Hillary Clinton in Geneva tomorrow: Will she stop Swiss nomination of U.N.'s leading anti-American and anti-Israel official?
News: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets in Geneva tomorrow with Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, whose government has just nominated Jean Ziegler--a former Swiss politician notorious for his anti-American books, giving a prize to a French Holocaust denier, and apologetics for Libya’s Qaddafi regime--to a U.N. human rights post. Ziegler is a longtime Socialist party confidante of Ms. Calmy-Rey.
We support America’s new decision to participate in the UN Human Rights Council, but only if its presence will be used to fight and defeat such perversions of human rights. As the darling of the council's ruling Arab and Third World blocs, Ziegler's re-election is virtually assured. Only pressure from Secretary Clinton, supported by other voices of reason, can stop Swiss Foreign Minister Calmy-Rey from pursing this outrageous nomination. Click Here to Take Action
Analysis: Astonishing to believe — but at the U.N., too often, not too astonishing for it not to happen. Jean Ziegler has a long history of supporting unsavory rulers and regimes, including some of the world's worst human rights violators. As U.N. hunger expert from 200 to 2007, he ignored regions with the most severe food crises, and instead devoted his time to anti-Western and anti-Israel polemics.
As documented in this UN Watch essay, Jean Ziegler is:
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