BDS IN THE PEWS
The UN Human Rights Council, ECOSOC, and NGOs
Updated March 22, 2015
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, whose activities were widely acknowledged to be extremely biased, particularly against Israel, was replaced in 2005 by a Human Rights Council. However, as predicted by the US and Israel, which voted against the new framework and sought fundamental changes that would prevent political abuse and exploitation of human rights, the UNHRC has turnout to be no better than the old model.
The new framework also continues to give selected NGOs that enjoy consultative privileges at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) a major influence in promoting anti-Israel agendas. Accreditation to ECOSOC is based in large part on political affiliation, rather than commitment to human rights. For example, China blocked the application of the NGO "Human Rights in China", and the Arab bloc was able to overcome the specific objections to the application from BADIL (a Palestinian political NGO promoting "right of return" claims). After condemning American and Israeli objections to the proposed structure of the UNHRC, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have become strident critics of its biases and failures. However, these NGOs have refused to acknowledged their failed judgment in promoting the new framework, and through their own biased reports and campaigns, have contributed to the failure of the UNHRC.
NGO Monitor Submissions to UN Committees
Regarding the Legal Opinion Requested by Bureau of the Human Rights Council on William Schabas, February 23, 2015
NGO Monitor Submission to the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, January 30, 2015
UN “Human Rights”