Archive for the ‘UN’ Category
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected a U.N. panel’s report alleging that police in China used torture, calling the accusations “untrue and slanderous” and saying some panel members were prejudiced against Beijing.
The U.N. Committee against Torture said it was “deeply concerned about the continued allegations, corroborated by numerous Chinese legal sources, of the routine and widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of suspects in police custody, especially to extract confessions or information to be used in criminal proceedings,” in a 15-page report released Friday in Geneva.
Qin Gang, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, said some members of the committee were “prejudiced” against China, had ignored evidence presented by the Chinese government on the issue of torture and were citing unverified or fabricated information.
“They put untrue and slanderous comments into the committee’s final conclusion, which lacks justice and professional objectiveness, against which China firmly opposes,” Qin said, according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry’s Web site.
Yes, hmm, if they don’t like us, it’s because they are very bad people, because Communist China has sooo much respect for Human Rights… :(
United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann (former Sandinista foreign minister and recipient of the International Lenin Peace Prize) said on Tuesday [November 11] that the world body should ban defamation of all religions and disagreed that such a move would impinge upon freedom of speech.
“Yes, I believe that defamation of religion should be banned,” he said in response to a question at a press conference to highlight the interfaith conference at the UN headquarters. No one should try to defame Islam or any other religion, he said, adding: “We should respect all religions.”
The problem is that:
(…) there is a thinly veiled agenda at work here: “a global law to punish blasphemy — a campaign championed by the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference that puts the rights of religions ahead of individual liberties.”
(…) last week’s UN get-together’s document goes on to emphasize the “special duties and responsibilities necessary
for the respect of the rights or reputations of others, protection of
national security or of public order, or of public health and morals.”
Again they are pushing for the global blasphemy law.
- Muslims Against Sharia Blog Writes about OIC resolution against “Defamation of Religions”.
- Report of Arrakis: Defamation of Religion Document Rejected by UN.
- Nasser Khader calls on Denmark to condemn Islamism at Durban II.
- More on the UN resolutions on the “defamation of religions”.
- Durban II: anti-Western and anti-Semitic feelings á la carte.
- UNHRC advises Britain.
- Petition against the UN resolutions about the “defamations of religions”.
As Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo prepares for the unveiling of his most gigantic work so far at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, he is at the height of his artistic glory.
Only a political squabble over the cost of the art work is casting a shadow over the ceremony, which will be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Tuesday, November 18.
Barcelo, who is being compared with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Joan Miro (1893-1983), worked for 13 months on redecorating a negotiating room which will now be known as the Chamber for Human Rights and the Alliance of Civilizations. The Alliance of Civilizations project was launched by Zapatero and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to improve dialogue between the West and the Muslim world in 2006.
(…) The budget to renovate the room amounted to nearly 20 million euros (25 million dollars), 60 per cent of which was covered by Spanish sponsors.
The rest was given by the government, including 500,000 euros that were lifted from a development aid fund.
‘Art has no price,’ Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said, eliciting criticism from the conservative opposition which said the same money could have been used for vaccinating children or opening water holes in developing countries.
Don’t think this needs any comments… It’s a shame.
When Barack Obama said he’d like to “spread the wealth around,” he was widely understood to be talking about redistributing income within the U.S. But there’s another arena in which Obama fans are waiting impatiently for the promised wealth-spreading–the United Nations.
The danger here is not only graft and waste but the ease with which the U.N. collective, with its majority of nonfree member states, lends itself to support for dictatorships, money laundering and questionable transfers of technology and goods to rogue regimes (all of which emerged in investigations into both the U.N.’s 1996-2003 Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, and its more recent Cash-for-Kim scandal in North Korea).
Obama is promising upfront that by 2012 he’d be tossing at least $50 billion a year into this pit. If, as president, he signs onto the full U.N. program, the tab for American taxpayers over the next four years could total well over $300 billion.
Hmm, I see, this black woman must be a UN worker!! It’s the only logical explanation… :mrgreen:
Suicide bombers struck targets across northern Somalia on Wednesday, including a U.N. compound, officials said. There were deaths and dozens of injuries, but an exact figure was still unclear.
“We are still counting the bodies,” said Ismail Adani, a spokesman for the government of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, where bombers hit the U.N. compound, the Ethiopian Consulate and the presidential palace.
Suicide bombers also attacked two intelligence facilities in the northern Somali region of Puntland on Wednesday. The two suicide bombers died in the attack and six security officials were wounded, said Muse Gelle Yusuf, governor of Somalia’s northern port city of Bossaso. The region is a hotbed of abductions and piracy.
UPDATE: 19 killed in 3 terrorist attacks.
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference has secured a deal in which they will withdraw their opposition to a Brazilian gay NGO gaining accredited status at the UN in return for a ban on gay, lesbian or transgender issues being discussed.
We would have to consider the reactions IF this agreement would have been reached by any Christian denomination…
According to internal documents examined by FOX News, the U.N. has roughly $2.4 billion in unpaid retirement health insurance obligations for its staff alone, as of the end of 2007. When the sprawling U.N. system of programs and organizations around the world is thrown in, the total could be more than $4.9 billion, as tallied in a March 2007 report.
Not all parts of the U.N. universe are equally affected by the health insurance crisis. The $5 billion United Nations Development Program, for example, had a liability of roughly $466 million at the end of 2007, but has since funded more than half of it. At the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the liability hit was $308 million, at a time when the agency’s global expenditures have been rapidly increasing.
The U.N.’s health insurance deficit is similar to problems that have threatened to crush private sector organizations. U.S. automakers, which granted gold-plated pension deals to their retiring employees years ago, are still struggling to fund those payments, even as American car sales have dwindled.
Hmm, so we are in a crisis… but looks like that UN is, in itself, THE crisis. What about using the money we put into huge international organizations with no financial control from citizens, into the financial market to make citizens richer and not just those bureaucrats?
It’s a small victory for the defenders of free expression. The concept of defamation of religion promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and some African countries did not find favor in the Human Rights Council. It was this theme that concerned all member states this Spring and remains an issue that threatens the follow-up conference on racism (Durban II) which will be held in Geneva next April. If the Council cedes this point, warn certain Western nations ‘it is the end of the Council’s credibility’. On Thursday, Githu Muigai, the Special Rapporteur for contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, found it was not necessary to promote the sociological concept of defamation of religion but rather to adhere to juridical norms when it comes to inciting racial or religious hatred.
Well, this is something… let’s see how much time they can defend this against the Islamists…