qatar, France, Kuwait, Italy
Orally revised  to reflect the role of chemical weapons in Syria
Vote Result: 32 in favor, 5 against (Algeria, Russia, Cuba, China, Venezuela), 9 abstentions (India, Ethiopia, Pakistan).

Situation of human rights in Eritrea (A/HRC/26/L.6)
Sponsor: Somalia
Result: Adopted without a vote  as orally revised. (China, Pakistan and Venezuela disassociated from consensus.)

Situation of human rights in Belarus (A/HRC/26/L.14)
Sponsor: Greece on behalf of the European Union
Vote Result: 24 in favor, 7 against (Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Viet Nam),  16 abstentions

 

Non-Condemnatory Country-Specific Resolutions:

Technical and capacity- building assistance for South Sudan in Human Rights (A/HRC/26/L.32)
Sponsor: South Sudan
Result: Adopted without a vote.

Cooperation and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights (A/HRC/26/L.15)
Sponsor: Ukraine
Vote Result as orally revised: 23 in favor, 4 against (China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela), 19 abstentions

Renforcement de capacités et cooperation technique avec la Côte d’Ivoire dans le domaine des droits de l’homme (A/HRC/26/L.39)
Sponsor: Ethiopia for the African Group
Result: Adopted without a vote.

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Rights group urges countries to vote today for landmark UN inquiry on Eritrea abuses

GENEVA, June 26, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch called on all 47 member states of the Human Rights Council to vote in favor of creating a landmark commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in Eritrea, as proposed in a draft resolution, sponsored by Somalia, that is slated for a vote today.

(See resolution A/HRC/26/L.6, “Situation of human rights in Eritrea,” listed on today’s Order of the Day.)

 If adopted, the resolution would “strongly condemn” the Eritrean authorities for perpetrating “widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The text cites arbitrary and extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, the use of torture, arbitrary and incommunicado detention without recourse to justice, and detention in inhumane and degrading conditions. Continue reading ‘Rights group urges countries to vote today for landmark UN inquiry on Eritrea abuses’

Mother of Kidnapped Israeli Teenager Neftali Frankel Addresses UN

UN Watch invited Rachel Frankel, the mother of 16-year-old Israeli-American kidnap victim Naftali Frankel, who was one of three boys abducted on June 12th, to address United Nations Human Rights Council this morning to appeal for international support of the boys’ safe return. (See video of her speech. Transcript after the jump).

UN Watch also facilitated meetings for the three mothers with international officials, including UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri.

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UN’s Dictatorships Fail to Stop “2014 Catalog of UN Inaction on Global Rights Abuses”

Testimony before the UN Human Rights Council delivered today, 19 June 2014, by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, under Agenda Item 3, “Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.”

Mr. President,

The members of this Council have been mandated by the international community to protect victims of human rights violations around the world.

Is the Council living up to its mandate?

Let us consider the most fundamental of all human rights—the right to life—by examining what has happened in the world, over the past 12 months:

July 2013, Turkey: Doctors report that in the Gezi Park protests, police killed 5 people, wounded 8,163 and used chemical riot control weapons against more than 10,000.

August, Egypt: Authorities crush the sit-in held by supporters of deposed president Morsi, killing 1,000 people.

September, Iran: One month after President Rouhani’s inauguration, amid promises of human rights reforms, Iranian officials ignore UN appeals, and hang a record 50 individuals.

Did the council respond with any resolutions, urgent debates, or inquiries to determine the facts, and hold perpetrators accountable? No. Its response was silence.

October, Afghanistan: Terrorists bomb a minibus, killing 14 women and a child who were on their way to celebrate a wedding.

November, Libya: Militia kill 31 during protests in Tripoli, injuring 235.

December, South Sudan: BBC reports mass ethnic killings, including 200 shot by security forces.

January, Pakistan: 236 civilians killed by terrorist attacks.

This Council’s response? Silence.

February, Ukraine: Police kill 75 protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square.

March, China: Activist Cao Shunli, who was arrested for trying to travel to Geneva and participate this Council, mysteriously dies in prison.

 April, Iraq: 750 Iraqis killed, 1,541 injured by terrorism.

May, Venezuela: Troops arrest 243 student protesters and kill one of their own, bringing the death toll to 42 since the start of the opposition protests.

Finally, June — a few weeks ago – in Nigeria: Boko Haram massacres 200 civilians while still holding the 276 school girls it abducted in April…

At this point Mr. Neuer’s testimony was interrupted by points of order claiming that the content was outside of the agenda item, and requesting the Chair to stop him from speaking. Venezuela said Neuer was “out of order,” echoed by Cuba, China, Iran, Pakistan, and Egypt, the latter saying that the subject matter of the speech was “inappropriate.” Mr. Neuer’s right to speak was, however, defended by representatives of the U.S. , France, Ireland, Canada, Norway, and Britain. The Chair read out the relevant rules of procedure, and gave the floor back to UN Watch.

Mr. President, if it “inappropriate” to speak about the urgent need to take action for victims of human rights violations around the world, then why are we here?

Thank you, Mr. President.