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The NGO, UN Watch, targets specific states like Venezuela and leaders, such as Hugo Chavez and ignores the failings of other states, such as the US, Canada and Israel. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:55

by Joan Russow – Global Compliance Research Project, Ecological Rights Association*

 

Since Chavez’s death, there have been many derogatory comments made , by opponents of Chavez, and by mainstream Canadian media, including the Globe and Mail and CBC; many of the comments  undermine what Chavez has achieved. His death is a tragic loss for global social justice. 

 

Today, at the UN Human Rights Council, there is a derogatory comment, about Chavez by the Canadian Director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer who said: “Sad: UN Human Rights Council holds minute's silence for fellow member Chavez”

 

The Group UN Watch  has ECOSOC status at the UN and in its application it describes itself as an independent international NGO. It does, however, appear that it targets primarily socialist states such as Venezuela and states that are critical of Israel. It lobbied 20 states to oppose Venezuela’s bid to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Is the name UN Watch legitimate if it watches only some states and some instruments? One is left with the question “whose interests is it serving? If it serves special state interests, would UN Watch not lack credibility and legitimacy?

I think that the name UN Watch  is a misnomer, and misrepresents what the group is doing. It is not watching all states and their compliance with UN instruments. The group is targeting socialist states, and any state that appears to say anything against Israel.

Has the group lobbied against Israel and others for not ratifying the Non Proliferation Treaty?

Has the group lobbied against states that refuse to support a nuclear free Middle East

Has the group lobbied against the US, Israel and others for not respecting the jurisdiction and decisions of the International Court of Justice?

Has the group lobbied against the US and other states for not ratifying the Convention Against All forms of Discrimination against Women?

Has the group lobbied against the US and other states for failing to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Has the group lobbied against the US and other States for failing to ratify the International Covenant on Social Economic and Cultural Rights? And its protocol

Has the group lobbied against the use by some states, such as the US and Israel of the pre-emptive strike in violation of the Charter of the United Nations as being the egregious crime of aggression

Has the group lobbied against the states such as the US and others, misinterpreting Article 51-the right of self-defence of the Charter of the United Nations to justify an illegal act of aggression against another state?

Has the group lobbied against states that have produced weapons that would be prohibited under the Geneva Protocol I – V

Has the group lobbied against states like the US and Canada for not ratifying or for withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol and for not reducing sufficiently greenhouse gas emissions as required under art. 2 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Has it lobbied against states, such as the US, Canada and other NATO states that violate the Convention Against Torture

Has the group lobbied against states like Israel and the United States that have the death penalty in defiance of the Optional Protocol II of the ICCPR

Has the group lobbied to block states like the US and Canada, that have refused to ratified the Convention on the rights of migrant workers and their families

Has the group lobbied against states like the US and Canada that have failed to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples and  has it criticized Canada for claiming that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is only aspirational

Has the group lobbied against states such as the US and Canada for passing the Homeland security act and the Anti-terrorism act, respectively, which violate certain sections of the International
Covenant on Civil and political Rights

Has the group lobbied against states , like Canada, US and others that deprive a people of its subsistence, in violation of article 2 of the International covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Has the group lobbied against Canada and the new refugee proposal to treat refugees from so-called “safe’ states differently than those rom so-called ‘unsafe” states in violation of section 2 of the UN
Convention on Refugees.

Has the group lobbied to block states like the united States and Canada for failing to ratify most of the International Labour Organization conventions related to labour rights

Has the group lobbied to block the US for failing to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child

 

Does the group ever question the provocative nature of the US military bases, including 7 in Colombia near the border of Venezuela?  

 

Does the group note that Israel has not ratified the NPT and that it is the only state in the middle East with nuclear weapons, and that the US, Canada and Israel all oppose the UN Declaration calling for a nuclear free middle East?

 

I think its ECOSOC status should be revoked.

**File:U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Wesley Malcher guides a Royal Canadian Navy CH-124 Sea King helicopter for landing on the guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) during Exercise Trident Fury 2013 130513-N-QY316-028.jpg

 

 

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