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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.”

Source: http://www.international.gc.ca/wet30-1/aff/news-communiques/2013/04/24a.aspx?lang=eng

UK condemns UN’s Richard Falk for “antisemitic” remarks – for “third time”

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.’

“You’re Fired”: Richard Falk Expelled from Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch Expels Top U.N. Official Richard Falk

GENEVA, Dec. 18 – Human Rights Watch has just expelled top U.N. official Richard Falk from one of its committees, where he helped played a key role in the organization’s global work.

UN Watch, an unrelated non-governmental organization based in Geneva, had called for HRW to sack Falk from the post, noting he has been condemned for spreading antisemitism and 9/11 conspiracies by British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

“We commend Human Rights Watch and its director Kenneth Roth for doing the right thing, and finally removing this enemy of human rights from their important organization,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. Continue reading ‘Human Rights Watch Expels Top U.N. Official Richard Falk’

Human Rights Watch Should Remove Antisemitic U.N. Official Richard Falk from Its Board

The following letter was sent today to Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth.

Kenneth Roth
Executive Director
Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
United States of America

December 17, 2012

Dear Mr. Roth,

We are shocked to discover that Richard Falk—the U.N. official whose antisemitic remarks and 9/11 conspiracy theories have been condemned by British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay—is a board member of your organization.

By legitimizing this racist and enemy of human rights, your organization undermines its own founding principles. We urge you to remove him immediately.

According to your website, Mr. Falk is a member of Human Rights Watch’s prestigious Santa Barbara Committee, composed of prominent citizens who play a key role in your organization’s global work.

We find it astonishing that Mr. Falk would be rewarded by such an eminent position with Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s largest human rights organizations. Continue reading ‘Human Rights Watch Should Remove Antisemitic U.N. Official Richard Falk from Its Board’

U.N.’s Richard Falk justifies his 1979 “Trusting Khomeini” NYT op-ed

As the IAEA and the international community increasingly focus on the Iranian government’s menacing race for a nuclear bomb, a new article on the 1979 revolution by Richard Falk, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” reminds us once again how he was a key U.S. promoter of the fundamentalist regime’s establishment. And how he today remains completely unrepentant.

Days after Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in 1979, Falk reassured the world, in a New York Times op-ed titled “Trusting Khomeini,” that “the depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.”

Khomeini’s entourage, wrote Falk, had “a notable record of concern for human rights.” Indeed, the ayatollah’s “new model of popular revolution” offered the world “a desperately-needed model of humane governance for a third-world country.”

Falk’s long-winded pondering about his actions leading up to the revolution reaches the happy conclusion that he was completely justified all along:

I continue to believe that despite the dangers of visionary politics, it is the only hope we have as a species of creating a sustainable and just future for humanity.

Falk wants us to believe that his endorsement of Khomeini made complete sense because it was “authentic” and based on his “best understanding” at the time:

I am inclined to think that my response to what took place in Iran was authentic at its various phases, reflecting my best understanding of the unfolding circumstances, adjusting my evaluations phase by phase. I prefer such a view, even in retrospect, to indifference to the Shah’s oppressive regime, while realizing that drastic change, especially in a country endowed with abundant oil reserves, is almost certain to be a rocky road. Should I have been immediately more suspicious of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic dimensions of the revolution? Probably, but it was not clear at the time…

Not clear at the time? Not to Falk, perhaps. But to others, it was very clear. Shortly after Falk’s “Trusting Khomeini” op-ed, the Times’ own Anthony Lewis wrote a column entitled “Trusting Illusions.”

Falk’s assurances, said Lewis, were “outstandingly silly.” His analysis was “distorted,” he added. “No one should have expected Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini to to  be comfortable liberal — or stable.”

Folly carries a price, and legions of Iranian men and women—brutalized, tortured and raped by the Islamic Republic—continue to pay the price for what Richard Falk and others helped install.

