Release Date:  15 February 2009

NGO Monitor:  US Engagement in ‘Durban II’ Process Bold and Risky

(Jerusalem) – Jerusalem-based watchdog NGO Monitor continues to closely follow preparations for the UN World Conference Against Racism, dubbed ‘Durban II’, scheduled for April 2009 in Geneva.  NGO Monitor notes that the US State Department has agreed to send diplomats to participate in preparatory meetings for ‘Durban II’.  
Reacting to this development, NGO Monitor’s Executive Director Prof Gerald Steinberg said, "The Obama Administration has taken a very bold and risky plunge by attempting to change the hate-filled agenda.  Success or an American led walkout will restore moral leadership and US influence.  But a failure which reinforces the first Durban attack on human rights will do long term damage throughout the world."

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Editors Notes:

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Other recent publications and reports by NGO Monitor include:-

The NGO Front in the Gaza War – February 12, 2009  

Hijacked by Hatred’: British NGOs Use Christmas for Anti-Israel Attacks – December 23, 2008

NGOs and Durban Demonization at UN Review of Israel – December 3, 2008

NGO Monitor’s Executive Director is, Prof. Gerald Steinberg.

Members of NGO Monitor’s International Advisory Board include Elie Wiesel, Prof Alan Dershowitz, Sir Martin Gilbert and R. James Woolsey


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