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Richard Falk defends Palestinian resort to violence, praises Hamas for pursuing “peaceful co-existence,” attacks UN Watch for “defamatory campaign”

Former U.N. investigator Richard Falk hails Hamas’ “spirit of resistance,” justifies the Palestinian use of violence, says Hamas aims for “long-term peaceful co-existence,” and attacks UN Watch for ruining his 6-year term as Special Rapporteur on Palestine.

“I was very much attacked in a kind of defamatory way by UN Watch and other very extreme Zionist organizations. Wherever I went, anywhere in the world, they would try to prevent me from speaking, mounted a defamatory campaign, called me an antisemite, a leading antisemite. The Wiesenthal Center in LA listed me as the third most dangerous antisemite in the world, which made feel I must be doing something right, in this role…”

Ex-UN Expert Richard Falk Compares UN Watch to Goebbels, “Their Defamatory Attacks Damaged My Reputation”

GENEVA, April 20 – In a new diatribe delivered before an April 10th anti-Israel gathering in Washington, DC, former UN expert Richard Falk lashes out at UN Watch for “defamatory attacks” that “damaged my reputation, referring to the exposure of his support of 9/11 conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic remarks. Falk compared the Geneva NGO’s practices to those of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (see video above at minute 9:00 to 10:00).
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Ex-UN investigator Richard Falk lashes out at UN Watch for


Richard Falk, the infamous 9/11 Truther and author of the New York Times 1979 classic op-ed “Trusting Khomeini,” has not received a moment of our attention since his 6-year term as the UNHRC’s special investigator of “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law” expired, at long last, in June of this year.

Yet the former committee member of Human Rights Watch, expelled by Ken Roth 24 hours after we protested his role at the global NGO, continues to evince a profound bitterness to UN Watch, the only human rights group at the United Nations that dared to expose his toxic mix of pro-Hamas appeasement, anti-Western invective, support for 9/11 conspiracy theorists and demonization of Israel.

Our allies in condemning Falk’s poison included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.S., the UK, Canada — and the Palestinian Authority, which famously tried to fire him. For a glimpse into Falk’s numerous statements supporting terrorism against America, the West and Israel, click here.

While we stopped watching him after he left the UN, it seems the man is bitter. Here is Falk’s latest tirade against UN Watch, from his essay yesterday on the alleged misuses of anti-Semitism:

I do not claim neutrality on these issues. During the past six years, while serving as UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine on behalf of the Human Rights Council, I have been the continuous target of a sustained defamation campaign spearheaded by a Zionist-oriented NGO, UN Watch, based in Geneva. I was repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism, and my views on other issues were likewise distorted to create an impression of bizarre judgment. I was called a supporter of terrorism, a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, and the like…

 Because of the atmosphere in North America where demonstrating 100%+ support for Israel has become an indispensable ingredient of political credibility, these defamatory attacks were accepted as valid by several public officials who never bothered to check with me or examine my actual views on such controversial topics.

As a result I was attacked by such luminaries as the UN Secretary General, two U.S. ambassadors to the UN (Susan Rice, Samantha Powers), Foreign Minister of Canada, among others, and a favorite target for Fox TV and the Murdock [sic] media empire.

Additionally, efforts were made to have my lectures cancelled at universities in various places around the world (including McGill and McMaster in Canada, AUB in Beirut, ANU, Melbourne, and Sydney in Australia, Norfolk in the UK, and Princeton, University of Texas, University of Iowa and others in the USA) These universities were warned that unless my campus appearance was cancelled, funding would suffer.

On at least one occasion I was informed that a previous offer of a visiting appointment at an overseas university, Kings College London, was reduced from year-to-year to a single year due to my alleged anti-Semitism.

Even my wife was defamed by such Zionist zealots who tried to defeat her candidacy in the UN Human Rights Council in 2014 to become Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food. She was accused of writing inflammatory anti-Israeli tracts in collaboration with me, a complete lie as we had never collaborated on this subject-matter, and it was further alleged that she shared my anti-Semitic views, which is a double lie.

On the writings of his wife Hilal Elver Falk concerning “Israel’s Water Apartheid,” click here.