As is his wont, Falk finds a way at the end of his 1979 memoir to insert a contemporary attack against Israel and the U.S., while completely ignoring Iran’s race for the nuclear bomb and — despite his being a U.N. expert — all of the UN Security Council resolutions and damning IAEA reports about Iran’s furtive, illegal and alarming activities, which now threaten the peace of the world.

For more on Richard Falk, click here.

U.N.’s Richard Falk accuses “the organized Jewish community” of crimes against Palestinians

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Richard Falk is now accusing “the organized Jewish community” of being “responsible for the massive and enduring confiscation of Palestinian land and rights.” This is only the latest of a series of Richard Falk outrages exposed by UN Watch. Below is the letter faxed today to President Obama and other world leaders and high U.N. officials demanding an immediate condemnation. Continue reading ‘U.N.’s Richard Falk accuses “the organized Jewish community” of crimes against Palestinians’

UN official Richard Falk posts profane poem about Alan Dershowitz

In response to Professor Alan Dershowitz’s New Republic critique,  Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of Israeli violations, has published a profane poem.  Screenshots below. Continue reading ‘UN official Richard Falk posts profane poem about Alan Dershowitz’

Letter of UN rights chief calling Richard Falk’s cartoon “anti-Semitic,” condemning hatred

Click here for UN Watch’s reply and press release.

Click here for PDF version

11 July 2011

Dear Mr. Neuer,

I write in response to your letter of 6 July 2011, concerning an anti-Semitic image posted on the personal website of Mr. Richard Falk. Continue reading ‘Letter of UN rights chief calling Richard Falk’s cartoon “anti-Semitic,” condemning hatred’

British Minister & MP call on PM Cameron to condemn UN’s Richard Falk

Rt Hon David Cameron – Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London, SW1A 2AA

                                                                                        13th July, 2011
Dear Prime Minister

We are writing to raise our concerns about a cartoon that was posted by a UN Human Rights Council expert and American academic, Richard Falk, in his personal blog on 29th June 2011. The cartoon depicts a dog with “USA” written on his body and wearing a skullcap, urinating on a depiction of justice while devouring the bloody bones of a skeleton. Continue reading ‘British Minister & MP call on PM Cameron to condemn UN’s Richard Falk’

Washington endorses UN Watch’s call to fire Richard Falk

Breaking News: The US Endorses UN Watch’s Call for Richard Falk to be Fired

UN Watch salutes the US government for echoing our call for Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s expert on Palestine, to be fired.  The US statement speaks of registering a protest with the UN. Only the 47-nation council can remove him, however, and the majority of that body has always embraced Falk. These 47 could have fired him in March, after Falk was castigated for his 9/11 conspiracies by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Instead, they reportedly renewed his mandate for another three years, without objection.  Besides, the council doesn’t meet until September.

So who can take real action here? Clearly not Mr. Ban. On the contrary, Falk has attack him with impunity, recently posting a blog about the “Shameless Secretary-General.” No one in the UN human rights system objected, not even the NGOs.

Only one person’s voice carries real weight here: UN rights chief Navi Pillay. The Geneva-centered UN human rights system reveres the High Commissioner as the Catholic Church does the Pope. If she reprimands Falk, the word will ripple throughout the system. He would be shamed within the diplomatic and human rights communities, and would eventually have to resign. Let’s hope the US registers this protest not with the UN in abstract, but with Ms. Pillay’s office in particular. In our Wednesday letter to Pillay we anticipated and refuted her office’s dodge that they don’t pass comment on the council’s experts. We cited contrary precedents from Pillay’s predecessor, Louise Arbour, among others. If her banner of anti-racism is more than just words, Pillay most certainly can — and should — speak out.

