Canada’s decision earlier this year to boycott the 2009 Durban II Conference continues to be a model for the rest of the world. Unfortunately, most countries couldn’t care less!

Handout distributed at the NGO Forum, Durban 2001 (Photo-ICRE/Magenta Foundation, Amsterdam)

Handout distributed at the NGO Forum, Durban 2001 (Photo-ICARE/Magenta Foundation, Amsterdam)

OCTOBER 1, 2008 –  Some months ago, Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for multiculturalism and Canadian identity referring to the upcoming 2009 Durban conference remarked the conference . . .

“Has gone completely off the rails and Canada wants no part of it. Canada is interested in combating racism, not promoting it. We’ll attend any conference that is opposed to racism and intolerance, not those that actually promote racism and intolerance. Our considered judgment, having participated in the preparatory meetings, was that we were set for a replay of Durban I. And Canada has no intention of lending its good name and resources to such a systematic promotion of hatred and bigotry.”

Canada’s Kenney had the foresight to understand the conference would lead to yet another antisemitic tirade by many Islamic states and their misguided cohorts.

This past Monday, the organisation Eye on the UN, a project of the Hudson Institute New York and the Touro College Institute for Human Rights, published the following statement:

Geneva — On the eve of the Jewish New Year, Islamic states launched a frontal assault on Israel, freedom of expression and human rights. Their platform is the UN’s “anti-racism” forum – the Durban Review Conference which will take place in Geneva in April 2009. On September 29, 2008 the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) laid bare their intended plan of action in a written contribution circulated for the first time. Planning for Durban II entered a new phase as a working draft of the final document to be adopted at the Conference was also unveiled at a planning meeting in Geneva.

The OIC has now said it expects Durban II to repeat or add the following to the travesty of the first Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA):

The anti-racism offensive is characterized by ever-expanding fictional affronts. The so-called victims are championed by governments that have no interest in protecting human rights at home. The feigned interest in freedom of religion comes from Muslim states where changing religion or apostasy is a crime punishable by death.

  • A list of multiple allegations of alleged Israeli human rights violations is accompanied by a demand that Durban II “must look into the human rights situation and urge member states to implement the provisions of the DDPA”. Those provisions include the claim that Palestinians are victims of Israeli racism.
  • Wild trumped-up statements of global Islamophobia which in turn justify gross violations of freedom of expression around the world.
  • False racism charges intended to justify the introduction of roadblocks to the fight against terrorism and Islamic extremism.

Eye on the UN adds:

Bear in mind who is controlling the Durban II agenda from start to finish. Libya chairs the PrepCom and in that capacity has been manipulating the procedures to favour the OIC. Other “human rights” authority figures shaping Durban II, are Cuba, the Rapporteur and Iran a Vice-Chair of the executive committee of the PrepCom.

For more information go to Durban Watch at http://www.EYEontheUN.org/durban


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