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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

UN Human Rights Council Version of Suitability in Representation

"Michael Lynk, also deemed impartial and objective by the UNHRC’s vetting committee, plays a leadership role in numerous Arab lobby groups, including CEPAL, which promotes 'Annual Israeli Apartheid Week' events; signs anti-Israel petitions; calls to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes; addresses 'One State' conferences that seek to eliminate Israel; and argues that 'the solution' to 'the problem' must go back to Israel’s very creation in 1948, which he calls 'the start of ethnic cleansing'."
"On his campus, Lynk tried to stop the president of Western University from accepting an award from the Jewish National Fund, which advances reforestation and water treatment in Israel, and he regularly organizes anti-Israel events and speakers. Lynk’s stated goal is to 'isolate Israel'."
"Like Penny Green, Lynk also promotes an extreme anti-Western political agenda. Three days after the 9/11 terrorists attacks, Lynk instinctively blamed the West, pointing the finger at 'global inequalities' and 'disregard by Western nations for the international rule of law."
UN Watch, Geneva, March 10, 2016

"We call on [the United Nations Human Rights Council] President to review this appointment and ensure Special Rapporteur has track record that can advance peace in the region."
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion

Michael Lynk, a law professor at the University of Western Ontario, has been appointed as a UN rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.
Postmedia News    Michael Lynk, a law professor at the University of Western Ontario, has been appointed as a UN rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.

The deeply flawed and anti-Israel Human Rights Council of the United Nations is functionally incapable of any kind of neutrality and moderation in its purported function as an arbiter of human rights and an accuser of nations whose actions obviously contravene human rights. Considering the fact that many members of the HRC are themselves representatives of nations known to be human rights abusers, this is hardly surprising. 

The United Nations in any event, and its member-bodies are now beyond surprising critical observers in their penchant for singling Israel out for ongoing opprobrium.

The previous rapporteur, Richard Falk, practised an odious and obvious form of anti-Semitism, never failing to accuse Israel of violations of human rights, while pleased to overlook the cynically brutal activities of Hamas in Gaza and Fatah incitement to violence in the West Bank leadership of the Palestinian Authority. The first choice to replace Richard Falk was another anti--Israel partisan, who loudly and publicly went out of her way to ensure that she would be known for her one-sided support of Palestinian 'rights'; hardly a neutral moderate.

A professor of law at Western University, Mr. Lynk has defended his record, complaining that those who condemn him have simply lifted statements he has made 'out of context', the favourite ruse of most who are pressed to the wall by evidence available on the public record of their preferences and biases. UN Watch experienced no difficulty examining his past record of alliances, naming him an "anti-Israel" partisan, with "an extreme anti-Western political agenda". In other words, a typical leftist academic.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed concerns relating to the appointment process itself, in that individuals are encouraged to apply for the Special Rapporteurs appointment in their own capacity, for there are no national nominations to fill the post, which would presumably come with the kind of careful vetting that would ensure that representative reflects the country's human rights values.  Lynk, said Minister Dion, "does not represent the views of this government."

As far as the candidate slate for the current position was concerned, the person who appeared before Mr. Lynk on the list, was a professor of law at Queen Mary University of London. As such Penny Green is a prominent advocate of the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement whose purpose is the isolation and deligitimazation of the State of Israel. She too was found to be totally unsuitable for the position she sought and was approved for.

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