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In a press Conference Irwin Cotler misrepresented the support for his statement related to Venezuela PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:04

The Embassy News reported the following

On Nov. 25, joined by Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan opposition political leader Leopoldo López. The group was calling for the release of Mr. López, who has been detained in Venezuela since February.

Earlier, at the press conference, Mr. Cotler added that parliamentarians of all stripes will seek a meeting with the new ambassador when he gets to Ottawa. "We will make it clear that all the parties in the House stand in solidarity with Leopoldo López."

http://www.embassynews.ca/news/2014/11/26/new-venezuelan-envoy-hailed

It is regrettable that Irwin Cotler stated, in a press conference,: "We will make it clear that all the parties in the House stand in solidarity with Leopoldo López."  Irwin Cotler is a member of UN Watch which is a group that targets Socialist Countries and countries that dare to criticize Israel. On the death of Hugo Chavez,  the Canadian,  Hillel Neuer, the head of UN Watch referred to Chavez, internationally, as a “symbol of evil;” and decried that Chavez was given a one-minute of silence tribute at the UN Human Rights Council. UN watch has targeted Venezuela over the years and has had an inordinate amount of access to the international media.

While it is surprising that Elizabeth May would  stand in solidarity with Leopoldo Lopez , it is inconceivable that the NDP would stand in support of the opposition leader in Venezuela.  

 

Souces indicated that the NDP did not come out, as was stated by Irwin Cotler in support of the statement: "... that all the parties in the House stand in solidarity with Leopoldo López", the leader of the Venezuelan opposition. This statement appears to suggest that all Canadian parties support regime change

 

 

Irwin Cotler is a member of the Group UN Watch  which 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 at lest 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 only some instruments? One is left with the question “whose interests is it serving?


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 Canada for being willing to proceed with pipelines even though it is obvious that the First Nations would be deprived of their subsistence (a violatiion of Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights)?

 

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?

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:54
 

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