Human Rights Watch continues to distort the truth about Israel in its "World Report 2016," making use of faulty methodology and promoting a biased view of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Ban Ki-Moons planned attendance at a conference in Tehran recalls the preparation for the Durban Conference. In 2001, UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson authorized, planned and chaired a meeting in Iran, where Jews and Israelis were not granted visas to attend, and hate-filled texts were issued.
Amnesty, HRW, and FIDH have issued a number of statements on the Iranian governments suppression of demonstrations and related issues following the presidential election. NGOs call for restraint, investigations, and new elections. Before the elections, Iranian violations were not a high priority for HRW or FIDH. Despite its large and active Middle East division, HRW devotes few resources to Iran. The majority of Amnestys attention was through narrowly-focused and low-impact Urgent Actions, not in-depth reports.
UN officials are trying to prevent the type of virulent NGO activity that defined the 2001 NGO Forum at the first Durban conference. The UN sent security personnel to confront hateful posters and speech, and reportedly denied anti-Israel NGOs request for an official side-event. In contrast, Iranian president Ahmadinejad used offensive and racist language against Israel. Human Rights Watch condemned Western democracies for "undermining" the conference, not the racism and corruption of human rights by Iran and radical NGOs.