Thursday, March 29, 2007
30-Mar-07: International Human Rights, Wrongs and Inanities
UN Watch is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Geneva that monitors the dismal performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own charter. Established in 1993, UN Watch participates as an accredited NGO with special consultative status in several of the UN's forums.
"UN Watch is keenly aware (says its website) that member states often ask the UN to fulfill mandates and tasks that are neither feasible nor within the means provided... UN Watch notes that the disproportionate attention and unfair treatment applied by the UN toward Israel over the years offers an object lesson (though not the only one) in how due process, equal treatment, and other fundamental principles of the UN Charter are often ignored or selectively upheld."
UN Watch has just released a compelling piece of video. In the inimitable words of LGF, it exemplifies "the kinds of disgusting, evil speeches that are NOT banned by the UN Human Rights Council—including support for the execution of homosexuals, support for terrorist groups, Holocaust denial, and the inevitable demonization of Israel (to a frightening degree)."
Personally meeting with one of the key people in the UN Commission on Human Rights and spending an hour in one-on-one discussion with him was a depressing and educational experience, so we were somewhat forewarned. You might prefer to withhold the popcorn when watching this video. It's nauseating - but very informative, and the sanctimonious words of outrage of UN Human Rights council president Luis Alfonso De Alba are a real hoot.