Another year has brought a fresh round of anti-Israel U.N. "decrees," which fall upon us like the ukases of the Tsar.
But in fact he didn't really do that, and he doesn't seem to be inclined to actuall do something about the Council, rather than just whining. He is in charge after the all. He might be thought to have some influence on the UN. Ban Ki-moon is like the man who beats his wife and says "Bad hand, Bad hand, why did you do that?"
U.N. condemnations of Israel are like the weather. Everyone complains about them, but nobody does anything about it. If the US was really concerned, the Secretary of State or the US ambassador to the UN would issue a statement, rather than leaving it to a deputy, and they would back up their sentiments by withholding money from the UN and boycotting institutions like the HRC.
If the Secretary General was really concerned, he would do something about the abominable record of the Human Rights Council, rather than mouthing verbiage.
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Last update - 09:22 21/06/2007
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined Western nations on Wednesday in criticizing the world body's own Human Rights Council for "picking on Israel" as part of an agreement on its working rules.
The European Union, Canada and the United States have already attacked the deal reached in Geneva on Monday under which Israel's actions would become a permanent item on the Human Rights Council's agenda.
A UN statement said: "The Secretary-General is disappointed at the council's decision to single out only one specific regional item given the range and scope of allegations of human rights violations throughout the world."
The statement did not mention Israel or the Palestinian Authority by name.
The 47-nation council was set up by the General Assembly last year to try to improve the UN's image on human rights. It replaced a commission that had been widely criticized for ignoring rights violations in some developing countries.
Alejandro Wolff, deputy U.S. permanent representative at the United Nations, accused the council of "a pathological obsession with Israel" and also denounced its action on Cuba and Belarus. "I think the record is starting to speak for itself," he told journalists.
The Geneva meeting aroused further controversy after Cuba and Belarus, both accused of abuses, were removed from a list of nine special mandates, which included North Korea, Cambodia and Sudan, carried forward from the defunct commission.
The council's charter preserves the watchdog's right to appoint special
investigators for countries whose human rights records are of particular concern, something many developing states have long opposed.