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2017-2018 UNGA Resolutions Condemning Countries (72nd Session)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:35 AM

The following chart has been compiled by UN Watch.  2017-2018 UNGA Resolutions (72nd Session) Condemning Countries Resolutions on Israel: 20 (Click here to view chart) Resolutions on all other countries: 6 1. “Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” (A/C.3/72/L.41) Extract: “Strongly urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to eliminate, in law and in practice, all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls…” Committee Vote: 83 Yes – 30 No – 68 Abstain Plenary Vote: To take place in December —————————————- 2. “Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic” (A/C.3/72/L.54) Extract: “Strongly condemns any use of any chemical weapons, such as chlorine, sarin and sulphur mustard, by any party as a weapon in the Syrian Arab Republic…” Committee Vote: 108 Yes – 17 No – 58 Abstain Plenary Vote: To take place in December —————————————- 3. “Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” (A/C.3/72/L.40) Extract: “Condemns the long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…” Committee Vote: Adopted by consensus Plenary Vote: To take place in December —————————————- 4. “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” (A/C.3/72/L.42) Extract: “Condemning the ongoing temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine — the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (hereinafter “Crimea”) — by the Russian Federation, and reaffirming the non-recognition of its annexation” Committee Vote: 71 Yes – 25 No – 77 Abstain Plenary Vote: To take place in December —————————————- 5. “Situation of human rights in Myanmar” (A/C.3/72/L.48) Extract: “Further alarmed by the disproportionate …

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2017 U.N. General Assembly Resolutions Singling Out Israel – Texts, Votes, Analysis
Friday, November 10, 2017 5:04 PM

Resolutions on Israel that have been adopted or which are expected to be adopted in the 72nd (2017-2018) Session of the UN General Assembly. Information on expected texts is taken from last year’s resolutions. RESOLUTION SPONSORS EXTRACTS ANALYSIS “Assistance to Palestine refugees” – A/C.4/72/L.17 4th Cttee Vote: 160 Yes – 2 No – 10 Abstentions Votes in Previous Years Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and 25 other countries “Expressing grave concern at the especially difficult situation of the Palestine refugees under occupation, including with regard to their safety, well- being and living conditions…”   Resolution serves Arab states that seek to preserve Palestinians as pawns in political campaign to delegitimize Israel. Intent and effect of singling out Palestinian from all refugee claims in the world is to isolate and demonize Israel. Omits any reference to Lebanon’s discrimination against Palestinian refugees in that country. Redundant to three other resolutions adopted on same day (see in this chart)dealing with refugees and UNRWA. “Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities” – A/C.4/72/L.18 4th Cttee Vote: 156 – 7 – 8 Votes in Previous Years Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and 25 other countries “Reaffirms the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967…” Resolution is redundant to other resolutions adopted on same day (see in this chart) dealing with refugees and UNRWA. Purpose and effect are to single out Israel for censure. “Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works …

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U.N. to condemn Israel 9 times today, slam Jewish state for “repressive measures on Syrian Golan”
Friday, November 10, 2017 4:43 PM

GENEVA, Nov. 10, 2017 – The U.N. General Assembly will condemn Israel nine times today, “part of its annual ritual of enacting 20 Arab-sponsored resolutions singling out the Jewish state, and making no mention of Hamas stabbings, shootings or vehicular attacks against Israelis,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch. Click here for list of 9 resolutions. By contrast, in this year’s session there will be a total of 6 condemnatory resolutions for the rest of the world combined — with one each on Syria, North Korea, Iran, Crimea, Myanmar, as well as one on the U.S. for its Cuba embargo. All 193 UN member states participate in the initial committee vote today, and then almost always vote the same way in a second and final vote at the GA plenary in December. “The U.N.’s assault on Israel today with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal,” said Neuer. “Even after Syrian president Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people within the past year, the U.N. is about to adopt a resolution — drafted and co-sponsored by Syria — which falsely condemns Israel for ‘repressive measures’ against Syrian citizens on the Golan Heights. It’s obscene,” said Neuer. “While there will be a total of 20 resolutions against Israel this session, not a single U.N. General Assembly resolution is planned today or this year for gross human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, China, Cuba, Pakistan or Zimbabwe.” “At a time when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his state-controlled media incite to the continued stabbing and shooting of Israeli Jews, the U.N.’s response is to …

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9 condemnatory resolutions against Israel from the Fourth Committee at the 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly
Friday, November 10, 2017 3:19 PM

