On the 10th anniversary of the PLO-requested World Court advisory opinion that declared Israel’s security barrier illegal, and which declared that Israel could not invoke the right of self-defense, it’s worth recalling one of the opinion’s most underreported flaws: its reliance on the findings of UN official Jean Ziegler — founder and 2002 winner of the “Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights” — as a credible source of fact and law. (ICJ Opinion, p. 190)
The court invoked the Swiss clown as an expert only two years after Ziegler went to the annual Tripoli ceremony for the Gaddafi regime to place the human rights award around his neck, something he completely denied until UN Watch found the video. See Ziegler getting the prize at minute 1:22:
A workshop took place at the United Nations office in Geneva today on the so-called “unilateral coercive measures.” In UN-lingo this means Cuba’s efforts to attack the US and its embargo, under the guise of human rights. So no wonder that today’s proceedings were marred by extreme anti-American and anti-Western statements.
Indeed the anti-American discourse started with Cuba accusing the US of “genocide,” among other things. “The US blockade is the main obstacle to the economic development of Cuba and the main violation of human rights.” Of course, there was no mention of the one-party dictatorship that has ruled the island for decades now with no respect for civil and political rights. The Cuban diplomats added that the embargo “is an act of genocide and causes suffering to the people.”
Russia was soon to follow. It said it is “convinced that instead of such ineffective approaches, that only show the weakness of the countries imposing them, dialogue and cooperation should prevail.” In a lesson intended for the West, Russia said that such measures are “anti-democratic by their very nature.”
Jean Ziegler would not be absent from such an anti-American fest. This UN “human rights expert,” founder and recipient of the “Moammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize,” is known for his close ties with the Castro regime. So it did not come as a surprise to anyone that he presented a study on “mechanisms to assess the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights and to promote accountability.”
For this report, the UN had sent questionnaires to all UN member-states. The best responder? The Islamic Republic of Iran. According to Ziegler, “Iran has given extraordinary detail and clear figures. We are very grateful to Iran’s UN Mission for their reply.”
For the past month, UN Human Rights Council nominee Jean Ziegler has lied to the Swiss people about his ties to the Qaddafi Prize, whose creation he announced to the world in 1989, and which, despite his false denials later, he himself received at a ceremony in Tripoli, Libya, on the evening of Sunday, 29 September 2002. Ziegler also played a leading role in “North South XXI,” the Geneva-based front group that managed the prize and promoted Libyan propaganda at the UN.
THE COVER-UP: JEAN ZIEGLER’S LIES TO SWISS MEDIA DURING AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2013
RTS, 14.08.2013, La Suisse souhaite faire élire le sociologue Jean Ziegler à l’ONU (Audio here, 6:41 – 7:20)
RTS: “Les reproches sont très précis : vous auriez participé à l’élaboration du prix Kadhafi sur les Droits de l’Homme, vous auriez aussi reçu le prix… c’est vrai ou c’est faux ?”
Jean Ziegler : “C’est totalement faux ! C’est une pure calomnie de ceux qui veulent détruire ma crédibilité !”
Konkret wird Ziegler beispielsweise die Freundschaft zum ehemaligen libyschen Machthaber Muammar al-Ghadhafi oder zum kubanischen Diktator Fidel Castro vorgeworfen. Ziegler wies die Vorwürfe stets von sich.
Le professeur Jean Ziegler n’a cessé de soutenir des dictateurs, passant sous silence leurs turpitudes au nom de leurs mérites «révolutionnaires». La Suisse a tort de soutenir sa candidature à la commission consultative du Conseil des droits de l’homme, plaide Fabio Rafael Fiallo, économiste et ancien haut fonctionnaire de la Cnuced
Cela fait un bail. Mais je me souviens quand même. Je me souviens qu’au milieu du siècle dernier, j’avais 5 ans quand mon grand-père disparut inopinément. «T’inquiète pas petit, papi est à l’hôpital, soigné pour une légère infection, mais il nous reviendra bientôt», me disait-on alors, comme pour apaiser mes craintes de ne plus le revoir.
