Hillel Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based UN Watch responded to the UN General Assembly's passage of a measure to commemorate the 2001 Durban conference. He alleged that "the 2001 Durban conference and its progeny have become staging grounds for contemporary bigots and bullies -- like the regimes of Sudan and Iran -- to cover up their own racism and repression, and to scapegoat the US, the West, and Israel," in a statement Friday.
Neuer added, "Based on past experience, we fear that the banner of human rights and anti-racism will be hijacked by Iranian President Ahmadinejad and other dictators to deflect attention from their crimes, and to incite anti-Western and anti-Semitic hatred."
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