Above is a picture of a child who Sudan’s President Bashir TRIED to kill.
See below the press release from the UN Watch. It was obscene to think that President Bashir would have his country on the UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. As you know from my previous multiple posts on the Sudan and South Sudan, President Bashir is under indictment now in the International Criminal Court for genocide and more — and currently has slaughtered and is trying to slaughter his own citizens in the Nuba Mountain Region. Scroll back through GretaWire for posts about this crisis.
Shamed Sudan Pulls Out After Campaign
by Human Right NGOs led by Mia Farrow
UN Watch sounded the alarm, filed legal protest, submitted appeal by 30 rights groups to 193 countries, organized online petition sending
3,000 messages to Sudanese UN mission
Group now shifts focus to candidacies of Venezuela and Pakistan
GENEVA, Sept. 3 – In a rare victory for activists seeking to bar abuser states from the U.N. Human Rights Council, Sudan dropped its bid following a massive NGO campaign chaired by Mia Farrow and organized by the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch.
The UN Watch offensive included the filing of a legal objection, an appeal by 30 human rights NGOs, the dispatch of letters to nine foreign ministers and 193 U.N. missions, a Facebook and online campaign that sent 3,000 messages to Sudan’s UN envoy, and to U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, who in turn pressured the Khartoum regime.
UN Watch had also filed an application with the City of New York for a mass protest rally in front of the UN on Nov. 12, the day the UN elects new council members. UN Watch first exposed Sudan’s bid last month, prompting media coverage by FOX News TV, Agence France Presse and Canada’s National Post, among others.
UN Watch commended Mia Farrow, the members of the NGO coalition, and the U.S. government for their role in convincing Sudan that further shaming of the regime, and the prospect of losing in the face of a competing Kenyan bid, was not worth the trouble.
“Regrettably, however, the hypocrisy-ridden council already includes such systematic abusers of human rights as China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. Mauritania, which according to a recent Guardian article allows 800,000 people to live in modern-day slavery, is another voting member,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.
Human rights groups are also protesting the candidacies of Venezuela and Pakistan, both of whom are running uncontested in their regional groups, and therefore expected to be elected by massive majorities on Nov. 12.
In response to UN Watch’s appeal for diplomatic action to block the Chavez bid, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton reiterated in a letter the council’s membership criteria and vowed to follow developments in Venezuela “very closely.” The U.S. and other democracies, however, have yet to speak out.
UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization founded in 1993 to monitor UN compliance with the principles of its Charter. It is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).