The Open Anti-Semitism on Richard Falk’s Blog

Falk elver blog shot

As Richard Falk exits the UN, and as his wife Hilal Elver — who is co-director of the institute which sponsors the blog below — enters the UN as a newly-appointed investigator of its Human Rights Council, it is important to appreciate the open anti-Semitism that their heavily-moderated blog hosts on a regular basis, apart from Falk’s own notorious posts that have earned condemnation from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other world figures.

One example is the crude anti-Jewish rantings of a regular and approved commenter on Falk’s blog who goes by the name of Walker Percy. Continue reading ‘The Open Anti-Semitism on Richard Falk’s Blog’

U.S. and Canada blast today’s UN appointment of Richard Falk’s wife, citing ‘biased and inflammatory views’

U.S. and Canada blast today’s UN appointment of Richard Falk’s wife, citing ‘biased and inflammatory views,’ ‘abysmal judgment’ 

Goldstone Report Co-Author Christine Chinkin Loses Bid for Palestine Post to Indonesian Diplomat

Today, as controversial UN official Richard Falk ended his 6-year term as human rights investigator, the UN appointed his wife and academic partner, Hilal Elver Falk, to her own 6-year term as a human rights investigator. The couple co-direct a research institute.

GENEVA, May 8, 2014 —  UN Watch condemned the UN’s “bizarre, nepotistic, and politically-driven” decision today to hand a top human rights post to the controversial wife and academic partner of discredited official Richard Falk, on the same day that he ended his own 6-year term as UN investigator of Israeli violations.

Despite submitting an application form riddled with self-disqualifying answers, non-sequiturs, and more than 20 spelling mistakes, Hilal Elver (also known as Hilal Elver Falk) was named UN special rapporteur on the right to food, a position initiated by Cuba and first held by Jean Ziegler, founder and recipient of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize.

“Decisions like this threaten to turn the UN into a joke,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

“Falk was an open admirer of 9/11 conspiracy theorists and an apologist for terror groups whose term was finally up, so now the UN installed his closest professional collaborator — his wife.”

Elver and her husband Falk teachlecture and publish together. They also co-direct a research institute.

Falk was condemned repeatedly during his term by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.S., Britain and Canada for promoting 9/11 conspiracy theories and endorsing an anti-Semitic book.

At the same time, UN Watch welcomed the strong objections expressed by the U.S. and Canada, which followed a month-long protest campaign by the the Geneva human rights group.

U.S. Blasts Elver’s “Biased and Inflammatory Views”

“The United States again expresses its concern,” said the U.S. in a statement today, citing Elver’s “lack of relevant experience” and questioning “her readiness for this assignment.”

In addition, the U.S. pointed to Elver’s “biased and inflammatory views” regarding the United States and Israel, which it said “run counter to the dispassionate professionalism central to the work of a Special Rapporteur.”

The U.S. said the appointment “could reflect negatively on the Council’s other special procedures mandates, most of which produce crucial work that highlights, promotes, and protects human rights around the world.”

Canada FM Condemns Elver’s “Abysmal Judgment”

“Her public record clearly demonstrates abysmal judgment, as well as associations with fringe groups,” Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a letter sent to Baudelaire Ndong Ella, a diplomat from the African country of Gabon and current UNHRC president.

Elver is one of 19 academics and former diplomats named today as independent experts of the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council.

“Apart from Elver, many excellent people were chosen today, and we look forward to working with them to advance human rights for victims worldwide,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

“It is truly a shame that many of the independent experts who are the crown jewels of the UN human rights system should have their work tarnished by indefensible UN appointments driven purely by politics and anti-Western and anti-Israel ideological agendas.”

UN Watch had sent a letter, objecting to Elver’s failure to satisfy the UN post’s official criteria, to the U.S., Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Romania and the UK, all of whom are voting members on the UNHRC, and to Canada, an observer.

Elver has joined her husband on numerous occasions in supporting the work of 9/11 conspiracy theorists, and in accusing the West and Israel of Islamophobia and “genocide.”

“Hilal Elver is not only Richard Falk’s wife, employee and main collaborator, but she echoes his crude and simplistic post-colonial narrative, which demonizes America, the West, and Israel, while praising dictators like Erdogan and the books of 9/11 conspiracy theorists,” said Neuer.

Co-Author of Goldstone Report Loses Bid to Replace Falk; Indonesian Diplomat is Named Instead 

In an upset for LSE professor Christine Chinkin, co-author of the UN’s Goldstone Report, the council dropped her name as Falk’s intended replacement, instead naming former Indonesian diplomat Makarim Wibisono to the post.

