Human rights Council

New Heights Of Absurdity At The UN

08/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

For many years, the people of Israel have known that there is something rotten at the United Nations. Established in the aftermath of World War II with the aim of preserving international peace and security and upholding human rights, the world organization has instead become a politically slanted institution that has demonstrably failed to fulfill its mandate.

Gilad Erdan

Goldstone Committee Members Stand By Report

04/14/2011

(JTA) -- Three members of the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza war say they stand by the report and that calls to retract it disregard the rights of the victims.

The three international law experts on Thursday published a statement in the British newspaper the Guardian saying :Aspersions cast on the findings of the report, cannot be left unchallenged."

U.N. Human Rights Council: Goldstone Report Stands

04/05/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The United Nations Human Rights Council said it will continue to use the Goldstone Report as written, despite its author's retraction of a key finding.

Council spokesman Cedric Sapey told the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot on Monday that the Op-Ed written by Richard Goldstone appearing in The Washington Post of April 2 was his personal opinion and not that of the rest of the committee.

Goldstone recants - what's the best strategy for Israel now?

 I'm trying to figure out exactly what it means that Richard Goldstone, the international jurist who presided over a UN report on the Gaza war that Israel and its friends considered outrageously biased, has repudiated its central findings.

There's little doubt that's good news to the Jewish groups here that made Goldstone a new poster boy for UN hostility to the Jewish state. Clearly it hurts the credibility of pro-peace process groups -  including J Street -  that came to Goldstone's defense after the report was released.

Goldstone: I Was Wrong on Israel's Gaza Intentions

04/03/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel did not intentionally target civilians as a policy during the Gaza War, Richard Goldstone said, withdrawing a critical allegation in his report.

U.S. ‘Determined’ to Address Anti-Israel Bias at U.N. Human Rights Council

03/30/2011

 
March 30, 2011
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration said it remains determined to end anti-Israel bias at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The State Department on Wednesday released a fact sheet outlining its accomplishments since rejoining the UNHRC in 2009.

At the time, pro-Israel groups and conservatives criticized the reversal of Bush administration policy of boycotting the council, saying it validated the council's almost near-exclusive focus on Israel.

UN Human Rights Council Draws Jewish Praise for Iran Position

03/25/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council drew rare praise from Jewish groups for creating a position for a special rapporteur on Iran.

Ros-Lehtinen Cites Anti-Israel Bias in Calling For U.N. Funding Reform

01/27/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) cited anti-Israel rhetoric in proposing legislation conditioning U.N. funding on reform.

Human Rights Day 2010: A Day to Lament

12/08/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The international community on December 10 marks International Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Conventions. Unfortunately, there is more to lament than celebrate. Although numerous institutions and organizations were established to protect and advance these rights, the international community fails to live up to its moral commitments.

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