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Resources updated between Monday, February 25, 2013 and Sunday, March 03, 2013

March 2, 2013

March 1, 2013

John Kerry and Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, March 1, 2013

In the presence of Secretary of State John Kerry, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claims "we are fighting against antisemitism" - despite the fact that his Prime Minister's words this week were clear evidence they are doing precisely the opposite. Turkey continues to show no remorse over facilitating the attempt to open an Iranian arms depot on the Mediterranean via the "flotilla." Secretary Kerry responded to the overt Turkish antisemitism with 435 words, one of which was (finally) "objectionable."

Secretary Kerry Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu After Their Meeting Development

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with UN Secretary-General in Geneva, March 1, 2013

Another Israel-bashing panel was sponsored today by the UN "Human Rights" Council. Keynote speaker Sheikha of Qatar singled out only Israel for violating the "right to education" and accused Israel of "jeopardizing" the Council's "legitimacy."

Statement by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar at the High-level Panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming at the Human Rights Council Development

Scene from "No Fire Zone"

In 2009 more than 100,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka by the government forces during the conflict with the Tamils. In May 2009 the UN "Human Rights" Council adopted a one-sided resolution praising Sri Lanka government for respecting human rights during the conflict.
Today, 4 years after the massacres took place and on the sidelines of the HRC 22nd session in Geneva, several NGOs organized the screening of "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka", a BBC Channel 4 movie. On February 27, 2013, the HR Council's President sent a letter to the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva disassociating the Council from the screening. Further, no audio or visual taping was allowed during today's side-event, nor was there any time for questions and comments after the screening. However, Sri Lanka's Geneva Ambassador was given the floor to whitewash evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He "strongly protested" the screening and attacked the "authenticity" of the movie. How the real bosses of the UN "human rights" scene operate.

Letter from the HRC President to the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Development

Erdogan with UN Secretary-General in Vienna, February 27, 2013

More antisemitism from United Nations' platforms. The fifth Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. February 27, 2013, Vienna, Austria. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism, and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity." See video at minutes 8:15 to 8:30.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Statement at the UN Alliance of Civilizations meeting Video

February 28, 2013

Navi Pillay

Professional Israel-basher, the UN's top human rights official Navi Pillay, introduced her annual report on human rights in 2012 by running "Palestine" together with mass murder in Syria. "2012 was a daunting year for human rights. The on-going crises in Syria, Mali and the Sahel region, Palestine and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have resulted in thousands of deaths, massive displacement and grave violations, marked by a climate of impunity."

Introduction of the Annual Report 2012 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Development

Sign asking female visitors to malls in the United Arab Emirates to dress "modestly"

At the UN Human Rights Council, newly-elected Council member the United Arab Emirates capitalized on the opportunity to enjoy its new status and cultivate its human rights image. It sent its Minister of State for Foreign Affairs to tout UAE's "great progress" in "empowerment of women", children's rights, "improving labor regulations", and promotion of "equality before the law". But here's the State Dept. Country Report on Human Rights 2011 about the UAE: "The legal punishment for conversion from Islam is death... The penal code allows men to use physical means, including violence...against female and minor family members...female victims of rape or sexual crimes faced the possibility of prosecution...Under Sharia the death penalty is the punishment for individuals who engage in consensual homosexual activity... Domestic workers routinely were subject to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse."

Statement by the United Arab Emirates at the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council Development

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted for genocide by the ICC

Today at the UN Human Rights Council, Sudan's Minister of "Justice" - a country whose president has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide - lectured the assembled about racial discrimination - in Israel, and thundered Israel "must be held to account."

Statement by Sudan at the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council Development

February 27, 2013

UN "Human Rights" Council discussing resolution on protecting human rights defenders. And from the start, newly-elected Council member Pakistan objects to references to internet freedom, arbitrary detention and freedom of expression.

UN Human Rights Council Draft Resolution on Protecting human rights defenders Development

February 26, 2013

Esther Brimmer

Obama administration representative Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer sings praises of the UN Human Rights Council - notwithstanding 70,000 plus dead and counting in Syria and stand-alone agenda item dedicated to demonizing Israel.

Statement by the United States at the Opening of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council Development

February 25, 2013

Assault on free speech on opening day of the 22nd session of the UN "Human Rights" Council. The President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission calls for resolution on "criminalizing defamation of religions"

Statement by Saudi Arabia at the Opening of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council Development

UN Human Rights Council

Iran speaks at the UN "Human Rights" Council on behalf of the 119 countries of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). That is 60% of UN members approved of Iran preaching to a human rights assembly about "peace and security." Another Orwellian moment at the UN.

Statement by Iran on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement during the High-Level Panel to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action Development

At the UN's top human rights body, Pakistan, speaking for the 56 countries in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, advocates free speech curbs for "negative stereotyping or defamation of religions"

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during the High-Level Panel to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action Development

Navi Pillay

The priorities of the UN's top human rights officer: genocide and demonizing Israel. "Hundreds of thousands of people have died in genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Palestinian territories are still occupied; massive violations have occurred in Iraq and Sri Lanka; and war crimes continue to be committed in numerous internal conflicts including those continuing in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Sudan and Syria."

Opening Statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council Development