måndag 2 mars 2015

Kerry varnar UNHRC för fokuseringen på Israel

John Kerry vid öppnandet av FN:s mänskorättsråds (UNHRC)  28:e session i Geneve:
“We will oppose any effort by any group or participant in the UN system to arbitrarily and regularly delegitimize or isolate Israel, not just at the UN Human Rights Council but wherever it occurs,” Kerry told the UNHRC at the opening of its 28th session.

The US supports most of the UNHRC’s work and hopes to retain its seat as one of its 47 member states, Kerry said.

“We are running for re-election,” said Kerry as he lauded the UNHRC’s important work as a “ray of hope” for victims of human rights abuses.

But he warned, the US was “deeply concerned” about the UNHRC’s record on Israel.

“No one in this room can deny that there is an unbalanced focus on one democratic country, [Israel],” he said.

“Year after year there are five or six separate resolutions on Israel,” he said.

“This year there was a resolution sponsored by President [Bashar] Assad concerning the Golan. How? I ask, is that a sensible priority at the very moment when refugees from Syria are flooding into the Golan to escape Assad’s murderous rule and receive treatment from Israeli physicians in Israeli hospitals,” Kerry said.

“It must be said that the UNHRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization. It has the potential to limit the good that we have to do,” Kerry said.

Kerry in Geneva vows to stand with Israel at UN against isolation and delegitimization (Jerusalem Post)

De palestinska myndigheterna kritiserade Kerry för att han visade sitt stöd för en rättvis behandling av Israel.

PA slams Kerry for supporting Israel at UN

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