Monday, August 27, 2007

The lunatics have taken over the asylum

Day 1 at Durban II: Islamic Group Quotes UN Watch, Complains of 'Smear Campaign'
The UN's Durban Review Conference opened today with Libya elected chair by acclamation. Iran and Cuba were among the 19 elected as vice-chairs. The Organization of the Islamic Conference, in a plenary address delivered by Pakistan, complained of a "smear campaign" against the conference, and quoted criticism from a Boston Globe op-ed by UN Watch's executive director. [more]
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Election of Libya and Iran Taints New UN Racism Committee
unwatch.org
"It defies common sense and morality to put countries with dreadful records on racism in charge of a world committee to combat racism"
Islamic states introduce new accusations against the West for "religious defamation."
Geneva
August 27, 2007
Libya was elected today to head a UN committee charged with organizing a series of international meetings on racism, leading up to a major world conference in 2009, while Iran was chosen to be on its 20-member governing bureau. "Choosing Libya and Iran to fight racism is like choosing Jack the Ripper to fight sexual harassment," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights monitoring organization. "Their election is a painful defeat for all who believe in the anti-discrimination agenda, and a setback for the international human rights movement as a whole. It sends the wrong message and should ring alarm bells."
The "Durban Review" process is the follow-up to the 2001 conference in South Africa that turned into a diplomatic fiasco, with the U.S. walking out.
"Moammar Khadafy's Libya is the same regime that gave its highest award in 2002 to convicted French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, that routinely brutalizes black African migrants, and that tortures Bulgarian and Palestinian medics for the crime of being foreigners," said Neuer. "It defies common sense and morality to put countries with dreadful records on racism in charge of a world committee to combat racism," said Neuer. "Libya’s long record of racism, intolerance and xenophobia clearly does not merit such a reward."
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