NGOs continue to try to exploit the discredited UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and wrangle over its status. On 15 March, 11 NGOs including Al Haq and BADIL signed a joint statement to the Council which condemned Israel for "one of the longest-standing yet urgent cases of denial of internationally recognized human rights" and called for intervention of the International Court of Justice, economic sanctions and a diplomatic boycott of Israel.
Hillel Neuer of UN Watch delivered a scathing attack on the Council on March 23, 2007. He criticised "the dictators who run this Council [who] couldn’t care less about Palestinians, or about any human rights….They seek to demonize Israeli democracy, to delegitimize the Jewish state, to scapegoat the Jewish people. They also seek something else: to distort and pervert the very language and idea of human rights." Neuer’s arguments were dismissed by President Luis Alfonso De Alba but received wide media attention.
Harris O. Schoenberg, honorary chairman of the U.N. NGO Human Rights Committee and adjunct professor of human rights at New York University also criticised the UNHRC and its NGO supporters in an April 16, 2007 article. He described the "flawed mandate" of the UNHRC which
"was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in March 2006 with the support of then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Annan and these human-rights groups supported the mandate even though the General Assembly had thrown out the safeguards that Annan and some non-governmental organizations had proposed for keeping human-rights violators off the council.
As a result, 21 of the 47 members elected last May are rated by Freedom House as human-rights violators. Some are rated the worst of the worst."