After Jewish dog cartoon, UN’s Richard Falk apologizes — to Jews, and animals

And now Richard Falk apologizes — to Jews and animals:

Apology for Unintentionally Posting Anti-Semitic Cartoon in Qaddafi Arrest Warrant Blog

 With apologies, I realize that the cartoon that originally appeared on my blog devoted to the arrest warrants for Qaddafi and two others issued by the ICC had strongly anti-semitic symbolism that I had not detected before it was pointed out to me. I posted the cartoon to express my view that double standards pertained to the American and ICC approach to international criminal accountability. As soon as I was made aware of the anti-semitic content of the cartoon I removed it from my blog, although initially I denied such a posting because I did not realize that it was anti-semitic and was mistaken as to what was being referred to. My intention has never been to demean in any way Jews as a people despite my strong criticisms of Israeli policies, and some versions of Zionist support. My interest and commitment has always been directed at finding a just and sustainable peace for both peoples, although I believe that this must be based on a belated recognition of Palestinian rights, and not on power relationships.

To be clear, I oppose any denigration of a people based on ethnicity, race, religion, stage of development, and believe in the human dignity of all people in their individual and collective identity. Beyond this, if we are to have a sustainable human future we must also make peace with nature, and treat animals with as much respect as possible. This is both a sacred imperative of my idea of a spiritual life, but also an integral aspect of species survival on an increasingly crowded, overheated, and endangered planet.

Returning to the cartoon, I regret my carelessness, and apologize for any unintended hurt and outrage caused thereby. At the same time, I am quite aware that many of the messages were motivated to discredit me due to my views of Israeli policies and behavior.

VIDEO: Chair of US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee slams Falk’s anti-Semitic cartoon

Speaking in US Congress just now, Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen endorses UN Watch’s demand for UN rights chief Navi Pillay to condemn Richard Falk’s anti-Semitic cartoon (from 4:37):

“We should demand that the United Nations stop its relentless activities to demonize Israel and the Jewish people, and put our money where our mouth is. The most recent example of this bias is a cartoon posted by Richard Falk, which was apparently taken down just minutes ago, and the UN Human Rights Council has appointed Mr. Falk as an ‘expert’ to investigate and condemn Israel.

“And I’m sure that the viewers can see, or they can look it up on the internet, what this cartoon depicts. It depicts Americans and Jews as bloodthirsty dogs. And that is not the first time that Mr. Falk has spread such venom. He has compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Holocaust and questioned the veracity of the 9/11 attacks. But he continues to work for the UN Human Rights Council, with over 20 percent of his expenses and staff paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

“And has the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ever condemned Falk and demanded that he resign his UN post? Never. To the contrary, her office has published an attack by Falk on his critics. And, I understand that he says now that his account was hacked into, and he has taken that drawing down, but I say enough is enough.”

“The Administrative should withdraw from the biased Human Rights Council, and Congress should withhold funding from the Council and other UN bodies that do not advance our national security interests, and condition U.S. contributions on real reforms.”

Timeline: Falk’s reaction

Reaction: UN’s Falk Denies, Then Deletes Anti-Semitic Cartoon

After UN Watch today exposed his publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon, the UN Human Rights Council’s Richard Falk first denied publishing the cartoon—and then deleted it. See his blog here.

For those wishing to see a screen-capture of the original post prior to its deletion by Falk, please click here. And as of the sending of this briefing, Mr. Falk has still not deleted the cartoon from his blog’s image database. Continue reading ‘Timeline: Falk’s reaction’

Before he deleted it: Richard Falk’s anti-Semitic cartoon

So after he denied posting the anti-Semitic cartoon, Richard Falk has deleted it.

To see what Falk’s original post looked like with the cartoon:

  • Click here for the Google cache. (This snapshot may not be registered forever.)
  • Click here for a screen capture.
  • Click here for the print-out as sent today to UN rights chief Navi Pillay (last page of the attachment)

UN’s Falk denies posting anti-Semitic cartoon, then deletes it

After UN Watch’s protest was published, Richard Falk denied ever posting the anti-Semitic cartoon:

It is a complete lie. I know nothing about such a cartoon, and would never publish such a thing, ever.