This is second time that Chinkin applied yet failed to get the post. In 2006, she was defeated by Falk.

“While UN Watch was the first to express concerns over several of his past UN statements made on behalf of Indonesia,” said Neuer, “I met and interacted with Ambassador Wibisono in 2005 when he was Chair of the former UN Commission on Human Rights, a position that he fulfilled with fairness and professionalism.”

“Despite the bias inherent in this one-sided UN mandate, which only examines Israel and presumes guilt in advance, I hope that Ambassador Wibisono will turn a new page for the UN position.”

“Falk’s 6-year tenure was marked by baseless and inflammatory condemnations of Israel that only caused polarization, threatening to push the parties apart.”

“We need someone now who will respect universal standards, genuinely protect the human rights of all citizens, and uphold the UN’s purpose of bringing people together.”

Continue reading ‘U.S. and Canada blast today’s UN appointment of Richard Falk’s wife, citing ‘biased and inflammatory views’’

U.S. blasts UN appointment of Richard Falk’s wife Hilal Elver, citing ‘biased and inflammatory’ statements

UN Watch welcomes the following statement just issued now by the U.S. government, in response to our letter outlining Hilal Elver’s troubling record.


U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva

For Immediate Release | May 8, 2014


New Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

The United States again expresses its concern on today’s appointment of Hilal Elver by the UN Human Rights Council to be the new Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Ms. Elver’s lack of relevant experience in this area raises questions about her readiness for this assignment. In addition, several of Ms. Elver’s previous publications include biased and inflammatory views regarding the United States and the state of Israel. These views run counter to the dispassionate professionalism central to the work of a Special Rapporteur. Furthermore, this appointment could reflect negatively on the Council’s other special procedures mandates, most of which produce crucial work that highlights, promotes, and protects human rights around the world.

Notwithstanding these concerns, the United States hopes Ms. Elver will use this position to take a constructive approach to addressing the complex challenges of global food security and nutrition.

It’s official: the UN appoints Richard Falk’s wife as a top human rights investigator

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It’s official: on the same day that disgraced UN official Richard Falk ended his 6-year term as a human rights investigator, the Human Rights Council has now appointed his wife, Hilal Elver Falk. The couple are not only husband and wife, but close professional partners in all of their work, co-directing an institute, co-authoring articles, and co-teaching classes. Elver Falk shares her husband’s anti-Western, anti-Israel ideology, and like him she has supported America’s most infamous 9/11 conspiracy theorist. See full story here.

Below is today’s UN press release. Continue reading ‘It’s official: the UN appoints Richard Falk’s wife as a top human rights investigator’

Don’t you wish the U.N. were more like the NBA?

PA tries to stop UN Watch quoting the PA on need to fire Richard Falk

UN Watch testimony to UN Human Rights Council delivered  by executive director Hillel Neuer, 24 March 2014. The speech was interrupted numerous times by the Palestinian Authority, supported with objections by Cuba, Pakistan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Venezuela.

Mr. Falk, in this, your final report, you address the six years of your now-ending term. Were they a success? Let us consider. Did you promote human rights? We could ask the Israeli people. But the terms of your mandate refused to consider their human rights, so we cannot ask them. Let us ask the Palestinian people. We should hear from their sole legitimate representative. Continue reading ‘PA tries to stop UN Watch quoting the PA on need to fire Richard Falk’

Exclusive: Richard Falk’s final report accuses Israel of “inhuman acts” & “apartheid”


A controversial United Nations human rights investigator is accusing Israel of “inhuman acts,” and calling on the body world to support a “legitimacy war” against the Jewish state.

A new report by Richard Falk, which he will present next month to the UN Human Rights Council as its special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, demands that the world court examine whether Israel is guilty of the international crimes of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing,” and urges the UN to investigate corporations that profit from “unlawful Israeli activities.”

Falk, who will be lecturing today at Princeton University, has been condemned by world leaders on multiple occasions for spreading 9/11 conspiracy theories, and for anti-Semitic acts such as his endorsement of a book that praises Adolph Hitler.

(UN Watch has launched an online petition urging Princeton University president Christopher Eisgruber to speak out.)