Je me souviens aussi que plus tard, grand-père de retour, il m’expliqua qu’en fait, ce n’était pas dans un centre de santé qu’il avait séjourné, avec d’ailleurs deux de ses frères, mais dans une prison immonde. Il m’expliqua également que ce n’était pas la première fois qu’il avait été incarcéré, qu’il lui fut arrivé de passer des semaines entières, voire des mois interminables, dans une cellule d’un mètre cinquante de long, une cellule plus petite que sa taille. Il m’expliqua enfin, les yeux rougis de colère et en même temps de fierté, la raison de ces emprisonnements: il refusait de collaborer avec la dictature qui sévissait dans notre pays en ce temps-là.
Ma famille était, pour faire bref, une famille de dissidents. La dictature en question était celle de Rafael Trujillo, qui gouverna la République dominicaine de 1930 à 1961.
Elle était de droite, cette dictature-là, comme celles de Pinochet et des généraux argentins quelques années plus tard. Mais ce qui est important, ce qui a marqué mon enfance et mon adolescence, et partant mes principes et mes valeurs, c’est que c’était une dictature. Une dictature ignominieuse, comme toutes les dictatures. Comme celles des frères Castro, de Mugabe, de Kadhafi ou de Mengistu. Une dictature, en somme, comme celles défendues et même louées par un citoyen suisse qui présente aujourd’hui sa candidature à la commission consultative du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU. Continue reading ‘Droits humains: la place de Jean Ziegler est au banc des accusés’
Erstaunlich mit welcher Chuzpe deutsche Zeitungen Wahrheiten verschweigen, die ihnen nicht in den Kram passen – als könnten sie im Zeitalter des Internets immer noch darüber entscheiden, was die Öffentlichkeit wissen soll und was nicht. Dass der beliebte Globalisierungkritiker Jean Ziegler dem Oberst Gaddafinahegestanden hat, will man in der SZ, ja sogar der FAZ und beiWelt-Online offenbar lieber nicht hören. “Tatsächlich hat er das Gaddafi-Regime weit differenzierter als andere beurteilt, sich aber auch immer distanziert,” erzählte Michael Frank in der SZ, als die Salzburger Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller Ziegler wieder von den Salzburger Festspielen auslud, wo er als gutes Weltgewissen Ende Juli die Eröffnungsrede halten sollte. Nähe zu Gaddafi? Aber nein! Frank wartet mit Zieglers Erklärung für den Vorwurf auf: DieIsrael-Lobby ist schuld: “Seit er die Hungerlage im Gaza-Streifenvor den Vereinten Nationen anzuprangern verstanden habe, begegne ihm so mancher mit Hass.” Die SZ hatte noch ein paar Wochen vorher ein Interview mit Ziegler gebracht, in dem dieser sich frech als Libyen-Experte aufspielen durfte und den Westen dafür kritisierte, dass er in Libyen nicht eingriff. Sein eigenes Verhältnis zu Gaddafi, das die regierungsunabhängige Organisation UN Watchschon im Jahr 2006 minuziös und für alle öffentlich im Internet dokumentiert hatte, kam im Interview nicht zur Sprache. Wie lammfrom die als investigativ geltende SZ fragen kann!
GENEVA, August 20 – UN Watch applauded the Swiss parliament today for declaring the U.N. nomination of Jean Ziegler — co-founder, co-manager, and 2002 recipient of the Muammar Gaddafi Human Rights Prize — “inappropriate.”
The parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee today called on Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter to cancel the bid, which was made over the opposition of more than 65 NGOs and human rights activists who strongly objected to Ziegler because of his ties to dictators. See here and here.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power similarly said last week that Ziegler was “unfit” for the UN post.