Then he promptly deleted it and issued a non-apology apology. See the ridiculous exchange captured below, or on his blog. Continue reading ‘UN’s Falk denies posting anti-Semitic cartoon, then deletes it’

Hillel Neuer slams Richard Falk in UN debate for “9/11 inside job” remarks

UN Watch Statement
Delivered by Mr. Hillel Neuer, March 21, 2011
UN Human Rights Council, 16th Session
Agenda Item 7:  “Human rights situation in Palestine
and other occupied Arab territories”
Interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur Richard Falk

Mr. Falk,  why does your report fail to address the terrorism perpetrated by Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations?  The only reference to Hamas is in paragraph 18, where its members are described as victims. 

We note that on March 9, 2010, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an quoted you as saying that the Palestinian Authority formally asked you to resign, citing the fact, as you put it, “that I’m a partisan of Hamas.”

We are concerned that your justifications for Hamas are integrally related to a broader pattern and practice in your work when it comes to terrorism, conflicting with the applicable Code of Conduct. Continue reading ‘Hillel Neuer slams Richard Falk in UN debate for “9/11 inside job” remarks’

Richard Falk endorses 9/11 “inside job” theory, interviewed in his official UN capacity

HOST: Hi, this is Dr. Kevin Barrett of Truth Jihad.Com. You may know me as the host of a certain controversial radio show, namely “The Kevin Barrett Show,” heard every Tuesday right here on No Lies Radio. No Lies Radio offers fearless and honest coverage of the 9/11 truth movement, and is a rapidly growing source of alternative news and information. Please help us continue to grow. You can support No Lies Radio, and my show, both by ordering either or both of my books as a thank-you gift with your donation, to No Lies Radio. These books, “Questioning the War on Terror,” and “Truth Jihad,” are collector’s editions that are personally autographed by yours truly. I urge you to go to the donate page at No Lies Radio.org, and make this happen. [musical interlude]

 Welcome, this is the Kevin Barrett Show; I’m your host, Kevin Barrett. My website is Truth Jihad.com. Every week here, I try to bring you the most important voices that aren’t being heard as widely as they should. And that certainly applies to today’s guest. One of the most illustrious people I’ve ever had as a repeat radio guest on this show, Richard Falk. Continue reading ‘Richard Falk endorses 9/11 “inside job” theory, interviewed in his official UN capacity’

UN Watch Refutes 9/11 Denier Richard Falk

See it all here.

Condemned by UN Chief, Richard Falk Lashes Out at UN Watch

From: Press Info <press-info@ohchr.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Subject: NEWS RELEASE – Statement by Richard Falk, on recent personal attacks
To: OHCHR-Geneva@ohchr.org, OHCHR-New York Office <OHCHR-New_York_Office@ohchr.org>, Field Presences <Field_Presences@ohchr.org>, Special Procedures Mandate Holders <Special_Procedures_Mandate_Holders@ohchr.org>

NEWS RELEASE

28 January 2011
Statement by Richard Falk, on recent personal attacks

GENEVA – UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Mr. Richard Falk, on Friday flatly denied recent allegations by a lobby group that “he had endorsed the conspiracy theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. Government and not Al Qaeda terrorists,” and expressed surprise and regret at the ensuing strong personal attacks made on his integrity.

“The pro-Israel group, UN Watch, that created this mess deliberately distorted comments I made, in my personal capacity, on my blog,” Falk said. “Not only that, they then deliberately connected it to my UN mandate on the Palestinian territories, and on that basis started calling for me to be fired from that position.”

“I wish to be absolutely clear,” Falk added. “I do not endorse the theory that the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. What I did do, in my personal blog, in which I was discussing the differing perceptions that develop after political assassinations and deeply tragic events, including  the murder of Olaf Palme, the 9/11 attacks and the recent killings in Arizona, was argue that investigations must be, and must be seen to be, transparent, exhaustive and honest.”

Falk expressed his dismay that he had been accused of disrespect towards the memory of 9/11 and its victims and their families. “This was not my intention at all,” he said. “What I stressed is the importance of carefully examining evidence before drawing conclusions about political and legal responsibility for highly tragic events, in particular those that have grave consequences for human rights.”

