Friday, 7 May 2010

Israel Matzav: UN Watch fighting to keep Libya off 'Human Rights Council'

UN Watch fighting to keep Libya off 'Human Rights Council'

UN Watch has launched a campaign to prevent Libya from being seated on the United Nations 'Human Rights Council.' A bid to seat Iran failed recently.

Pro-democracy group UN Watch launched a worldwide campaign to block Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi from winning a seat in next week's elections to the UN Human Rights Council, with a mass email petition, a YouTube video appeal, and the presentation this week of Libyan victim testimony at a special briefing for diplomats and reporters at UN Headquarters, co-organized by UN Watch and Freedom House.

The two human rights groups also presented a new report rating the qualifications of Libya and the other 13 country candidates.

The event was attended by journalists from Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Radio Free Europe, and other major media organizations, and has already led to a dedicated editorial in today's New York Daily News.


“Freedom House and UN Watch urge all UN General Assembly members not to write in the name of Libya or other unqualified states when filling out the four African slots on their secret ballot,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch. “They should instead write in the names of African countries with far greater qualifications.”

According to the report, of the 14 candidates announced to date, only 5 are considered to be “qualified” to serve on the Council, including Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Guatemala and Maldives. Additionally, 4 candidates are identified as having “questionable” records, including Moldova, Ecuador, Uganda and Thailand.

It would actually be fitting for Libya to be part of the 'Human Rights Council.' They fit right in with the thug regimes that are there. The problem is that the 'Human Rights Council' actually has some real power.

I guess the Obama administration's joining it has had a lot of effect, hasn't it?

Israel Matzav: UN Watch fighting to keep Libya off 'Human Rights Council'

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