“The declaration of the Swiss parliament is a victory for the reputation of Switzerland, for common sense, and for opponents of dictatorship worldwide,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. The Geneva-based human rights group has exposed Ziegler’s support for Qaddafi and other dictators. See newly released photos showing Ziegler’s role in the Qaddafi prize.
“The victims of Muammar Qaddafi, Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe, and the Hezbollah terrorist organization — whom Ziegler has supported — won a moral victory today.”
“While Ziegler bizarrely denies his well-documented role in creating, managing and winning the Muammar Gaddafi Human Rights Prize, a 2011 report by Swiss TV proved that he is lying.”
GENEVA, August 20 – UN Watch applauded the Swiss parliament today for declaring the U.N. nomination of Jean Ziegler — co-founder, co-manager, and 2002 recipient of the Muammar Gaddafi Human Rights Prize — “inappropriate.”
The parliament called on Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter to cancel the nomination.
The nomination of a 79-year-old sociologist to become an expert of the UN Human Rights Council was deemed “inappropriate” by a Swiss parliamentary commission on Tuesday.
The nomination of Jean Ziegler as a consultant to the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is not to the parliament’s taste. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federal Parliament ruled this bid “inadequate.”
The decision was taken by a narrow majority.
The nomination was strongly criticized, especially in bourgeois circles, which pointed at past links by the 79-year-old sociologist with Muammar Gaddafi.
Several Liberal-Radicals [centrist party] felt that the appointment was a mistake. They have requested Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter to reverse the decision.
La candidature de Jean Ziegler à l’ONU jugée “inadéquate”
La candidature du sociologue de 79 ans comme expert pour le Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU a été jugée “inadéquate” par une Commission du National mardi. La candidature de Jean Ziegler comme consultant auprès du Comité consultatif du Conseil des Droits de l’homme de l’ONU à Genève n’est pas du goût du parlement. La Commission de politique extérieure du Conseil national a jugé lundi cette candidature “inadéquate”. La décision a été prise à une courte majorité. Cette candidature a suscité de vives critiques, notamment de milieux bourgeois, qui pointaient les liens entretenus à l’époque par le sociologue de 79 ans avec Mouammar Kadhafi. Plusieurs libéraux-radicaux ont estimé que cette nomination était une bourde. Ils ont demandé à Didier Burkhalter de revenir en arrière.
November 1, 2007, in Havana, Cuba: Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on The Right to Food (L) is welcomed by Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque. Ziegler’s visit marks the first time in many years that Cuba has allowed a UN envoy to visit Cuba on human rights issues. “Ziegler shares the view of the ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro that it is a crime against humanity to use agriculturally productive soil for growing crops for biofuel production instead of for foodstuffs.” (Photo by Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)
Jean Ziegler, co-founder, co-manager and 2002 recipient of the Qaddafi human rights prize, is hoping to return to the UN Human Rights Council in September, thanks to the sponsorship and lobbying efforts of the Swiss government.
While Switzerland’s Note Verbale on Ziegler’s behalf invokes his prior work as a UNHRC expert, the truth is that his record there was marked by shameless politicization and propaganda for some of the world’s most autocratic regimes.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has just become the first world figure to support UN Watch’s campaign to stop Qaddafi Prize founder Jean Ziegler from returning to the UN Human Rights Council.
MYTH: In their campaign letter last week to 200 Geneva embassies requesting support for the election of Jean Ziegler to the UN Human Rights Council, the Swiss Foreign Ministry asserted Ziegler’s “many achievements” in his former UN position promoting “the right to food.” Similarly, Ziegler himself insisted on Swiss Radio this week that he has never been criticized for his former work as UNHRC Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and that everyone at the UN approved and applauded his work.
FACT: Ziegler was criticized for abuse of mandate by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and High Commissioner Louise Arbour. Notably, Ziegler’s work as Rapporteur on food was strongly condemned by the UN agency that specializes in combating hunger.