“I am an academic. I believe in freedom of expression, and the freedom to openly debate even the most difficult issues. I have always been proud that the United States and the United Nations have been among the strongest advocates of freedom of expression,” Falk said. “I am therefore deeply disappointed and surprised by the calculated attack on myself as a person, and on my ability to act as a voice that is not afraid to speak up on the rights of Palestinians, in accordance with the mandate invested in me by the Human Rights Council.  The constant muzzling of serious and honest debate on the Palestinian issue in the United States and elsewhere has contributed immensely to the failure to resolve the tragic crisis there for more than half a century, to the detriment of us all.”

END

In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council designated Richard Falk (United States of America) as the fifth Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. The mandate was originally established in 1993 by the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Learn more about the mandate and work of the Special Rapporteur: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/countries/ps/mandate/index.htm

OHCHR Country Page – Occupied Palestinian Territories: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/MENARegion/Pages/PSIndex.aspx

OHCHR Country Page – Israel: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/MENARegion/Pages/ILIndex.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact Nikki Siahpoush (Tel.: + 41 22 928 9430 / email: nsiahpoush@ohchr.org) or write to sropt@ohchr.org.

NGO Says Richard Falk Has “Zero Credibility,” Urges UN Chief to Fire Him

UN Chief “Condemns” UN Palestine Expert for
“Preposterous” Denial of 9/11 Terror Attacks

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2011 – On the eve of a U.S. Congressional hearing into the U.N. Human Rights Council, the controversial body’s Palestine expert, Richard Falk, was “condemned” today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his “preposterous” comments questioning whether the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. government. Mr. Ban said Falk’s remarks were “an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in the attack.” Continue reading ‘NGO Says Richard Falk Has “Zero Credibility,” Urges UN Chief to Fire Him’

UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer Grills U.N. Palestine Expert Richard Falk, After He Calls for World Boyocott of Israel

UN Watch Intervention
Interactive Dialogue with Richard falk, UN Expert on Palestinian Territories
Delivered by Hillel Neuer, 14 June 2010 Continue reading ‘UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer Grills U.N. Palestine Expert Richard Falk, After He Calls for World Boyocott of Israel’

The UN siding with Hamas over PLO; why Abbas is trying to fire UN expert Richard Falk

Richard Falk is scheduled to present his latest report tomorrow morning to the UN Human Rights Council.  Why was his overdue report delayed several times, about which we first reported in February?

Because of the Palestinian Authority’s newly acquired hostility to the person they themselves nominated to be the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of alleged Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories.

According to Palestinian reports, the PA hates Falk, and is trying to get him fired, because he has sided with Hamas and insulted Abbas and his UN envoys. Specific PA objections to earlier drafts of the report were due to Falk’s recognition of Hamas as the legitimate ruler in Gaza. For more on the controversy, see the report by Marian Houk quoting an inside UN source. Continue reading ‘The UN siding with Hamas over PLO; why Abbas is trying to fire UN expert Richard Falk’

UN Watch Calls on UN to Remove Richard Falk for Breaching Mandate

Geneva, December 31, 2009 – UN Watch, the Geneva-based watchdog organization, today called on UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to remove Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of alleged Israeli violations, for breaching his mandate when he called this week for world sanctions against Israel and compared Israelis to Nazis. The full letter follows below. Continue reading ‘UN Watch Calls on UN to Remove Richard Falk for Breaching Mandate’

EU: Richard Falk’s UNHRC mandate is biased and should be changed

Speaking today in an interactive dialogue with Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, the European Union said that the Council should soon take action to remedy the bias of his mandate:

While the report attempts to draw a legal analysis of conduct of all parties to the conflict, we wish to ask the Special Rapporteur, whether his mandate, as currently defined, allows him to look into the situation from all angles and present a full picture thereof? We wish to note in this regard that the mandate on the Occupied Palestinian Territories is the only special procedure which has not yet been subject to the review and rationalisation exercise by the Human Rights Council and we hope that it will be possible to complete this process soon. Thank you.