  “Assistance to Palestine refugees” (A/C.4/72/L.17) “Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities” (A/C.4/72/L.18) “Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East” (A/C.4/72/L.19) “Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues” (A/C.4/72/L.20) “Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories” (A/C.4/72/L.21) “Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories” (A/C.4/72/L.22) “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” (A/C.4/72/L.23) “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” (A/C.4/72/L.24) “The occupied Syrian Golan” (A/C.4/72/L.25)

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U.S. should deport Rutgers prof who represented Syria, abetted genocide
Monday, November 6, 2017 2:11 AM

Click here to sign our petition UN Watch, an independent non-governmental monitoring group based in Geneva, also called on the U.S. to deport Mr. Adi, whose identity was first exposed by The Algemeiner newspaper yesterday. “The U.S. government needs to investigate how a long-time agent of the Syrian regime, close ally of Iran, was granted a visa to work and teach in America,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It ought to be a matter of profound concern that an American university would allow an apologist for the Syrian regime’s genocide to be a teacher.” “When the United Nations debated Syria’s culpability for bombing its own people, Mazen Adi said that the Syrian authorities ‘upheld all their legal and judicial responsibilities,’” Neuer went on to say. “He is a liar and an apologist for mass murder.” While serving as a Syrian delegate and legal advisor at the UN, Mr. Adi systematically acted as an apologist for the mass murder committed by the Assad regime against his own people, helping Syria to win impunity at the UN to conduct continued war crimes. Mr. Adi joined Rutgers in September 2015, where he teaches international criminal law, political science, and United Nations and global policy studies. Prior to Rutgers, Adi had served for 16 years as a Syrian diplomat, including as a legal advisor and occasional chargé d’affaires at the Syrian mission to the UN in New York. According to the UN’s official record, Adi said in 2012 before the Security Council that “international gangs led by some Israeli religious figures are …

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Balfour Declaration & Moral Courage: Hillel Neuer in Stockholm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:08 PM

Balfour at 100: Hillel Neuer Speaks at Stockholm Rally Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the first international recognition of the Jewish people and its historic connection to the Land of Israel. My remarks from the August rally for Israel in Stockholm:"On November 2nd, we will mark the second milestone: the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. On that date in 1917, the British government—with the approval of the Allied Powers in Washington, Paris and Rome—declared its support for the establishment in Palestine of 'a national home for the Jewish people.'Twenty years after the Basel Program, the international community had granted its first public recognition of the existence of the Jewish people, and of its right to a homeland in the Land of Israel. As the historian Martin Kramer notes, the Balfour Declaration was much more than the statement of one government; it was the 1917 rough equivalent of a UN Security Council decision. Britain acted with the support of the Allies, the U.S., France, and Italy, and with the endorsement of the Vatican, which controlled many Christian holy sites. “God has willed it,” Pope Benedict XV told the Zionist leader Nahum Sokolow. This international recognition was, five years later, expanded and enshrined by the League of Nations, in its mandate for Palestine, which granted recognition “to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine,” and “to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”When we mark the Balfour declaration, therefore, we will mark one hundred years since the …

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U.N. gives $1.3 billion for Palestinian “legal recourse” against Israel & other “development programming”
Saturday, October 28, 2017 11:26 PM

GENEVA, October 29, 2017 – An independent monitoring group is asking UN chief Antonio Guterres to explain why the world body is planning to spend $1.3 billion across 16 different agencies to fund Palestinian lawfare campaigns against Israel in “international accountability mechanisms” — a reference presumably to the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court. According to a document signed between the UN and the “Government of Palestine,” that “presents the strategic programming framework of the United Nations system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories” for 2018-2022 — to go into effect on January 1, 2018 — the UN will provide “training, capacity-building and technical advice” to ensure that “Palestinian victims” and institutions make effective use of “international accountability mechanisms” in order to “hold Israel accountable” for its “violations under international law.” The UN will “increase its support” for Palestinian institutions and “Palestinian victims of violations” to “monitor, advocate and seek legal recourse for violations by the occupying power,” meaning Israel. While the document, reported first by Israeli news site nrg, makes passing reference to the need for Palestinian elections, the UN nowhere refers to or presumes any “Palestinian violations.” Notably, the $1.3 billion is not for humanitarian assistance, but rather “focused on development programming,” which includes as its first priority the “core programming area” of “supporting Palestine’s path to independence.” The 16 signatory UN agencies — which include the U.N. human rights office (OHCHR), UNESCO, UNRWA, OCHA, UNDP and UN Women — promise “to uphold accountability” against Israel by “strengthening capacities to document violations” …

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Video: U.N. Palestine rapporteur ‘unaware’ he could address Palestinian human rights violations
Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:49 PM