The World Food Program (WFP) is the food aid arm of the United Nations system, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, feeding more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.
Journal de Genève (in French) reporting on Ziegler’s 1989 role as spokesman for the Moammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize, and his claims about “Libyan democratization.”
Ziegler’s attempts to cover up his key role in the prize were exposed by Swiss TV’s respected “10vor10″ program (video with English subtitles); and by the Le Matin newspaper (in French), which displayed one column of Ziegler’s claims, side by side with another column of contradictory information.
Prediction: when Olivier de Schutter, who holds the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Cuban-sponsored mandate on the “right to food,” delivers next week’s 2012 King & Wood Mallesons Annual Lecture at Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, he will (1) tell students how terrible food security is in Australia; (2) remain silent on those starving Syria; (3) say nothing of the 3.5 million facing malnutrition in Mali.
The National Post (Canada) May 5, 2012, p. A20 EDITORIALS
By Hillel Neuer
Olivier De Schutter is the UN Human Rights Council’s “Special Rapporteur on the right to food,” a post initiated by Cuba. Tomorrow he begins an 11-day investigation of Canada.
De Schutter’s senior adviser, Priscilla Claeys, previously worked with Oxfam Canada, part of the group that is unofficially coordinating his visit, and with Rights and Democracy—a Canadian agency soon to be shut down—where she collaborated with the UN office of Jean Ziegler, co-founder of the “Muammar Qaddafi Human RIghts Prize” and De Schutter’s predecessor.
“There is no food and no clean water, nothing,” Mahmoud, a 12-year-old boy from Homs, Syria, told Reuters Thursday. “There is no shop open and we only have one meal a day. How can we live like that and survive?”
According to the World Food Program, half a million people don’t have enough to eat in Syria. Fears are growing that the regime is using hunger as a weapon.
This is the kind of emergency which should attract the attention of the UN Human Rights Council’s hunger monitor, who has the ability to spotlight situations and place them on the world agenda. Yet Olivier de Schutter of Belgium, the “Special Rapporteur on the right to food,” is not going to Syria.
GENEVA, March 27 – Calling it “a defeat for the enemies of human rights,” UN Watch announced today that notorious UN official Jean Ziegler—who in 1989 boasted to the world his creation of the “Moammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize,” an award that has since been given to Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, Louis Farrakhan and other racists—lost his bid to become the UN’s first expert on ensuring an “equitable international order,” an anti-Western mandate founded by the UN Human Rights Council at the request of Cuba’s Communist regime.
“Ziegler is a human rights impostor who has wilfully espoused propaganda on behalf of any tyrant or terrorist that is anti-American, anti-Western or anti-Israel,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
Following UN Watch’s reports, articles and speeches exposing the scoundrels below, a bill pending in the US Congress, H.R.2829 – United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011, effectively places these UN Human Rights Council officials on a watchlist:
(8) Some of these [United Nations Human Rights Council] special rapporteurs and members of the Advisory Committee have displayed consistent bias against the United States, Israel, and the Jewish people, while providing support to human rights abusers.
(9) Richard Falk, the United Nations ‘Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967’, has compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Holocaust, questioned the veracity of the events of September 11, 2001, and posted a cartoon on his blog depicting Americans and Jews as bloodthirsty dogs.
(10) Jean Ziegler, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and former United Nations ‘Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food’, has accused former President George W. Bush and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of committing ‘state terrorism’, has called for an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court for ‘war crimes’ following Israel’s war against Hezbollah in 2006, has visited Cuba and praised the Cuban regime’s provision of food to the Cuban people, and has stated that Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe ‘has history and morality with him’. Ziegler was also involved in the establishment of the ‘Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights’, a prize established by, funded by, and named after Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, and awarded in the past to Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Louis Farrakhan, and Roger Garaudy, who has denied the Holocaust, questioned the veracity of the events of September 11, 2001, and supported Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map’.