Continue reading ‘Exclusive: Richard Falk’s final report accuses Israel of “inhuman acts” & “apartheid”’

Regimes that supported Richard Falk in 2013

On June 10, 2013, UN Human Rights Council expert Richard Falk presented a report to the plenary that called for UN Watch to be shut down. The following countries took the floor to support Falk — and to attack UN Watch.

Bangladesh: As we express our full support to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967, we are disturbed by the concern raised in the report of the Special Rapporteur with regard to defamatory attacks towards the Special Rapporteur which should be addressed in all seriousness. Thank you.

Syria:  We support the work done by Mr. Falk and we believe that he provides us with an example to be followed by other Special Rapporteurs. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our full solidarity vis-à-vis his person concerning the smear campaign which has been launched against him. The Syrian Arab Republic will continue to support his work without any condition.

Turkey: We support the independence of the Special Rapporteur and condemn all defamatory attacks conducted by pro-Israel lobbying groups against his mandate.

Malaysia: We also regret the defamatory smear campaign carried out against the character of the special rapporteur designed to cast doubts on his credibility.

Egypt: Finally, we attach importance to the recommendation with regard to setting up a mechanism to support special rapporteurs who are subjected to defamation campaigns including to Mr. Richard Falk. We would like to know Mr. Special Rapporteur, what reactions you have heard from the Office of the High Commissioner in this regard?

Indonesia: A series of defamatory attacks by pro-Israeli lobbying organization demeaning the Special Rapporteur’s character simply confirms how the international community is powerless or lack of the will to firmly address this prolonged problem.

Lebanon: Unfortunately we see how financial greed and political greed an come together and we regret the fact the Special Rapporteur was victim of defamation, which is a violation of the Human Rights mechanisms. My delegation has taken note of the recommendation  [to expel UN Watch] in the report of Mr. Falk.

Cuba: We acknowledge the efforts made by the Rapporteur to comply with his mandate and we regret the actions undertaken by the NGO mentioned in his report to hinder his efforts. This confirms the repeated proposals of our country as to the reactionary nature of that organization.

Kuwait: We condemn the defamation against the Special Rapporteur and support the Special Rapporteur in all steps that he feels appropriate in order to rise to his responsibilities.

U.S. accuses UN’s Richard Falk of stooping to “new low”, calls for his resignation

Source: U.S. State Department, Daily Briefing, December 20, 2013

QUESTION: On Israel and the UN, Special Rapporteur – the head of the Human Rights Commission —


QUESTION: — he made these – he kind of reaffirmed his comment talking about Israel as having genocidal intentions. (Click here for Falk video.) Canada has called for him to be removed from his job and, I mean, doesn’t this – now that you’ve rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, don’t you think that having a gentleman of this – of saying these type of things, like, kind of flies in the face of what the Human Rights Council is supposed to be —

MS. PSAKI: Well, let me very clear here. We condemn and completely reject Richard Falk’s latest outrageous statements made during an interview with Russia Today. The Administration has repeatedly condemned in the strongest terms his despicable and deeply offensive comments, particularly his anti-Semitic blog postings, his endorsement of 9/11 conspiracy theories, and more recently, his deplorable statements with regard to the terrorist attacks in Boston. His most recent remarks, however, represent a new low. We do not support his mandate or his work, which has been one-sided and biased, nor do we believe he should continue to serve as independent UN rapporteur, and we reiterate our calls for him to step down from this role.

We note that his term as Special Rapporteur ends in March 2014, and he cannot be reappointed to the role after that time.

QUESTION: So basically, he’s just going to kind of skirt by it all March 2014?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we’ve repeatedly called for him to step down. We continue to condemn in strongest terms his steps. Unfortunately, the vast majority of HRC members do not agree on his stepping down.

QUESTION: Well, but what does that say about the kind of relevance of a group like the Human Rights Council? I mean, I know you thought it was important to rejoin, but when the majority of members are siding with country – not just in this instance, but are siding with countries and dictators and leaders who do not espouse the human rights values that you do, what is the relevance of the council?

MS. PSAKI: Well, clearly we have strongly – we strongly oppose his comments and his role, as I think I’ve made evident. However, there still is good work that the Human Rights Council does. We will continue to press for him to step down, but we felt, as you noted, it was still important to be a member of the organization.