Michael Lynk, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Palestine U.N. Press Conference Oct. 26, 2017 U.N. special rapporteur on Palestine Michael Lynk was challenged repeatedly by three different journalists in wake of a UN Watch letter, released ahead of his U.N. appearance, documenting how his biased Human Rights Council mandate against Israel systematically ignores Palestinian Authority and Hamas torture and arbitrary arrest, and Palestinian stabbings, car ramming attacks and shootings committed against Israelis. UN Watch’s letter cited precedents to demonstrate how Lynk could address Palestinian abuses even though his mandate from the U.N. is to “investigate Israel’s violations.” (See UN Watch’s report, Mandate to Discriminate.) Benny Avni: Unlike some of your predecessors you haven’t in your report mentioned any violations by Palestinians – by the Palestinian Authority, by Hamas, and so on. So, why not, and is that part of your mandate? Lynk: Ok I’ll answer both of your questions. I have been asked in the past as to my mandate with respect to human rights violations by either the Palestinian Authority, or Hamas. That’s not my decision to make. My mandate has been created by the Human Right Council in Geneva. One of my predecessors did recommend – it was Richard Falk – to the Human Rights Council several years ago that his mandate be expanded to be able to include that. I also note that Amnesty International several years ago had also asked that as well. I am actively considering whether or not, when I make my next report, which will be in March to the Human Rights …

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Report by U.N. Palestine investigator calls for boycott, ignores Palestinian rights violations
Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:01 PM

GENEVA, October 26, 2017 – A new report by the UN rapporteur for Palestinian human rights effectively calls for a boycott of all major Israeli companies (par. 65) but “completely fails to address any Palestinian human rights violations, giving a free pass to torture and terrorism by the forces of President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas,” says a UN watchdog group, in a letter sent today to Michael Lynk, UN chief Antonio Guterres, and U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley. (See full letter below.) “By any definition of human rights, morality and logic, if Mr. Lynk is a United Nations human rights monitor for the Palestinian territories, he must address Palestinian Authority and Hamas torture and arbitrary arrest committed against their own people, and Palestinian stabbings, car ramming attacks and shootings committed against Israelis,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch. Questions for Michael Lynk can be sent to Katharine Marshall (+41 22 917 9695 / kmarshall@ohchr.org) or write to sropt@ohchr.org). ##### Letter from UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer to UN rapporteur Michael Lynk Click here for PDF Michael Lynk Special Rapporteur on Palestine United Nations Office in Geneva 8-14 Avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland October 26, 2017 Dear Mr. Lynk, United Nations Watch is deeply concerned by your latest report, which, for the third consecutive time, fails to address human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. You acknowledge these omissions at par. 4, saying that it only “focuses. . . on the violations committed by …

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Media Summary: U.N. revokes Mugabe ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ role after UN Watch protest
Monday, October 23, 2017 8:49 PM

  CTV VIDEO INTERVIEW OF UN WATCH’S HILLEL NEUER: Mugabe's U.N. Honor Rescinded After UN Watch Protest “Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe has brutalized human rights activists, crushed democracy dissidents and turned the breadbasket of Africa — and its health system — into a basket case. The notion that the U.N. should now honor Mugabe as a great supporter of health is, frankly, sickening.”— UN Watch's Hillel Neuer interviewed on Canada's CTV News. After UN Watch's protest sparked an outcry worldwide, the U.N.'s health agency cancelled the absurd appointment of Mugabe as a 'Goodwill Ambassador.' ====More than 140 news agencies quoted UN Watch — see headlines below. Links to articles are here: https://www.unwatch.org/un-watch-sparks-outcry-worldwide-mugabe-appointed-goodwill-ambassador/Reuters: Choice of Mugabe as goodwill WHO envoy shocks, bafflesCNN: Robert Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill ambassador amid outcry#BBC News: Robert Mugabe’s WHO appointment condemned as ‘an insult’The New York Times: W.H.O. Removes Robert Mugabe as ‘Good-Will Ambassador’Washington Post: WHO’s ’goodwill’ appointment draws the opposite Washington Post: WHO rescinds ‘goodwill ambassador’ appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert MugabeThe Times: WHO denounced over ambassador role for Robert Mugabe (paywall)Agence France-Presse: WHO chief rescinds Mugabe ambassador role after outcryThe Independent: British government leads barrage of criticism after World Health Organisation names Robert Mugabe a ‘goodwill ambassador’ABC News: World Health Organization rescinds Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ‘goodwill ambassador’ appointment amid scathing criticismNewsweek: What do Saudi Arabia, Barack Obama and Robert Mugabe have in common? Five appointments that shocked the worldCNBC: Choice of Mugabe as WHO envoy shocks human rights groupsNew York Post: WHO’s sickening honor for butcher MugabeCTV News (Interview …

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