Debate continues in the lead up to the April Prep Com for the UN’s 2009 Durban Review Conference. The NGO Forum of the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance [WCAR], initiated a coordinated NGO campaign of virulent anti-Israel demonization – the "Durban Strategy." As NGO Monitor has reported, the 2009 Review Conference is intended to focus on implementation of the 2001 declaration.
The New Israel Fund and Rabbis for Human Rights are among signatories to a "Statement of Core Principles for WCAR Follow up," which expresses the need for a corrective movement to reverse the damage of the disastrous Durban I conference, and to restore the universality of human rights. The updated signatories list on April 4, 2008 shows that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch still have not signed the petition and Amnesty refuse to comment on their policy towards Durban 2009. NGO Monitor has been contacting NGOs and their funders to ascertain their positions on these issues.