The return of the Ad Hoc

On July 22, 2013, a two-week session of the controversial Ad Hoc Committee on the Collaboration of Complementary Standards commenced. The Committee, set up in accordance with Paragraph 199 of the Durban Declaration, has as its goal to identify protection gaps in the fight against racism, especially within the …

UN hosts seminar against defamation – but downplays state-orchestrated violence

During a recent meeting at the UN, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay seemed to downplay the responsibility of governments in instigating violent protests, while Pakistan tried to dilute the meaning of antisemitism. On Thursday, February 21, 2013, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human …

NGO Calls on UN to Stop Circulating ‘Israeli Organ Blood Libel’

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch Calls on UN Rights Chief to Stop Distributing ‘Racist’ Statement by Pro-Palestinian Group Before Vote on Goldstone Report Geneva, March 24, 2010 — UN Watch, the Geneva-based watchdog organization, today called on the president of the UN Human Rights Council and the High …

Issue 209: U.N. Discrimination Investigator Focuses on Canada, Ignores China, Sudan, Iran

News:  Ms. Gay McDougall, the U.N.’s chief monitor of discrimination against minority groups, and a leading defender of the 2001 Durban conference, just wrapped up a 10-day investigation of Canada by accusing it of failures and “significant and persistent problems.” She has never …

Durban Ad Hoc Committee: Day 4 Morning

The protection of states’ rights became the central issue of this morning’s Durban follow-up meeting. Arab and African states are pushing to restrict freedom of expression by criminalizing “Islamophobia,” and “defamation of religion” (which has now been stricken from the …