What you see below is a letter of complaint sent to the BBC by National Coordinator of “Australians for Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria” Ms Susan Susan Dirgham in relation to the many omissions and distortions the BBC has worked into two of its reports on Syria, Saving Syria’s Children and Homs: Journey into Hell. The […]
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On June 23rd the NGO Freedom House took the floor at the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva and delivered the following statement: “The crisis in Ukraine demands action by the UN and member states to monitor and report on human rights in Ukraine, provide assistance to the Ukrainian government, and facilitate […]
Remember when the Obama administration was urging the Egyptian government to restrain the security forces against peaceful protesters® and their fundamental freedom of protest, association and assembly? Well, that was January 2011, when former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was beginning to look an inadequate leader, failing to meet the Egyptian people’s aspirations, yearning for democracy […]
Inaugurating Israel’s return to the Human Rights Council, Israel’s representative Omer Caspi delivers a heart-breaking statement on freedom of assembly, association, opinion, speech, press and all that stuff. Here is the video, with added footage showing the discrepancy between words and deeds.
The “Holocaust served as a warning to all people of the profound dangers of hatred, bigotry, and racism.” These were the wise words Israeli ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman contributed to the discourse in occasion of the UN General Assembly’s decision to adopt a resolution on Holocaust denial in 2007, a resolution whose text […]
This is the second part of a three-part interview with Avi Shlaim, professor of International Relation at the Middle East Centre, Oxford. Iran and International Organisations – some legitimate, some less legitimate – were discussed. An important point to note is Israel’s behaviour towards Iran. The Iranian nuclear program is not an Israeli issue: it’s […]
The regime change the US and its allies were looking forward to carrying out in Syria, under the guise of protecting the Syrian people, is not happening. Ever since the painful defeat of the Western-armed anti-Assad forces in Qusayr by the hands of the Syrian army in June, it has become clear that Syria’s destabilisation […]
Professor Avi Shlaim, lecturer of International Relations at Oxford University, shared his thoughts with me on 30 May 2013. Full transcript of the video is available here.
The video above shows the statement I delivered at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 10 June 2013, in response to the group of mudslingers unleashed against Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, who had just presented his report on the Human Rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I say group because, while there has […]
On 10 June 2013, Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Professor Richard Falk, delivered his report at the Human Rights Council. In the interactive dialogue, Israel PR manager Mr. Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Israel lobby Human… er… Rights NGO UN Watch, had this to say (video below). […]
<The violent crackdown on protesters by Saudi-backed police have started again in Bahrain last week, in a repeat of the aggressive reaction the Gulf island state had deployed against the previous street protest, organised by the Shiite majority, on 23 December. On that occasion, the crowds had taken to the streets demanding the resignation of […]
In a shining example of leadership in the struggle for respect and fulfilment of Civil and Political Rights, the United States successfully pushed for a Human Rights Council Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association at the UN in Geneva last month. Granted, the title itself is a bit of a mouthful; however, in […]
To mark the beginning of his extended mandate, the lead investigator from UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry Paulo Sergio Pinheiro summarised the situation in Syria before the Security Council four days ago. However, some of the points he reiterated from the Commission’s previous report, namely the abuses committed by the Free Syrian Army, the presence of […]