UN rapporteur Falk calls for shutdown of UN Watch

By JTA
June 9, 2013 21:30

Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, called on the UN Human Rights Council to shut down the watchdog organization UN Watch.

In an annual report on Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights due to be presented to the Human Rights Council on Monday, Falk seeks an investigation of UN Watch leading to its closure.

Falk accuses the Geneva-based NGO of “demeaning” and “defaming” his character, damaging the “credibility,” “effectiveness” and “substantive intention” of his mandate. He says this “diverts attention from the message” and “shifts public interest away.”

UN Watch was established in 1993 “to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter,” according to the group’s website.

Falk’s comments come less than a month after UN Watch’s draft resolution to remove him from his position in the wake of his comments blaming the Boston Marathon bombings on “the American global domination project” and “Tel Aviv” was published by the United Nations as an official document.


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