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Anne Bayefsky

The Fans of Durban II

Monday, March 16, 2009

Human rights authorities like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Russia, Yemen, the Arab Group, the African Group, Malaysia, Bahrain, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Venezuela and Senegal.

And now operating on behalf of Islamic states: the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is the Secretary-General of the Durban II Conference. In her words: "The [Durban] Review Conference has also been the target of a disparaging media and a lobbying campaign on the part of those who fear a repetition of antisemitic outbursts. This, in my view, is completely unwarranted...Narrow, parochial interests and reflexive partisanship must be cast aside in the interest of a greater common good." (The "common good" as defined by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan...)

Watch video here.
Durban II Devotees

March 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2009: 10th Human Rights Council Session