 The U.S. also criticized the HRC mandate and Falk’s “biased and inappropriate” charges against Israel.

UN Palestine Investigator Richard Falk Lauds Own Campaign

Geneva, Aug. 25, 2008 — The UN Human Right Council’s expert on Palestine today praised a boat trip to Gaza by pro-Palestinian campaigners (see UN statement below), without revealing his own affiliation to the group. “Regrettably, this is the kind of questionable conduct that we have come to expect from Richard Falk, a UN official who repeatedly expresses support for the conspiracy theory that the U.S. was behind the terrorist attacks of 9/11,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, an independent Geneva-based monitoring group. 

A June 26 report by the Palestine News Network reported that Falk was initially planning to be a participant on the boat to Gaza, revealing his close ties to the protesters and their campaign. Falk’s statement today called Israel “Tel Aviv,” a designation commonly used by countries that do not recognize the Jewish state.

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UN OHCHR Press Release

                                                                       25 August 2008

UN rights expert welcomes landing of relief vessels in Gaza

        Geneva:  The landing of two wooden boats carrying 46 human
rights activists in Gaza this past weekend is an important symbolic
victory said Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of
Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories. This non-violent
initiative of the Free Gaza Movement focused attention around the
world on the stark reality that the 1.5 million residents of Gaza have
endured a punitive siege for more than a year. This siege is a form of
collective punishment that constitutes a massive violation of Article
33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

         The siege, the coastal blockade, and the overflights by
Israeli aircraft all bear witness to the fact that despite Israel’s
claimed ‘disengagement’ in 2005, these realities on the ground
establish that Gaza remains under Israeli occupation, and as a result
Israel remains legally responsible for protecting the human rights of
its civilian population.  By severely restricting the entry of food,
fuel, and medicine the economic and social rights of the people of
Gaza have been systematically violated. There is widespread deafness
among the people of Gaza that is blamed on the frequent sonic booms
produced by overflying Israeli military aircraft. For this reason the
peace boats brought 200 hearing aids to Gaza added Falk.

        I strongly urge the international community to take action to
uphold human rights in the Gaza Strip. As with other humanitarian
catastrophes in the world, here is a situation where the
‘responsibility to protect’ norm endorsed by the Security Council
seems applicable, but has been ignored despite the overwhelming
evidence of deteriorating mental and physical health in Gaza that has
reached crisis proportions. With a cease-fire in effect since June 19,
perhaps the willingness of Israel to allow these boats to land without
interference signals a subtle change of approach by Tel Aviv that
includes a show of greater respect for international humanitarian law
and for the standards of international human rights.

        Falk also called on the government of Israel to grant exit
permits to several Palestinian winners of a Fulbright Scholarship to
study in the United States who might be taken back to Cyprus on the
return voyage of the peace boats. If they are permitted by Israel to
reach their destination without interference this will be a further
sign of progress. Above all, what is being tested is whether the
imaginative engagement of dedicated private citizens can influence the
struggle of a beleaguered people for basic human rights, and whether
their courage and commitment can awaken the conscience of humanity to
an unfolding tragedy.

Schabas: I didn’t know non-disclosure of conflict of interest was wrong, no one asked

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In his resignation letter, Schabas defends his failure to disclose his paid legal work for the PLO by saying, “I was not requested to provide any details on any of my past statements and other activities concerning Palestine and Israel.”

Well, when he applied last year for a related post, to replace Richard Falk as the UNHRC’s Palestine investigator, Schabas was asked about conflicts of interest. And he denied everything.

 

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UN Elevates Syria: Business as Usual

Testimony before the UN Human Rights Council, delivered by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, 18 June 2014, during the Interactive Dialogue with the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on Syria. 

Mr. President, what the Commission of Inquiry has just described is a living hell. Faced with continuing reports of Syria’s mass murder, torture, rape, and gassing of civilians by chemical weapons, how is the United Nations responding?

