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Joint NGO letter sent to 192 UN missions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, High Commissioner Louise Arbour, and General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim

To view the original letters, click here.

 



Dear Excellency,
 
Concerning next week's General Assembly debate and proposed resolution on the Human Rights Council, on behalf of the 27 undersigned non-governmental organizations, we urge you to support amendment of the proposed text as follows, with our additions in bold.
 
Joint NGO Proposal: General Assembly Resolution on the Human Rights Council
 
The General Assembly,

Taking note of Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007,
 
     1.      Welcomes the text entitled 'United Nations Human Rights Council: Institution-Building', as contained in the annex to the present resolution, including its appendices, subject to the following amendments:

a)       The mandate of the independent expert to investigate the human rights situation in Cuba shall not be eliminated, and is hereby renewed;
 

b)       The mandate of the independent expert to investigate the human rights situation in Belarus shall not be eliminated, and is hereby renewed;

c)       Section 117(d) of the resolution, purporting to impose restrictions on the effective introduction of country resolutions, is hereby repealed; and
 

d)       Item 7 of the Agenda and Programme of Work, purporting to institutionalize the permanent indictment of Israel as a special agenda item, and which has been criticized by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human rights Louise Arbour, is hereby repealed.

     2.         Expresses its grave concern that on 19 June 2007, Canada, a Council member, was denied its right to vote on the resolution, and that the resolution was never put to the plenary for action, and calls on the Council in future sessions to fully respect the rules and procedures of the General Assembly.

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Hillel Neuer
Executive Director
UN Watch
Switzerland
 
Jennifer Windsor
Executive Director
Freedom House
U.S.A.
 
John Suarez
Directorio Democratico Cubano

Gibreil Hamid
President
Darfur Peace and Development Centre
Switzerland

Malka Claire Marcovich
President
Mouvement pour l'Abolition de la Prostitution et de la Pornographie
et de toutes formes de violences sexuelles et discriminations sexistes (MAPP)
France
 
Abdul Wahab Khan
Chairman
Environmental Protection Society (EPS)
Pakistan

Angela C. Wu
International Director
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
U.S.A.

Paul Usi Elomien
Secretary- General
Community Social Welfare Foundation
Nigeria
 
Tom Johannesen
Secretary General
International Federation of Social Workers
Switzerland
 
Roy W. Brown
International Representative
International Humanist and Ethical Union
Switzerland

François Ullmann
President
Ingenieurs du Monde
Switzerland
 
Jonathan Gallagher
Deputy Secretary General
International Religious Liberty Association
U.S.A.

Ana Maria Stame Cervone
Main Representative
Centrist Democratic International
Italy
 
Yolanda L. Jackson
International Liaison
Women's Sports Foundation
U.S.A.

Dr. Harris O. Schoenberg
President
UN Reform Advocates
U.S.A.

Klaus Netter
Geneva Representative
B'nai B'rith International
 
Claude Mostowik
Convenor
Pax Christi Australia
Australia
 
Rosario Monfort
Project Director
Women's Board - ECS
Nigeria
 
Mrs. Babette Francis
National & Overseas Coordinator
Endeavour Forum
Australia

Leah Aharonov
President
International Council of Jewish Women
Israel

Virginia Swain
ECOSOC Representative
Association of World Citizens
U.S.A.
 
Rama Enav
Representative to the UN in Geneva
WIZO

Charmian Common
Geneva Representative
Universal Esperanto Association
France
 
Daniel Lack
Geneva Representative
International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
 
Massimiliano Bettini
International Relations Executive
Vides International
Italy

R. François Garaï
Main Representative
World Union for Progressive Judaism
Switzerland
 
Esohe Aghatise
Asociazione Iroko Onlus
Italy

Bart Woord
Secretary General
International Federation of Liberal Youth
Netherlands/United Kingdom





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