Canadian Conservatives call on Trudeau to disqualify leading anti-Israeli candidates for UN rapporteur for Palestine. (Cijnews).
MP Tony Clement, the Official Opposition Critic on Foreign Affairs, and MP Peter Kent, the Official Opposition Deputy Critic on Foreign Affairs, sent on March 15, 2016 an open letter to the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to strongly advocate for the disqualification of two of the eligible candidates for the position of “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967”.
Clement and Kent noted that the two leading candidates, Penny Green and Michael Lynk, have both promoted extreme anti-Israeli views. Here are excerpts of their open letter:
“According to UN Watch, Ms. Green has posted tweets accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” and has compared Israel to the Islamic State.
“Michael Lynk, a Canadian who is currently the second ranked candidate, plays a leading role in the Canadian Palestinian Education Exchange (CEPAL), a group which promotes “Israeli Apartheid Week” events, addresses “One State” conferences which seek to eliminate Israel, and calls for the prosecution of Israel for war crimes. Mr. Lynk also blamed the events of 9/11 on “global inequalities” and “disregard by Western nations for the international rule of law.”
The rules of the UN Human Rights Council are clearly defined in resolution 5/1 and 16/21 – the criteria of “impartiality” and “objectivity” are to be of “paramount importance” when selecting and appointing mandate-holders.Ms. Green and Mr. Lynk should have been disqualified from the outset. Read the full story here.