The Goldstone Report: The UN Blood Libel

The UN's Comparative Interest in Civilian Casualties

Sri Lanka
UN officials have deliberately sought to ignore or cover-up civilian casualties in Sri Lanka's battle with terrorists. OCHA's [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs] Under-Secretary-General, John Holmes, as well as spokespeople for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have repeatedly denied that the UN has civilian casualty figures. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Michele Montas said that "we are trying to save people, not count bodies." The minimum number of documented civilian casualties in Sri Lanka since 20 January 2009, as of 7 March 2009 was 9,924 (casualties include 2,683 deaths and 7,241 injuries).

On 17 May 2009 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution S-11/1 on the violence in Sri Lanka. The resolution was entitled: "Assistance to Sri Lanka in the promotion and protection of human rights."

VOTE: 29 in favor (Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay, Zambia), 12 against (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), 6 abstentions (Argentina, Gabon, Japan, Mauritius, Republic of Korea, Ukraine)

The resolution:
  • condemns only attacks by the LTTE [the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam];
  • acknowledges the continued engagement of the Government of Sri Lanka in regularly and transparently briefing and updating the Council on the human rights situation on the ground and the measures taken;
  • commends the measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to address the urgent needs of the internally displaced persons;
  • welcomes the continued cooperation between the Government of Sri Lanka and the relevant United Nations agencies;
  • welcomes the visit to Sri Lanka of the Secretary-General of the United Nations;
  • urges the international community to cooperate with the Government of Sri Lanka in the reconstruction efforts;
  • welcomes the continued commitment of Sri Lanka to the promotion and protection of all human rights.

There is no call for any commission of inquiry. There is no report required. There is no follow-up on the implementation of the resolution scheduled.


The UN Record of Double-Standards and the Demonization of Israel
The following maps UN human rights criticisms of specific states.

UN actions 1 January 2009 - 17 June 2009
Click here for updated 2009 results.

Rank # Actions % Total

1 Israel 55 4.88%
2 Sudan 32 2.84%
3 Myanmar 25 2.22%
4 Saudi Arabia 23 2.04%
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo 22 1.95%
5 Mexico 22 1.95%
6 Colombia 21 1.86%
6 Iran 21 1.86%
7 China 20 1.77%
8 United States of America 19 1.69%


Human Rights Actions by the United Nations
January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008


Top Five Countries Subject to Most UN Condemnation for Human Rights Violations in 2008
1. Israel (criticized by the UN more than twice as many times as its nearest competitor)
2. Sudan
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo
4. Myanmar
5. United States of America
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