UN Ignores Islam-based FGM, Honor Killings and Under-Aged Marriage

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Ever wonder why the UN Human Rights Commission doesn’t do much about violence against women?  This video of the commission’s meeting with a concerned NGO will explain it is painful detail: Simple explanation; Islam may not be linked with ANY bad “traditions”, period, end of statement.

Littman UN video rev 4 from Vlad Tepes on Vimeo.

Watch it all, it is worth it!  Get ready to applaud the “point of Order” by the German delegate!!!

From the “It is a step in the right direction” file: Draft for racism meeting drops Israel criticism

By FRANK JORDANS – 6 hours ago

GENEVA (AP) — Muslim-backed references to Israel and the “defamation of religion” have been dropped from a draft declaration being prepared for next month’s world racism meeting, United Nations officials said Tuesday.

The United States and the 27-nation European Union have threatened to boycott the April 20-25 meeting in Geneva unless Muslim countries back down from demands to limit free speech that criticizes Islam or other faiths. They also objected to passages that singled out Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.

The draft declaration now speaks only of concern about the “negative stereotyping of religions” while omitting direct references to Israel.

“We believe this shortened text represents a solid and meaningful basis for negotiations by member states toward a positive outcome for the conference,” said Doune Porter, a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office in Geneva.

Western diplomats declined to comment immediately on the new draft, except to indicate that it appeared to go in the right direction.

The meeting is designed to review progress in fighting racism since the global body’s first such conference eight years ago in Durban, South Africa. The 2001 event was dominated by clashes over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery, and U.N. officials have expressed alarm that the follow-up conference could collapse over the same issues.

Israel and Canada had already said they would boycott the meeting.

U.N. Watch, a lobby group affiliated with the American Jewish Committee, said the changes were welcome, but cautioned that some of the language in the draft was still problematic.

“Numerous red lines are breached,” said the group’s executive director Hillel Neuer, noting that a Dutch demand for references to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation had been removed.

The draft also promotes the idea that religions themselves — not just their believers — deserve to be protected under human rights law, he said.

Obama MAy have stumbled but I am still giving him the benefit

The Obama Administration Double-Deals On Israel
Anne Bayefsky, 03.01.09, 01:59 PM EST
Anti-Semitism, ‘Islamophobia,’ Durban II and the U.N.

(HH here: lets start off by saying that I do not agree with the spin on this article. It does contain valuable information however and even the author has trouble completely convincing herself of her own premise. I continue to see Obama trying to use the power of the U.S. constructively if possible. But a note to those who still think him traitor; another drone killed 8 militants in Pakistan shortly after Obama’s envoy spoke with the Pakistani leadership. MY take is that he is exploring WHETHER the U.S. can actually moderate the extremes of Durban and return it to it’s original intent:; human rights. IF Obama engages, fails and stages a walkout it will damage the conference more than if he stayed away altogether. I am not happy about the lack of provisions about holocaust denial but that can be added later. I am sure the administration is watching closely to see just how much influence we can have before dropping the whole thing. You can Read the whole article by clicking on the post title. Forbes in it’s wisdom demands a registration. Use mine! the name is thorin oakenshield iV and the password is password.)

Durban II, scheduled for Geneva in April, is the U.N.’s attempt at a rerun of the 2001 global anti-Semitic hate fest held in Durban, South Africa.

After sowing confusion over the phone lines, the State Department chose late Friday night to put the real deal in print. Their release reads: “the current text of the draft outcome document is not salvageable,” and “the United States will not … participate in a conference based on this text,” but we will “re-engage if a document that meets [our] criteria becomes the basis for deliberations.” A new version must be: “shorter,” “not reaffirm in toto the flawed 2001 Durban Declaration,” “not single out any one country or conflict,” and “not embrace the troubling concept of “defamation of religion.”

And by the way, it continued, the U.S. will “participate” for the first time in the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The Durban Declaration claims that Palestinians are victims of Israeli racism; with Israel the only U.N. state charged with racism. The end game, as 2001 attendee Yasser Arafat made plain, is to analogize Israel to apartheid South Africa, pile on political isolation and sanctions and defeat Israel politically, if not militarily. The purpose of Durban II, as decided in August 2007 with the consent of the European Union, is to “foster the implementation of the Durban Declaration.” In January of this year, the E.U. agreed to “reaffirm” the Durban Declaration “as it was adopted at the 2001 World Conference.” Durban II cannot be salvaged; its very raison d’être includes demonizing Israel.

In fact, Obama’s four deal-breakers do not include many other troubling provisions still on Durban II’s negotiating table. These include: questioning the veracity of the Holocaust, a variety of attacks on freedom of expression in addition to “defamation of religion,” and incendiary claims of “Islamophobia”–the general allegation of a racist Western plot to discriminate against all Muslims.

The administration’s decision to slip in the Human Rights Council as a consolation prize for Durban enthusiasts is an attempt to downplay a major move. State Department officials intimated that they intend not only to observe but to run for a seat–subject to the “likelihood of successful elections.” Council members and human rights gurus, like China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are sure to welcome the instant legitimacy provided by U.S. participation. The Council–controlled by the Organization of the Islamic Conference–has adopted more condemnations of Israel than all other 191 U.N. states combined, while terminating human rights investigations on the likes of Iran, Cuba and Belarus. Obama’s move denies the opportunity to leverage the prospect of American membership to insist on reform.

U.S. pulling out of ‘Durban II’ conference (Yipee!)

(HH here: Again Obama does the right thing!!! I voted for McCain myself but have been, over all, very please SO FAR with the OVERALL actions of the new administration. I have been quite dismayed to see those that I hoped where in a “mostly moderate” camp turn rabid in the hostility of their analysis since Obama took office. Every action Obama takes to show that he is willing to talk before resorting to force is seen as though it is the culmination of Bush policy instead of the beginning of Obama policy. Do you expect him to declare a secular holy war against any and all Muslims? If not then we need to work out what steps to take. Yes people like Hamas are ready to negotiate because they are weak now. But that means that the West can press harder for settlement and Obama can use any NEW violations AFTER OBAMA has held out his hand as just cause to put the boot in if needed later. Give him that elbow room! This decision proves he is not as Loony Left as people like Rush WANT him to be for their own ego’s fulfilment!!!!!)

By Ron Kampeas · February 27, 2009

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration has decided to boycott the so-called Durban II conference out of concerns for anti-Semitism.

Multiple sources on a conference call with the White House on Friday told JTA that the Obama administration had opted not to attend any further preparatory meetings ahead of the planned U.N. conference against racism in Geneva in April.

The conference reprises the 2001 conference in Durban, South Africa that devolved into an anti-Jewish free-for-all. Canada and Israel have opted not to attend the conference, and some U.S. Jewish groups had been pressing the United States to do the same.

Preparations for a draft document so far have seen Iran leading a coterie of nations blocking inclusion of anything that might guarantee Jewish protections – including mention of the Holocaust – while inserting draconian language guarding Islam against “insult.”