Category Archives: UN

Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN

The United Nations panels lovingly practice hypocrisy all the time. In 2016, a UN debate revolved around the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which voted to blame Israel for Palestinian domestic violence. This year’s show was hardly different in the content of nonsense. The executive director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, asked Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, at a session on June 12: “Ms. Simonovic, in other words, what you are saying is as follows: ‘When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault.'”

At first glance it sounds like dark humor, but it is not. Not just one but two reports presented before the UNHRC by Simonovic argue that Israel is to blame for Palestinian violence against women, through “a clear linkage between the prolonged occupation and violence”.

Where, Neuer asked Simonovic, is the data? There is data, but not the kind that Simonovic would prefer to believe exists.

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U.N.’s North Korea sanctions monitors hit by ‘sustained’ cyber attack

United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a “sustained” cyber attack by unknown hackers with “very detailed insight” into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters on Monday.

And in related news…

Symantec says ‘highly likely’ North Korean hacking group behind ransomware attacks

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UN Bonn Climate Conference Demands $300 Billion per Year to Alleviate the Tedium

The UNFCCC Bonn Climate Conference, due to end in a few days, has accepted a report which demands an additional $300 billion per year on top of the $100 billion already promised by the world’s governments. The cash is to be disbursed via existing green groups, because it is “so tedious” to set up a new UN bureaucracy to spend your money.

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North Korea Begs For Other Countries Not to Enforce Sanctions

China will definitely help:

North Korea made a global appeal in a letter released on Friday for states to reconsider enforcing U.N. sanctions on the Asian nation as Washington seeks to step up pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The United Nations Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

In the letter to 192 U.N. members and two observer states – dated Thursday – North Korea urged them to “reconsider any of their implementation activities until the legality of those ‘sanctions resolutions’ are to be clarified.”

North Korea has repeatedly requested that an international forum of legal experts be established by the United Nations to clarify the legal basis for the U.N. sanctions.

 

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UN human rights chief watching US under Trump ‘very closely’

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein warned last year that Mr Trump’s election could be dangerous for the world.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva on Monday, Mr Zeid said he had noticed a “change in some of the rhetoric” since Mr Trump assumed office, and expressed hope that the American leader’s worrisome campaign trail rhetoric on issues like torture would “dissipate”.

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Or One Could Simply Withdraw From the UN

Liberals who value the U.N. as an institution must acknowledge this for what it is: a cynical takeover of a human rights institution by some of the world’s most despotic states, which seek to sit in judgment over their betters. The issue that underlies all of the HRC’s troubling votes is who is allowed to sit on the HRC at all. Beneath that issue, in turn, must be the establishment of basic standards for membership. After all, the despot’s favorite strategy against his critics is moral equivalence — to obliterate the meaning of human rights standards by equating every sin with every other sin. If all sins are equal, and if all states commit sins, then China and Saudi Arabia are qualified to fill the HRC’s agenda with resolutions condemning Switzerland for conditions in its immigration detention centers, or Israel for walling out bus bombers. Then, the HRC becomes a parody of itself. Such an institution is not only not worth having, it’s worse than nothing. When we reach that point, it’s time for some careful tending and hard bargaining, including threats to withdraw. …

 

The UN has benefited both China and Russia, the same countries that helped divide Korea into two countries and who enable it. It also is unfairly punitive of Israel.

Withdrawing from the UN wouldn’t re-legitimise the UN Human Rights Council. It would be putting an end to a farce and a sin.

 

(Kamsahamnida)

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Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children

  • The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,” which means the annihilation of Israel. The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East.
  • Along with Hamas, Abbas and his PA plan to continue inculcating Palestinian children with the idea that they should look to terrorists who kill Jews as their role models. It might be illuminating if the conversation between Trump and Abbas were to be informed by these uncomfortable facts.
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UN Human Rights Chief: ‘Legal Obligation to Stop Hate Speech’

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein declared last week that the nations of the world “have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes.” This comes just as Muslim countries are planning to demand that the UN explore “legal options” to stamp out “blasphemy” on social media.

And so the jihad against the freedom of speech is looking to heat up considerably in the near future.

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Hungary Claims ‘Under Siege’ by migrants, train 3000 New Border Patrol Agents

Hungary’s parliament has passed a law allowing the detention of all asylum seekers in border camps and the summary deportation of any illegal migrants back to the country from which they came.

The U.N. refugee agency and several human rights groups, say the policy violates international and European Union laws, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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