Australia condemns UN official’s ‘disgraceful’ comments on Israel

UN Watch applauds Australia for joining Canada in condemning the “disgraceful” comments this week by UN official Richard Falk. Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma stated on Twitter (see below) that he was “appalled” by Falk’s comments calling Israel “genocidal.” But the PLO defended Falk today.

UN’s Richard Falk Launches New Attack on UN Watch

Top UN official Richard Falk is angry at us once again:

NGOs such as UN Watch and UN Monitor specialize in managing such hatchet jobs. What is more disturbing than the attacks themselves than their resonance among those holding responsible positions in government and international institutions, as well as widely respected liberal organizations. In my case, the UN Secretary General, the U.S. ambassadors at the UN in New York and Geneva, the British Prime Minister, and the Canadian Foreign Minister. Not one of these individuals bothered to check with me as to my response to the defamatory allegations or apparently took the trouble to check on whether there was a credible basis for such damaging personal attacks. Even the liberal mainstream human rights powerhouse, Human Rights Watch, buckled under when pressured by UN Watch, invoking a long neglected technical rule to obtain my immediate removal from a committee, and then lacked the decency to explain that my removal was not ‘a dismissal’ when UN Watch claimed ‘victory,’ and proceeded to tell the UN and other bodies that if Human Rights Watch had expelled me, surely I should be expelled elsewhere. I learned, somewhat bitterly, that HRW has feet of clay when it came to standing on principle in relation to someone like myself who has been the victim of repeated calumnies because of an effort to report honestly and accurately on Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.

On the other hand, he now allows that our allegation that he supports 9/11 conspiracy theorists is a “quarter-truth”:

pro-Israeli NGOs pound away, shamelessly repeating over and over the same quarter truths, which often are not even related to their main contention of biased reporting. In my case, UN Watch harps on my supposed membership in the ranks of 9/11 conspiracy theorists, an allegation that I have constantly explained to be contrary to my frequently articulated views on the 9/11 attacks. It makes no difference what I say or what are the facts of my position once the defamatory attack has been launched.

UN’s Falk Tries to Dissociate from “Zionazi” Epithet, Kevin Barrett

Last month UN Watch exposed the latest 9/11 conspiracy theories espoused by the UN’s Richard Falk on the “Truth Jihad” radio program of Kevin Barrett, the notorious 9/11 Truther and Holocaust skeptic.

In a partial response, Falk asserts a defense: ignorance.

Here’s his online exchange with Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust, a British charity that monitors antisemitism and provides security for the UK Jewish community:

mark gardner
June 27, 2013 at 8:24 am
how can it be possible that you write a blog on ethics, but are so happy to be interviewed by a radio station, Truth Jihad Radio, that uses the term “zio nazis”?

—> Reply by Richard Falk June 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm
I was not aware of the name of the radio station and had not heard that term used, which would have offended me. I was just approached by the interviewer as often happens, and did not inquire further.

Legitimizing the ugly hate that his radio host represents is hardly Falk’s worst act in this incident, but let us examine his defense anyway. Is Falk telling the truth? Continue reading ‘UN’s Falk Tries to Dissociate from “Zionazi” Epithet, Kevin Barrett’

Support Palestine! Support their effort to fire Richard Falk

Do you support Palestine?

If so, then you would click here to support Palestine’s effort to remove Richard Falk.

Wait – did the State of Palestine really call for the removal of the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestinian rights? Absolutely.

Check out the the following secret U.S. diplomatic cable from February 2010, as revealed by Wikileaks, which documents a U.S. diplomatic conversation with Palestinian Deputy Permanent Representative Imad Zuhairi: Continue reading ‘Support Palestine! Support their effort to fire Richard Falk’

UN’s Falk gives voice to 9/11 conspiracy theory; radio host blames “Zio-Nazis”

GENEVA, June 14 – Controversial UN human rights official Richard Falk has once again given voice to the 9/11 conspiracy theory, in an interview with “Truth Jihad Radio”, sparking calls for the world body’s highest officials to rebuke his “inflammatory” and “offensive” comments.

Radio host Kevin Barrett, who also questions the Holocaust, said that 9/11 was “a false flag attack designed to launch a war on Islam,” and asked Falk if, “given the fact that four out of five Muslims say it was an inside job, we can approach this from a human rights perspective, saying that it’s Islamophobic to accept the official story without questioning it. ” Falk answered: “Yes, you can certainly argue that.”

UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon, UN Human Rights Council president Remigiusz Henczel, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to reprimand Falk. Continue reading ‘UN’s Falk gives voice to 9/11 conspiracy theory; radio host blames “Zio-Nazis”’

New: UK says Richard Falk article “resonant of longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews”

UN Watch has learned that the British government has condemned a recent Richard Falk article for being “resonant of the longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews (through the State of Israel by proxy) for all that is wrong in the world.”

Two months ago, on April 24, we published on this blog the following UK statement that has been sent to reporters:

UK Press Release: Statement on comments by UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk – 24 April 2013

The Spokesperson of the UK Mission to the UN said:

The UK objects strongly to recent remarks made by UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, linking the Boston bombings to“American global domination” and “Tel Aviv”. This is the third time we have had cause to express our concerns about Mr Falk’s antisemitic remarks.   It is important to the UK that Special Rapporteurs uphold the highest standards in their work and we have twice previously made clear that remarks by Mr Falk were unacceptable.

Well, a skeptic named S. Smith filed a Freedom of Information request with the UK government asking whether UN Watch had accurately reproduced the above statement, and he requested a specific explanation of what London regarded as antisemitic.

Last week, in a June 6th response, the British government explained in detail why they recently condemned the UN’s Richard Falk for antisemitism:

Shortly after the appalling event in Boston, Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Ministers offered condolences to the President and the people of America, and our thoughts go out to those victims and their family and friends. Nothing can justify this attack. We therefore strongly objected to the comments by the UN Special Rapporteur in this context that the “United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks.”
The relevant paragraph from Richard Falk’s article for the Foreign Policy Journal reads:
“The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world. In some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink US relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East”.
In the same article Mr Falk said that “as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.” We believe this article is resonant of the longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews (through the State of Israel by proxy) for all that is wrong in the world. This is unacceptable.
We do strongly support the work of Special Rapporteurs as they are a vital part of the UN Human Rights System and it is important that they are able to act independently. However we objected strongly to Mr Falk’s remarks and will continue to raise our objections whenever any Special Rapporteur fails to uphold the standards required in his/her work.
The U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky also said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rejected Falk’s comments, which could undermine the U.N.’s credibility and work. “The Secretary-General immediately condemned the Boston marathon bombing and he strongly believes that nothing can justify such an attack.”
The letter was written by Philippa Thompson, Deputy Team Leader of the Equality and Non-Discrimination Team within the Human Rights & Democracy Department of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Canadian Parliament Standing Ovation Defending UN Watch, Blasting Richard Falk

Mr. Larry Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Richard Falk has once again disgraced himself. Mr. Falk is once again attacking UN Watch, an NGO led by Canadian Hillel Neuer, and called for it to be investigated. This is McCarthyism in the worse sense of the term. Will the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism inform the House whether the government agrees with Mr. Falk or not?

Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Richard Falk is an embarrassment to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He has praised 9/11 conspiracy theorists repeatedly. He has suggested that the United States provoked terrorist attacks against it. He is now attacking Canadian-led UN Watch. We call on Richard Falk to be fired as a special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council. He is a disgrace to that body and the United Nations.

UN Watch Blasts UN Rapporteur Falk After He Demands “Investigation”

Testimony delivered by UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, UN Human Rights Council’s “Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur Richard Falk,” 10 June 2013.

Mr. Falk, in the first page of your report, you attack my NGO and ask this Council to launch an investigation in order to shut us down.

Does your report allege a crime? No, you simply object to our words. We are the only watchdog at the UN, and we report what you say. In reprisal, you now seek to muzzle our voice, to avoid being held accountable.

The real issue is whether your work, conducted under the banner of human rights, actually exonerates and exculpates the perpetrators of terrorism. Continue reading ‘UN Watch Blasts UN Rapporteur Falk After He Demands “Investigation”’

Top United Nations Official Richard Falk Calls for Removing UN Watch

UN Watch: “We do not take this lightly; the UN has a record of suspending or removing NGOs that criticize the worst regimes”

GENEVA, June 6, 2013 – In a scathing and unprecedented attack on a UN-accredited NGO, top UN Human Rights Council official Richard Falk is publicly calling on the 47-nation body to investigate and potentially expel a watchdog organization after it mobilized world leaders—including his own boss, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon—to condemn his comments blaming the Boston Marathon bombings on “the American global domination project” and “Tel Aviv.”

