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UK, Canada protest Mugabe’s UN tourism summit

GENEVA, August 8 – The non-governmental advocacy group UN Watch welcomed reports that Britain and Canada will not be sending any representatives to a global UN tourism conference being hosted by Zimbabwe later this month.

“Amid reports of election-rigging and ongoing human rights abuses, Zimbabwe is the last country that should be legitimized by a UN summit of any kind,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

“The government of Robert Mugabe has brutalized human rights activists, crushed democracy dissidents, and turned the breadbasket of Africa into a basket-case. The notion that the UN should now spin this country as a lovely tourism destination is, frankly, sickening,” said Neuer.

Over the past decade, UN Watch has brought numerous Zimbabwean human rights activists to testify on the sidelines of UN conferences.

Over 500 diplomats and dignitaries from 150 countries will be attending the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) 20th General Assembly at Victoria Falls starting 26th August.

“UN Watch applauds Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird for taking the initiative last year to pull out of this misguided venture and spotlight the grossly inappropriate UN honor to Mugabe,” said Neuer.

UN Watch documentation of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe: Continue reading ‘UK, Canada protest Mugabe’s UN tourism summit’

Testimony to U.N.: Rights chief Navi Pillay should quit picking on Canada while handing propaganda coup to Pakistan and Zimbabwe

UN RIGHTS CHIEF SLAMS CANADA WHILE HANDING PROPAGANDA COUP TO PAKISTAN AND ZIMBABWE

UN Watch Testimony before the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council, delivered under Agenda Item 2 (High Commissioner’s Report), 18 June 2012. Audio.

Thank you, Madam President.

UN Watch welcomes the human rights documentation in the High Commissioner’s report, which only underscores the need for this council to address the world’s worst violators.

In Syria, President Assad is slaughtering his own people. The UN monitors, sent in to help stop the violence, have suspended their mission because, as they explained it, there was too much violence.

All UN agencies must now send a clear message that the Assad regime has no legitimacy. Yet the very opposite message was sent when UNESCO recently elected Syria to its human rights committee. Continue reading ‘Testimony to U.N.: Rights chief Navi Pillay should quit picking on Canada while handing propaganda coup to Pakistan and Zimbabwe’

Rights Violating States Attempt Response to Accusations

Today at the U.N. Human Rights Council, after a number of states and NGOs accused Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, China, and North Korea of violating human rights, these countries demanded their rights of reply to respond to allegations or deflect blame by pointing to purported abuses of their critics. Continue reading ‘Rights Violating States Attempt Response to Accusations’

Zimbabwe accused European Union of “racism, double standards and selectivity”

The UN Human Rights Council today concluded its debate with its experts on Adequate Housing and on Minorities, and opened general debate on agenda item 3, entitled “Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including the Right to Development.”

Slovenia on behalf of the EU expressed deep concerns over Zimbabwe, regarding the situation of human rights defenders, torture and violations of freedom of expression.

Zimbabwe’s representative said the EU’s statement was characterized by “racism, double standards and selectivity.” She added that “human rights defenders [were] not superhuman” and that they should respect the law.

EU member States were trying to “violate the sovereignty of the people of Zimbabwe in trying to impose a puppet government that would carry out their neo-colonialist interests.”

“Whenever the EU speaks, it is not so difficult to see the ugly face of Britain, the former colonial master,” she said.

The Zimbabwean representative concluded her statement by calling upon the Council to condemn EU states for violations of freedom of expression and for its non-respect of Zimbabwe’s right to self determination.

EU Defends Gay Rights 
During the general debate, the EU strongly deplored instances of discrimination against Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals (LGBT) in Russia, Kuwait, Sudan and Iran and condemned the renewal of violence in West Darfur.

Pakistan on behalf of the Islamic bloc addressed the issue of self-determination in cases of occupation, citing the cases of Kashmir and Palestine.

Malaysia deplored the fact that “Islam is consistently subject to defamation,” and called for exceptions to freedom of expression.

UN Watch testified before the Council against the grave violations of the right to life that are committed in Darfur on a daily basis. Exercising a right of reply, Sudan said that UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer “is continuing to live in a world of media exaggeration on the subject of Darfur where the sufferings of people are exploited for an agenda that has nothing to do with Darfur.”

To read the official UN meeting summary, click here.

To watch the live webcast of the session, click here.