(11) Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee who has previously served as President of the United Nations General Assembly and as foreign minister for the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, has implicitly accused the United States of ‘terrorism’, has called former President Ronald Reagan a ‘butcher’, has called for a international boycott of Israel, has stated that the Palestinians were being ‘crucified’ by Israel, has called Israel’s defensive Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip a ‘monstrosity’ and ‘genocide’, has urged the United Nations to use the term ‘apartheid’ in discussing Israeli treatment of Palestinians, has embraced Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after Ahmadinejad delivered an anti-American, anti-Israel address to the United Nations General Assembly, has stated that charges of genocide against Sudanese dictator Omar Hassan al Bashir are ‘racist’, and has declared Fidel Castro ‘World Hero of Solidarity’, stating that Castro ‘embod[ied] virtues and values worth emulation by all of us’.
(12) Halima Warzazi, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, has compared Israel to Nazi Germany, and used her previous membership in a United Nations apparatus to shield Saddam Hussein from censure for gassing Iraqi Kurds in Halabja.
Out of 4 applicants, Jean Ziegler is only one not to be shortlisted
Today: UNHRC appointment will go instead to Alfred de Zayas
Ziegler in SDA News: “I refused to apply for new job; need to stay in current post” Ziegler in application: “I’m very motivated for new job; willing to end current post”
GENEVA, March 23 – For the first time in his career, veteran UN human rights official Jean Ziegler—who was exposed this year by Swiss TV for his role in creating the “Qaddafi Human Rights Prize,” and then disinvited from delivering the Salzburg Festival’s keynote address—has been denied a sought-after UN post, a new mandate sponsored by Cuba’s Communist government to ensure “equitable international order.”
Yet in a bizarre development yesterday, Ziegler, a former Swiss Socialist politician, apparently tried to preempt news of his rejection by telling Swiss news agency SDA that he declined to apply for the post.
“The UN’s own documents show that Ziegler’s completely lying,” said Hillel Neuer, director of the Geneva-based UN Watch monitoring group.
Letter from WFP Executive Director James T. Morris to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, dated October 24, 2002
Dear Mr. Secretary-General:
Knowing how busy you are, I regret having to take your time on this issue, but since I arrived here at the World Food Programme, I have been following with some concern the public statements of Jean Ziegler, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In particular, I was disturbed by the attached release by Reuters which gives the impression that Mr. Ziegler speaks on behalf of the United Nations. You will note in the text that Mr. Ziegler has attacked the agreed position of the United Nations and the views of the director-general of WHO on GM/Biotech foods and he has done so without citing any scientific authorities, studies or reports. WFP staff in Geneva confirmed directly with him that the substance of the Reuters report was correct and that he had not been misquoted. Continue reading ‘UN’s World Food Program: Jean Ziegler causes “withdrawal of food aid & medicine from needy people”; actions are “profoundly immoral,” “unconscionable”’
Veteran Qaddafi rep sits on mercenaries expert group meeting today
GENEVA, April 5 – An international coalition of 45 human rights groups today urged Ban Ki-moon and UN rights chief Navi Pillay to call on the UN Human Rights Council to fire two officials for their alleged actions over three decades to shield Libyan dictator Col. Qaddafi from scrutiny of his regime’s gross violations of human rights. (See full text below.)
The appeal names Jean Ziegler, a member of the UNHRC Advisory Committee, who in 1989 announced the creation of the “Moammar Qaddafi Prize for Human Rights.” When Libya’s rights record was reviewed in November, a Libyan-funded group tied to Ziegler distributed a 2010 book, edited by Ziegler, which likens Qaddafi to the philosopher Rousseau.
Segments from the Swiss TV program “10vor10,” March 25, 2011
Though he’s never really been a favorite of the West, the Libyan dictator Gaddafi was courted by many from the West before the popular uprising broke out against him. A serious charge, among others, was an excessive closeness with the Tyrant of Tripoli.