In his just-released annual report, Falk—the controversial human rights monitor tasked by the Council with investigating “Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law” in the Palestinian territories—accuses UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group that fight antisemitism and anti-Israel bias, with “demeaning” and “defaming” his character, damaging the “credibility,” “effectiveness,” and “substantive intention” of his mandate, all of which “diverts attention from the message” and “shifts public interest away.”

UN Watch, whose draft resolution to remove Falk has been circulated by the United Nations as an official document and will be before the Council when he addresses it on Monday, “categorically rejected Falk’s baseless and pathetic attempt to cast aspersions on our independence.”

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant, wrote Justice Brandeis, and that’s why Falk wants to shut us down—so his despicable abuses can proliferate in the dark,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

In Falk’s report, as well as in intense lobbying efforts that he conducted this week as reported by UN insiders, the Council official demands that UN Watch “be investigated” to determine whether it qualifies as a genuine NGO.

“We call on UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to denounce Richard Falk’s McCarthy-style attempt to have rogue regimes conduct a retaliatory ‘investigation’ of UN Watch, as a punishment for successfully exposing his gross misconduct,” said Neuer.

“Falk is dangerously trying to intimidate and silence the UN’s only watchdog group, to grant himself impunity while he continues to exculpate terrorist groups and make other inflammatory remarks that contradict the UN’s founding principles,” said Neuer.

“We are in good company, however, given that Falk’s report also accuses Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being ‘complicit’ with UN Watch for having condemned his ‘preposterous’ comments, in 2011 and again last month.”

Falk wrote that “it seems important to encourage a greater willingness on the part of senior United Nations officials to defend special rapporteurs subject to such diversionary attacks.”

Falk’s report claims that UN Watch’s “smear campaign” is carried out in “numerous settings, including at the Human Rights Council, as well as university venues where the Special Rapporteur gives lectures.”

The “smears” have been “sent to diplomats and United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General, who has apparently accepted the allegations at face value, issuing public criticism of the Special Rapporteur… with no effort to seek the views of the Special Rapporteur.”

In his report, Falk’s ninth and final recommendation is for the Human Rights Council to “establish a mechanism to support Special Rapporteurs who are subject to defamatory attacks, especially those that divert attention from the substantive human rights concerns relevant to their respective mandates.”

UN circulates NGO resolution to fire Richard Falk

For the first time, the United Nations has circulated as an official UN document a draft resolution calling for the firing of Richard Falk, A/HRC/23/NGO/27.

UN Watch submitted the draft text in the form of a NGO written statement to the UN Human Rights Council.

Its acceptance and publication on the UN website means that the text will officially appear on the council’s agenda and be circulated to delegates when Falk addresses the 47-nation body on June 10th.

To be voted upon and adopted, however, the resolution will have to be sponsored by one of the council’s 47 member countries, such as the United States.

UN Watch urges the U.S. and other democracies to endorse the draft resolution.

UN’s Richard Falk Again Calls Boston Attack “Resistance” to U.S. “Military Undertakings”

First time:  resolution submitted to finally remove Richard Falk, UN Watch calls on US & EU to endorse text


GENEVA, May 9, 2013 – UN official Richard Falk, who was condemned for blaming the Boston terrorist attack on U.S. and Israeli policies, has once again justified the bombings as a form of “resistance” that was “bound” to result from U.S. “military undertakings,” in an interview he gave to The Daily Princetonian newspaper.

In an unprecedented move, UN Watch, a Geneva-based group with non-governmental observer status at the United Nations, today circulated a draft resolution to terminate Falk’s mandate, and called on the U.S. and the EU to endorse it.

UN Watch also urged UN rights chief Navi Pillay, and council president Remigiusz Achilles Henczel of Poland, to follow Ban Ki-moon’s example and condemn Falk’s latest remarks. So far, both have kept silent. Continue reading ‘UN’s Richard Falk Again Calls Boston Attack “Resistance” to U.S. “Military Undertakings”’

25 U.S. congressional leaders urge U.N. to fire Richard Falk

Letters signed by 25 congressional leaders, including House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) have been submitted to President Obama and to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for them to take action to remove U.N. Human Rights Council official Richard Falk.  Continue reading ’25 U.S. congressional leaders urge U.N. to fire Richard Falk’

UN’s Disgraced Richard Falk to be Honored Tomorrow by Famed US Financier in Beirut

GENEVA, April 28 – A famous San Francisco tech finance pioneer is being called upon to cancel his sponsorship of a lecture tomorrow night that will honor a UN official who was denounced by world leaders last week for suggesting that the Boston bombings were somehow the fault of the U.S. and Israel.

