World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Syria Trumpets UN Election to Senior Post


MEDIA RELEASE

Syria Trumpets UN Election to Senior Post

Ban Ki-moon was silent at meeting that named Assad
Rapporteur of Decolonization Committee

Contact: media1@unwatch.org

GENEVA, Feb. 26 – UN Watch today called on Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador Susan Rice and EU representatives to condemn the world body's "revolting and absurd" decision to unanimously re-elect the Assad regime to a senior post on a decolonization committee charged with upholding fundamental human rights in opposing the "subjugation, domination and exploitation" of peoples -- a propaganda victory now being trumpeted by Syria's state-funded SANA news agency.

"It is incomprehensible for the UN to say that Syria has killed at least 70,000 of its own people and to then hand this gift of false legitimacy to the mass murderer Bashar al-Assad," said Hillel Neuer, director of the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch.

"The UN is helping the Assad regime portray itself a U.N. human rights arbiter. That's indefensible, and an insult to Syria's victims," said Neuer.

"Morally, Mr. Ban should absolutely have condemned this immoral decision when he was at the meeting. But it's better late than never."

The committee is mandated to implement the UN's 1961 Declaration on the Granting of Independence of Colonial Countries and Peoples.

In November 2011, the UN also unanimously elected Syria to two UNESCO human rights committees. The Assad regime remains a full member "and no one at UNESCO seems to care the slighest bit," said Neuer.

UN Watch heads a campaign of 55 parliamentarians, human rights and religious groups calling for Syria's expulsion.

"It's time for the UN to stop legitimizing a government that mercilessly murders its own people," said Neuer.

On Thursday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon addressed the UN's Special Committee on Decolonization, yet said nothing while it elected Syria as Rapporteur of the committee that famously saw Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner square off against Falkland Islanders in a June 2012 debate over the disputed territory.

www.unwatch.org

UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization founded in 1993 to monitor UN compliance with the principles of its Charter. It is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ban Condemns Killing Of Former Lesotho Military Commander

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru. More>>

Ban Welcomes US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida More>>

UN Agency Welcomes EU Measures On Refugee Arrivals

Afghan refugees in front of the abandoned hotel Captain Elias on Kos Island, Greece, where hundreds of refugees and migrants are waiting for their registration. Photo: UNHCR/J. Akkash More>>

Increase In Voluntary Blood Donors Can Save Millions Of Lives

Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day More>>

Kenya: Funding Shortage Means Food Cut To 500,000 Refugees

Funding shortage forces UN agency to temporarily cut food aid to 500,000 refugees in Kenya More>>

UN Launches Education Appeal In Fight Against Child Labour

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment ... More>>

Pope Francis & UN Agency On Sustainability Of Agriculture

Pope Francis (centre) with delegates to the 39th FAO Conference during a special audience at the Vatican. Photo: FAO More>>

South Sudan: Call For De-Escalation Of In-Country Conflict

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich More>>

Burundi: Emergency Support To Refugees Fleeing Burundi Crisis

Burundians fleeing pre-election violence rest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a gruelling 22-hour boat journey. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and ... More>>

Afghanistan: Commitment To Advancing Women's Rights

While the outgoing senior United Nations rights official in Afghanistan said she expected the human rights advances made “will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she lamented the high level of violence against ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news