GENEVA, March 31 – After UN Watch’s latest campaign of UN speeches, articles and TV appearances exposing Jean Ziegler’s ties to the Qaddafi regime, the Austrian province of Salzburg cancelled a keynote speech by the UN Human Rights Council official at its prestigious cultural festival, a regional government spokesman confirmed today. Allegations of Ziegler’s closeness to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi would have overshadowed his speech at the festival, which begins in July, the spokesman said.
UN Watch Statement Interactive Dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Delivered by Hillel Neuer, March 3, 2011
Madame High Commissioner, we thank you for your report, and applaud its emphasis on the core principle of accountability. We commend your recent leadership on human rights in Libya. As you stated, “the people of Libya had long been victims of the serious excesses of the Libyan leadership.”
In this regard, given that accountability begins at home, we wish to ask whether your office has begun to reflect upon how, in recent years, the United Nations and its human rights system could have shown greater solidarity with Libya’s victims. We offer five specific questions:
1. Given that your responsibility is to mainstream human rights throughout the U.N. system, we ask: When the Qaddafi regime was chosen to serve on the Security Council for 2008 and 2009; when its representative was chosen as President of the General Assembly in 2009; when Col. Qaddafi’s daughter Ayesha was designated in 2009 a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador — why did you not speak out?
2. According to a study of all your published statements from September 2008 through June 2010, you never once mentioned human rights in Libya. Why?
3. Your report refers to your office’s strong support for the Durban process, for which you served as Secretary-General of its 2009 World Conference on Racism. When a representative of the Libyan regime was chosen to chair that conference’s two-year planning committee, and to chair the main committee, why did you not speak out?
4. When the Qaddafi regime was elected as a member of this council last year, why did you not speak out?
5. Your report refers to the council’s Advisory Committee. In 2008, ignoring the appeal of UN Watch and 25 human rights groups, the council elected the co-founder of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize—a propaganda tool for the regime—to this body. Last year he was made the committee’s vice-president. Why did you not speak out?
And will you now call on the recipients of this prize—former Cuban President Fidel Castro in 1998, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2004, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in 2009, and Turkish PM Erdogan in 2010—to renounce this prize, and to apologize to all the human rights victims—past and present—of Col. Muammar Qaddafi?
The signatories include North South 21 – the Qaddafi-funded organization in Geneva that manages the Qaddafi prize, and which has been closely linked with Ziegler. As the Swiss newspaper NZZ reported in 2006, “North-South 21 had been mandated to manage the Qaddafi Prize for years, as confirmed by Ahmad Soueissi, North-South’s managing director.”
Another signatory, it is no accident, is CETIM, a partner organization of North-South 21 that proudly received the Qaddafi prize, which comes with a reported $250,000 in Libyan funding (see announcement below, from the CETIM website).
In the end, therefore, while the petition claims that Ziegler’s Qaddafi connections are “lies” and a “slanderous smear campaign,” it only ends up substantiating those very connections.
What do we know about the Geneva-based North South 21, which has UN accreditation as a “non-governmental” organization?
A series of publicly-available documents show how the Qaddafi regime created the organization in 1989, as part of the Geneva-based committee to award an annual “Moammar Qaddafi Prize for Human Rights.” Radical anti-Western activist Jean Ziegler played a founding role in the inter-linked organizations.