In a letter sent today to Bill Hambrecht, the 77-year-old investment banker who took Apple Computer public, the Geneva-based UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights monitoring organization, urged him not to honor Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s expert on Palestine, as a “Distinguished Peacemaker” at the American University of Beirut, only days after he was condemned by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, and by the US, UK and Canadian governments, for blaming the Boston terrorist attack on “the American global domination project” and “Tel Aviv.” Continue reading ‘UN’s Disgraced Richard Falk to be Honored Tomorrow by Famed US Financier in Beirut’

Richard Falk’s Publisher ‘Foreign Policy Journal’ is just a 1-man, Truther-run website

World headlines were made last week when UN official Richard Falk found himself condemned by his boss, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for  blaming the Boston bombings on the U.S. and Israel, in an article that appeared in Foreign Policy Journal.

Because of its high-sounding name, many assumed this to be a respected publication along the lines of  Foreign Policy Magazine, or Foreign Affairs, the century-old journal of the Council of Foreign Relations. And some surely assumed that Falk had actually published his preposterous remarks in one of those two publications. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading ‘Richard Falk’s Publisher ‘Foreign Policy Journal’ is just a 1-man, Truther-run website’

U.S. Congressmen Express ‘Outrage’ over U.N. Official Blaming U.S. & Israel for Boston Bombings, Urge Secretary-General to Condemn ‘Odious’ Remarks

The Bipartisan Chairmen of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus have sent a strongly worded letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations condemning comments by a top U.N. human rights official about the Boston bombings. U.N. Human Right’s Council Palestine monitor Richard Falk blamed the terror attacks on “American global dominion” and “Tel Aviv.” Continue reading ‘U.S. Congressmen Express ‘Outrage’ over U.N. Official Blaming U.S. & Israel for Boston Bombings, Urge Secretary-General to Condemn ‘Odious’ Remarks’

U.S. Rep to UNHRC: Richard Falk “unfit to serve”

Statement by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe
U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

regarding Commentary by UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk

April 24, 2013

The United States completely rejects the provocative and offensive commentary by Mr. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, regarding the recent terrorist attack in Boston, Massachusetts.

We have repeatedly called for Mr. Falk’s resignation and expressed our grave concern in a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Falk’s continued offensive communications do nothing to advance peace in the Middle East or to further the protection and promotion of human rights.

Mr. Falk’s latest comments demonstrate once again that he is unfit to serve in his role as a UN special rapporteur.


UN chief “rejects” Falk remarks, which “undermine credibility and work” of UN

Statement read out at today’s daily UN press briefing by Martin Nesisky, spokesman of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

We were asked yesterday about Professor Richard Falk’s latest commentary. I can tell you the Secretary-General has seen the commentary and he has been briefed on it. The Secretary-General rejects Mr. Falk’s comments. The Secretary-General immediately condemned the Boston Marathon bombing and he strongly believes that nothing can justify such an attack. Professor Falk is appointed by the Member States of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, not by the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General is hopeful that Special Rapporteurs such as Mr. Falk understand that – while they have independent status – their public comments can undermine the credibility and the workof the United Nations.

Canada FM: “UN should be ashamed to be associated with Richard Falk”

Falk’s Comments Cast Shame on United Nations

April 24, 2013 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Once again, United Nations official Richard Falk has spewed more mean-spirited, anti-Semitic rhetoric, this time blaming the attacks in Boston on President [Barack] Obama and the State of Israel.

“There is a dangerous pattern to Mr. Falk’s anti-Western and anti-Semitic comments. The United Nations should be ashamed to even be associated with such an individual.

“I respectfully call on the United Nations Human Rights Council—again—to remove Mr. Falk from his position immediately.

“Mr. Falk’s consistently mean-spirited comments cast a dark shadow over the United Nations and what it can accomplish. Comments like these do a great disservice to the fundamental values of the United Nations and to all freedom-loving people.”


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