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Farce: Meet the 2018 membership of the @UNHumanRights Council.
Member 1: Democratic Republic of Congo.
Expertise in human rights: suppression of opposition; torture; arbitrary arrests; civil war; extrajudicial killings; massacres by government forces; violence against women; child soldiers.
Member 2: #Qatar
Expertise in human rights: Exploitation & abuse of 2 million migrant workers; no political parties; women subjected to discrimination, denied basic rights to equality; finances terrorism by ISIS & Hamas.
Member 3: Saudi Arabia
Expertise in human rights: Death sentences for apostasy & adultery; corporal punishment of flogging & amputation; judges controlled by regime; beheadings; arbitrary arrests of dissenters & minorities; no freedom of speech; still jails blogger Raif Badawi.
Member 4: #Venezuela
Expertise in human rights: Widespread arbitrary detention; imprisonment of opposition leaders; intimidation of journalists; torture; policies causing mass hunger & health catastrophe.
Member 5: #China
Expertise in human rights: Denial of freedom of speech, religion, association; extrajudicial killings; repression of civil society; discrimination against Tibetans and other minorities.
Member 6: #Cuba
Expertise in human rights: Systematic violation of freedom of speech, assembly, press; elections are neither free nor fair; threats & violence against dissidents.
Member 7: #Iraq
Expertise in human rights: Pro-government militias commit widespread human rights abuses, including assassinations, enforced disappearances, property destruction.
Member 8: #Burundi
Expertise in human rights: Police killings of peaceful protesters; government forces commit summary executions, targeted assassinations, enforced disappearances; arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence; warnings of #genocide.
Member 9: United Arab Emirates
Expertise in human rights: No option to change government; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association; arrests without charge, incommunicado detentions, lengthy pretrial detentions; police brutality; violence against women...
Member 10: #Pakistan
Expertise in human rights: Extrajudicial killings by security forces; terrorism; torture; arbitrary detention; corruption; violence & discrimination against women and girls including honor killings & rape; violence against gays; violence against journalists.
Member 11: #Afghanistan
Expertise in human rights: Widespread government corruption; torture & abuse of detainees; terrorism; extrajudicial killings; arbitrary arrest & detention; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, religion; routine violence against women and girls...
Member 12: #Angola
Expertise in human rights: Endemic government corruption; economic crisis; mass poverty; extrajudicial killings & torture by government security forces; harassment & intimidation of journalists... unwatch.org/farce-u-n-s-20…

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Oct 1, 2018
UNRWA foreign staff flee Gaza to Israel after Hamas allows protests, death threats. Yet not 1 word criticizing Hamas from @UNRWA, its chief @PKraehenbuehl, spokespersons @ChrisGunness & @Fernande_VT or Gaza chief @matzschmale. But they attack Israel daily. haaretz.com/middle-east-ne…
These international UNRWA managers knowingly employ teachers who praise Hitler & preach anti-Semitism & terrorism. I sent @matzschmale our info & he denied everything. Now they are literally running to Israel—from their own Gaza employees—to save their own lives. EU funds this.
• UN Watch's 130-page report detailing UNRWA teachers' systematic incitement to Jihadist terrorism and antisemitism: unwatch.org/wp-content/upl…
• EU & its member states fund UNRWA but won't say if they demanded UNRWA fire any of these racists
• Full video:
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Sep 26, 2018
BREAKING: After Jeremy Corbyn refuses four times on Channel 4 interview to answer whether he regrets taking money from the Iranian TV station that aired filmmaker Maziar Bahari’s forced confessions under torture, Bahari calls on Corbyn to finally confront his past and apologize.
Bahari, whose labor activist father suffered years in the Shah’s jails, wonders why Labor’s Corbyn is close to Iran’s Islamic regime, “one of the most anti-union governments in the world. Unions are almost outlawed and union activists are regularly arrested and tortured in Iran.”
Bahari, who supports many policies of the Labour Party, says it “should keep a distance from the Iranian government and its propaganda channels.”
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Sep 14, 2018
.@UN_HRC Why did you invite discredited William Schabas to address the UN when on grounds of conflict of interest in 2015 he was ignominiously forced to resign from your Gaza inquiry after it was revealed he had failed to disclose his paid legal work for the PLO?

#HRC39 #ethics
In his pathetic resignation letter, Schabas explained that he never bothered to disclose his paid legal work for the PLO because....no one ever asked him. "I was not requested to detail my past activities concerning Palestine..."
To his credit, UNHRC President Joachim Ruecker established the principle that UN appointees should avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Only after Amb. Ruecker formally requested a legal opinion from UN Headquarters in New York did Schabas resign.
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Jul 18, 2018
Dutch ambassador to the UN @KvanOosterom speaks of "crucial ICC" yet is top cheerleader of Venezuela's war criminals. See his many propaganda tweets for Maduro regime: twitter.com/search?q=from%…
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Jul 2, 2018
I'm here @UN European Headquarters in Geneva hosting Russian democracy dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza as he addresses the press corps after his powerful testimony before the Human Rights Council for the freedom of political prisoner Alexei Pichugin. unwatch.org/russian-democr…
"My name is Vladimir Kara-Murza, I am a Russian democracy activist, and I am honored to address the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of UN Watch."
"Last month marked 15 years since the arrest of Alexei Pichugin, an executive at Russia’s Yukos oil company. His arrest launched the campaign by Vladimir Putin’s government against Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky who dared to speak out against corruption & support civil society."
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Jun 28, 2018
We're about to release a 60-page report documenting 10 years of staggering, system-wide @UN inaction on antisemitism. This oped ignores that. It rightly praises @AntonioGuterres for deleting a biased report, yet shortchanges @NikkiHaley who made him do it. wsj.com/articles/a-rig…
We are not told, for example, about how CERD, the UN treaty body on racism, has never once addressed the virulent and murderous incitement to antisemitism rampant in Arab and Muslim countries.
When this body of UN racism experts reviewed France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Sweden & Turkey, they rarely if ever addressed the scourge of antisemitism, including deadly attacks against Jewish schools and synagogues.
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