With notable exceptions, this inquiry being one, the UN’s policy toward Syria can be described in three words: business as usual.

Consider the following. In November 2011, well into Syria’s atrocities, UNESCO elected the Syrian regime—unanimously—to its human rights committee.

I ask the commission: what message did the UN send, when—up until only a few  months ago—it allowed the Assad regime to sit as a judge of petitions submitted by human rights victims from around the world?

But Mr. President, it didn’t stop there. On February 20th of this year, as Syria’s Juhayna news trumpeted with glee, that country, that mass murdering regime, was “unanimously re-elected as Rapporteur of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization.”

In fact, as we meet, that committee—with Syria as its Rapporteur—is in session this week in New York, debating the future of Gibraltar, the Falklands, Bermuda, French Polynesia and New Caledonia. Continue reading ‘UN Elevates Syria: Business as Usual’

UN nominee mocks Canadian Prime Minister

For reasons that are unclear, and despite UN Watch’s online petition, no country has opposed the planned appointment next week of Hilal Elver — wife, co-author and close collaborator of 9/11 Truther Richard Falk — as a top U.N. human rights investigator.

As we documented here, Elver is as dangerous as Falk. She spouts virulent anti-Western and anti-Israel invective, and celebrates the works of 9/11 Truther David Ray Griffin.

During a recent lecture of hers in Hamilton, Ontario, about the perils of Islamophobia, Elver mocks Canada’s Prime Minister:

 

My talk, I will start first about Canada. Which I don’t have a very deep knowledge about Canada. I came here in just about one semester in Montreal to understand and compare to Canadian system how to deal with their Islam, and what is the difference between United States and Canada. That’s why I’m not very knowledgeable.

But what happened, your Prime Minister gave me a very good entry…

But the same prime minister, as we talked before, on September, came to the TV in CBS program and he talked about the Islamicism. We were talking about in dinner, is there a such English word about the Islamicism? I don’’t know, because I’’m not a native speaker, but it’’s an interesting kind of comparison I can make with Harper and the former President Bush, because he always says that kind of words and people think about is that really English or not?

Recently, there’’s a joke in the United States that Canada is the only country still run by George W. Bush. They always say that. There is a strong connection between your prime minister and the former president of the U.S.

He only did not talk about this very severe way of separating Muslims from the regular Canadian, he also confirmed that his plans to reinstate former security measures in an attempt to counter homegrown terrorism.

The first measure was preventive arrest, would grant police the right to arrest and detain suspects for three days without warrant or charge.

Second measure, if approved, would permit judge to force witnesses into secret testimonials, threatening them with jail time if they refuse. He says, we think these measures are necessary. They are going to be useful. They are not applied rarely but there are times they are needed, he claimed. But, according to human rights lawyers, the evidence does not show that it’’s a serious risk in Canada, and these measures that the government has used to fight terrorism in the last ten years has never been used against any particular threat.

Why he wants to bring again the same old law that they never been used? This shows that Canada is under serious influence on the United States, time to time, not always.

 

Rare: UN High Commissioner details abuses of PA & Hamas against Palestinians

When it comes to UN reporting on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it is usually the case that Israel is mostly criticized, with a brief reference in the end calling for Hamas to stop firing missiles and rockets against Israeli civilians. However, a recent report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, apart from listing Israel’s alleged violations, it dealt in great detail on the serious human rights violations of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority against their own people, regular Palestinian civilians. Some of the main findings are provided below.

This report also reveals the great protection gap that exists in the UN system with regards to the rights of the Palestinian people, as the so-called Special Rapporteur on Palestine only looks at Israel’s actions and has no mandate to examine violations committed by the PA or Hamas.

One of the dubious parts of the report however was quoting former Special Rapporteur on violence against women Yakin Erturk, who, in 2005, bizarrely blamed Israelis for the  fact that Palestinians maltreat their wives. Scapegoating is an old sport and playing the blame game only finds excuses for abusers not to take action.

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