Citizen Action Monitor

Dion asks UN to review appointment of Canadian prof as Special Rapporteur on Palestine

Seeks reassurance prof has track record “that can advance peace.” Dare one ask what the pro-Israel Liberal record is for advancing peace in the region?

No 1626 Posted by fw, March 28, 2016

“Following recent votes in the United Nations in November, it looks like Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is continuing a hard-line pro-Israel stance that was a major staple of the previous Harper government’s foreign policy.” (Source: Trudeau puts friendlier face on same pro-Israel position by Paul Weinberg, rabble.ca, December 14, 2015)

“Dion made his call in a tweet on Friday: “We call on @UN_HRC President to review this appointment & ensure Special Rapporteur has track record that can advance peace in region #HRC 1:06 PM – 25 Mar 2016. The message follows criticism by Jewish groups and the opposition who accused Lynk of having a long-held and public bias against Israel. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs issued a statement Thursday condemning Lynk’s appointment, and Conservative MP Tony Clement echoed the group’s sentiments. Dion did not elaborate on Twitter, but the minister’s office said he is concerned about past statements Lynk has made, noting that the Ontario professor would have applied on his own to be a UN Special Rapporteur.”Canadian Press/CTV News

Was there ever a more blatant display of hypocrisy? The brazenly pro-Israel Liberals joining a chorus of Jewish groups and Tories to criticize the appointment of a Canadian professor to be a UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, alleging his anti-Israel bias. Heaven forbid that the prof might “carry out his responsibilities impartially and in keeping with international law.”

Is it the “international law” phrase that has the pro-Israel crowd so concerned?

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Dion asks UN to review appointment of Canadian as special rapporteur on Palestine by The Canadian Press / CTV News, March 25, 2016

OTTAWA — Canada’s foreign affairs minister is questioning the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job.

Stephane Dion is calling on the UN Human Rights Council to review the appointment of Western University law professor Michael Lynk as its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine.

Dion made his call in a tweet on Friday.

Stéphane Dion

✔ @MinCanadaFA

We call on @UN_HRC President to review this appointment & ensure Special Rapporteur has track record that can advance peace in region #HRC

1:06 PM – 25 Mar 2016

The message follows criticism by Jewish groups and the opposition who accused Lynk of having a long-held and public bias against Israel.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs issued a statement Thursday condemning Lynk’s appointment, and Conservative MP Tony Clement echoed the group’s sentiments.

Dion did not elaborate on Twitter, but the minister’s office said he is concerned about past statements Lynk has made, noting that the Ontario professor would have applied on his own to be a UN Special Rapporteur.

“They are not nominated by their states and anyone can apply directly to the UN; this candidate was not put forward by Canada and does not represent the views of this government,” Dion’s office said in an emailed statement.

The statement also said Canada’s UN ambassador made it clear the human rights council should appoint a “professional, neutral and credible” candidate.

Lynk did not immediately respond to an email about Dion’s concerns.

He said on Thursday that he was aware of the controversy around his appointment but contended that his writings and views were being misrepresented.

The professor declined further comment but said he would speak further once he had the chance to confer with the UN over the details of his new position.

Lynk said he was delighted to be chosen for the role and would carry out his responsibilities impartially and in keeping with international law.

Clement called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to apply pressure against Lynk’s selection by the president of the UN Human Rights Council.

He said in a statement that Lynk has called for the prosecution of Israel for war crimes.

The UN’s website says a special rapporteur’s job is to examine and report back on the human rights situation in a specific country or a specific human rights theme. The position is honorary and the appointees are not paid or UN staff.

SEE ALSO

United Nations Special Rapporteur by Wikipedia — The mandate by the United Nations has been to “examine, monitor, advise, and publicly report” on human rights problems through “activities undertaken by special procedures, including responding to individual complaints, psychological operations and manipulation via the controlled media and academia, conducting studies, providing advice on technical cooperation at the country level…. Appointed by the Human Rights Council of the UN, these mandate-holders act independently of governments and as such are free to circumvent sovereign nations and democratically elected governments and policiesContinue reading by clicking on the above linked title…

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