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Anne Bayefsky

EYEontheUN Announces New Video Feature

Friday, April 11, 2008

Introducing a new VIDEO feature of

EYEontheUN is dedicated to making transparent the UN's record on its fundamental promise - to identify, condemn, and protect against human rights violations and confront and respond to threats to international peace and security.

By making the appalling record of the UN easily visible to viewers for the first time, EYEontheUN will provide an information base for the re-evaluation of priorities and directions for modern-day democratic societies.
Durban II - What happens when UN-based racists organize a conference "against racism"?
The UN "Human Rights" Council exposed in its members? words
Hijacking Human Rights: The Demonization of Israel by the UN? -- An historic conference

Watch UN planning for Durban II

Watch the Human Rights Council

Watch the conference in full or selected speakers
In 2001, the first UN Conference Against Racism, held in Durban, South Africa and ending only 3 days before 9/11 was a global platform for antisemitism and the demonization of Israel.

Plans for Durban II, to be held in the first-half of 2009, are well underway. The planning committee has a Libyan Chair, an Iranian Vice-Chair, and a Cuban Rapporteur. Already, their statements captured on video make their plans clear:

  • use the pretense of combating racism to limit freedom of expression;
  • thwart efforts to end terrorism;
  • allege that Islamophobia is the most serious form of racism today in order to cast Muslims as victims and never perpetrators;
  • redefine antisemitism as victimizing Arabs and Muslims so there are no Jewish victims; and
  • demonize the state of Israel.
    In its very short history, the Human Rights Council has become a UN nightmare. An institution worse than the Commission it replaced. A forum for defeating, instead of promoting, human rights. The videos capture the absurdity of this "human rights" institution where:

  • the victims of the Nazis are cast as the Nazis of today;
  • the right to self-defense applies to every state except Israel;
  • a platform is provided for those who believe marital rape is "controversial"
  • freedom of expression is under seige
  • grossly exaggerated claims of Islamophobia are intended to divert attention from all violations of human rights by Muslim states.
    Conference sponsored by the Hudson Institute, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, New York, New York, November 18, 2007.

    Featured speakers from three continents include:

  • UN Ambassador John Bolton (06-07)
  • Senator Norm Coleman
  • Congressman Thaddeus McCotter
  • Ambassador Max Kampelman
  • Nonie Darwish