UN Watch Sparks Rare Swedish Debate on U.N.'s Rights Record, Role of Tyrants
UN Watch Sparks Rare Swedish Debate on U.N.‘s Rights Record, Role of Tyrants
“‘U.N. officials often argue that it’s important to involve rogue states in dialogue,’ said UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer. ‘In reality, tyrants were never improved by membership on the old Human Rights Commission. Instead they use the council—like the old commission—to shield their abuses.’” Dictators’ Paradise, Neo, October 2010.
The real omslag nr 5 – 2010Sweden’s Neo magazine devoted a cover article to UN Watch’s recent clash with Libya at the U.N. Human Rights Council. The essay prompted an unprecedented public debate in Sweden on the U.N.‘s actual record on protecting human rights, and on the pernicious role played by dictatorships. This led to editorials in the Swedish press citing UN Watch and its victim testimonies. Sydsvenskan called the Human Rights Council a “Playhouse for dictatorships.” An op-ed in Svenska Dagbladet said that “the U.N. Human Rights Council has become another arena in which dictators express their political interests dressed in fancy words on human rights. Keep that in mind the next time you hear of a resolution or a condemnation from the UN Human Rights Council.” A leading Swedish Radio program featured a debate — opening with UN Watch’s testimony delivered by Libyan torture victim Kristiyana Valcheva — with Neo editor Paulina Neuding and Jan Eliasson, the former Swedish foreign minister who oversaw the 2006 creation of the council. Outside of Sweden, UN Watch’s campaign to expel Col. Qaddafi from the U.N. Human Rights Council was reported by Swiss news agency SDA, German news agency DPA, and Canada’s National Post.
UN Watch Leads Opposition to U.N.‘s ‘Durban 3’ Celebration in New York
“Any celebration of the U.N.’s notorious 2001 Durban conference, the iconic symbol of globalized anti-Western and anti-Israel hatred, is nothing but a political provocation designed by barbarous regimes to project their own atrocities onto the world’s democracies,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based UN Watch…” — U.S. opposes plan for UN to hold Durban III next year, Nov. 19, 2010.
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