UN Watch detailed all of this in a major 2006 report here, as cooroborated by a front page story by Switzerland’s leading newspaper, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung. Further details about the Libyans’ open acknowledgment of North South 21 being a part of the Qaddafi Prize organization can be found here. (Supplement to UN Watch’s June 20, 2006 Report, “Switzerland’s Nominee to the UN Human Rights Council and the Moammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize”, containing excerpts from http://www.gaddafiprize.org/ that document Jean Ziegler’s role as a 1989 co-founder of the Khaddafi Prize and its 2002 winner, and confirming the Khaddafi Prize organization’s control over North-South XXI and the North-South Institute, of which Jean Ziegler is vice-president.According to the Libyan press agency, the organization in Geneva that awards the Khaddafi Prize is an entity called North-South XXI (or Nord-Sud XXI). See “President Chavez of Venezuela wins International Gaddafi Award for Human Rights,” Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting Corporation, December 10, 2004, at http://en.ljbc.net/online/news_details.php?id=475 (see Attachment 7 here); “Oxymoron,” Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 15 Oktober 2004 (citing Libyan press agency Jana as saying the Prize is awarded by an International People’s Committee and Nord-Sud XXI) (see Attachment 8 here). Continue reading ‘Qaddafi and his UN-accredited “NGO” North-South 21′
Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to the UN in Geneva, who used to regularly deluge diplomats and activists with multi-megabyte emails and photos detailing his latest activities, is claiming credit for blocking an attempted UN Human Rights Council inquiry into his country’s war with the Tamils.
According to Dayan Jayatilleka, “Even the Richard Goldstone report on Gaza got only 25 votes, but we managed to secure 29 for Sri Lanka at the special session.”
The ex-envoy spoke of his radical Marxist past, and his connection with “dear friends” such as Jean Ziegler, the 1989 co-founder of the Moammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize, and recently-elected VP of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.
The upcoming publication of the UN’s Goldstone “fact-finding” mission on Gaza calls to mind events that occurred at the headquarters of the Human Rights Council during the January war.
Certain members of the UN staff union in Geneva were so worked up by Israel’s military operation that they flouted UN rules by organizing their own demonstration, and issued a statement supporting the biased Human Rights Council resolution that was opposed by the European Union, Canada and other democracies. Click for flyer
No such efforts were ever made by the union during the previous 8 years when Hamas fired thousands of rocket against Israeli civilians. Nor have they ever done such a demonstration for anyone else in the world.
It’s just a reminder that whenever things heat up in the Middle East, the UN explodes in efforts to condemn Israel. Even after dozens of UN institutions, agencies and officials with some ostensibly relevant mandate issue their condemnations, dozens more emerge that have no relevant mandate, or which are expressly barred from making political statements.
It’s what happened in 2006 during the Lebanon war, when the now-defunct sub-commission on human rights censured Israel — even while admitting that they were prevented by their rules from criticizing any countries — for its “massive denial and violation of human rights in Lebanon.” Not only did the statement pointedly ignore Hizbollah’s role in attacking Israel and violating the human rights of Israeli civilians, but it blatantly violated the sub-commission’s legal mandate.
The sub-commission has today been replaced by the Advisory Committee, whose chair is Halima Warzazi, and vice-chair Jean Ziegler. The former was an apologist for Saddam’s gassing of Kurds, the latter for Qaddafi’s attack on Lockerbie.
The Geneva lawyer of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Charles Poncet, says that Switzerland should have chosen Jean Ziegler, the recently-elected vice-chair of the UN Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee, to resolve the year-long diplomatic crisis that has Libya still holding two Swiss citizens as hostages.
In response to the arrest of the dictator’s son in Geneva last July, Libya also pulled out billions in Swiss bank deposits and halted oil exports that previously amounted to more than half of all crude going into Switzerland. Qaddafi has recently been giving speeches at various international summits calling for the dismantling of Switzerland, which he calls a terrorist state for its alleged harboring of Al Qaeda cash.
Poncet said that Ziegler is a close and long-time friend of Qaddafi, going back 35-40 years. UN Watch has documented in detail Ziegler’s Libyan connections, such as his 1989 co-founding of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize, awarded in 2002 to Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, and to Ziegler himself.
Ziegler denied today that he has “any links of friendship or complicity” with Qaddafi, but says he is rather “regularly received by him as a sociologist.” Ziegler also said that he is off to the Libyan capital on September 1st on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Qaddafi’s coup d’etat.