Amnesty International launched a webpage which provided a brief summary of the human rights credentials of candidates for the new Human Rights Council at the UN. The webpage was intended to enable the nations voting to evaluate the candidate countries’ "contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights."

Human Rights Watch launched a similar webpage and stated that "member states should decline to support countries with poor human rights records." Ken Roth, executive director of HRW, said "it is up to U.N. members to exclude…abusive governments so that the council can be a real champion for human rights." Before the vote HRW recommended that Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia be rejected from the council. The election for the 47-member Council took place on May 9 and those elected to it include Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Russia. Kenneth Roth, Director of Human Rights Watch said "the new council has better tools and a better membership than the old commission." Critics of the new HRC framework argue that the support from HRW and Amnesty perpetuates the exploitation of human rights for political purposes.

Jean Zeigler has been nominated by Switzerland to be an expert for the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, a section of the new Human Rights Council. Zeigler founded the "Muammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize", whose recipients include Roger Garaudy, a convicted French Holocaust denier. UN Watch and other NGOs criticized the nomination in a letter to the Swiss UN Mission in Geneva. Hillel Neuer of UN Watch said that the nomination "mocks the suffering of victims of the Libyan and Cuban regimes supported by Ziegler."

Dr Jürgen Bühler of the European Coalition for Israel addressed a conference on European funding for the Palestinian Authority in the European Parliament on May 3. He stated that "NGOs which are fuelling the conflict by promoting violence or by inflammatory speech should not be supported by the EU." Bühler also called for "strict monitoring of the civil society organizations which the EU is supporting to ensure that they fulfill the criteria for receiving funds."

 

 

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