Hillel Neuer
International human rights lawyer, writer & activist

10 Basic Questions for Ban Ki-moon as He Visits Canada

As UN chief Ban Ki-moon continues his high-profile visit to Canada today with an address at McGill University, my alma mater, I hope students will ask Mr. Ban 10 basic questions concerning U.N. actions over the past year, which new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to ask yesterday:

10: If the UN supports women’s rights, why did they elect mysoginistic Iran to the board of UN Women?

9: Given warnings of genocide by Burundi, why did the UN just elect that regime as a member of its Human Rights Council?

8: If the UN cares about children’s rights, why did they cover up peacekeepers’ rape of children in Central African Republic—and then punish and suspend the one official who tried to stop the abuse?

7: If the UN believes in ethics and good government, why UN General Assembly past president John Ashe just arrested for “selling himself and the global institution he led” by allegedly pocketing more than $1 million in bribes to finance a luxury spending spree, which included Rolex watches, custom suits, a BMW, and a private basketball court?

6: If the UN cares about genocide why did UNESCO elect genocidal Sudan to a leadership post?

5: If the UN Charter promises equality, why does the UNGA condemn Israel 20 times a year, with 3 times for the rest of the world combined?

4: Why was an Algerian dipomat who notoriously campaigned to muzzle UN rights experts just now himself elected a UN rights expert?

3: After the deadly Islamist terror attacks in Paris, why did UN expert Alfred de Zayas try to blame France and the West?

2. Why on Feb. 25th is the UN planning to reelect Syria to a leadership post on the Decolonization Committee, which aims to end the “subjugation of peoples”?

1: Why did the UN recently elect Saudi Arabia to behead of a UN Human Rights Council panel that names human rights experts?

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Saudi Arabia's Ambassador Faisal bin Hassan Trad (left) was selected in 2015 to become Chair of the UN Human Rights Council panel on choosing UN rights experts. Mr. Michael Møller (right) is the Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Photo by Pierre Albouy.
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Faisal bin Hassan Trad (left) was selected in 2015 to become Chair of the UN Human Rights Council panel on choosing UN rights experts. Mr. Michael Møller (right) is the Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Photo by Pierre Albouy.
About the Author
Hillel Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization in Geneva, Switzerland. An international lawyer, Neuer has been described by the Tribune de Genève as a human rights activist who is “feared and dreaded” by the world’s dictatorships. Israel's Ma’ariv newspaper ranked Neuer as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Jewish People in the World.” Hillel Neuer is a renowned speaker who has published widely, testified before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, and appeared on CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera. On September 14, 2016, the City of Chicago adopted a resolution declaring “Hillel Neuer Day” in recognition of his work as “one of the world’s foremost human rights advocates.” In June 2018, McGill University awarded Neuer with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, citing his work as “an innovator” in “creating global platforms for courageous dissidents and champions of human rights from around the world,” and for being “a passionate advocate for human rights, fighting tirelessly against discrimination, torture, and injustice."
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