Published On: Fri, Apr 10th, 2020

World news: Leftists allying with dictators claims Hillel Neuer from UN Watch | World | News


The claim was made by Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of the Geneva based UN Watch. UN Watch seeks to monitor and counter the efforts of authoritarian regimes to gain influence through UN institutions.

Current members of the UN’s Human Right’s council include countries with deeply questionable human rights records such as Venezuela, Libya and Qatar.

Past members in the last few years have included China, Cuba and Russia.

Speaking to Express.co.uk Mr Neuer said: “The far-left in a given society, lets say Britain or other European countries or the United States, their agenda typically fails at the ballot box.

They were unable to get the population in their countries to vote and support their views.

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“The radical left is basically sacrificing all of their main principles” (Image: GETTY/United Nations)

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The UN human rights council in Geneva (Image: GETTY)

“But suddenly they could do an alliance. A very toxic alliance, you might call it the red-green alliance, where the radical left in western countries shares something with the worst dictatorships – they’re both against the west.

“If you are a radical left activist in Britain or Europe you are anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-western and you believe the worst enemy in society today is capitalism – that’s who you’re fighting against.

“So you go to the UN and you’ll find China, Cuba, Venezuela – they’re all too happy to appoint your favourite radical left activist as a UN special rapporteur.”

Just days ago a Chinese delegate was appointed to the UN Human Rights Council consultative group for the Asia Pacific region.

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Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan al Saud speaking to the UN Human Rights Council (Image: GETTY)

The group is responsible for vetting candidates who will report on issues including freedom of speech and freedom of religion in the region.

China is a one party state where critics of the regime are regularly arrested and imprisoned, whilst religious minorities allege systematic persecution.

Mr Neuer claimed dictators are using the UN apparatus to gain the appearance of legitimacy and pre-empt criticism.

He commented: “The United Nations created 75 years ago in the aftermath of World War II was founded with great idealism.

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The UN headquarters in New York (Image: GETTY)

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President Trump addressing the UN (Image: GETTY)

“It was founded with great optimism but it is a political body and overtime many dictatorships realised that the best way to secure their interests was to make sure they have a seat at the table.

They pushed very hard, countries like China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia have been almost every year on the UN Human Rights council except when they need to leave for a year because of term limits. Venezuela sits there, Pakistan, Libya and so forth.

“They’re there because they realise the United Nations does have significance. They do seek a false badge of international legitimacy.

“They go into political deals. They make trades whether it’s using political assets, financial assets, all kinds of shady deals, in order to secure their spot at the table.

“That’s why the irony is when there’s elections for the human rights council the worst dictatorships are the ones that are most aggressively pushing to obtain a seat and regrettably all too often they succeed.”

UN Watch was founded in 1993 to “monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter”.

Mr Neuer argued the hard-left allying with ultra-reactionary groups, provided they identify as anti-western, goes a long way beyond the UN.

He said: “In the past two decades, from around the time of 9/11 and afterwards, you would routinely find in Britain at some kind of stop the war rally radical left-wing activists who’s supposed values and ideals are equality, marching arm in arm with Hamas and Hezbollah supporters who are the most fascist, fundamentalist and racist elements in society today.

“The Hamas charter is an anti-Semitic text. They don’t hide these things.

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“The Hamas charter is an anti-Semitic text” (Image: GETTY)

“The fact that the radical left is basically sacrificing all of their main principles – equality of women, gays, anti-racism – to join hands with as Jeremy Corbyn said “my friends” from Hamas, “my friends” from Hezbollah, this is not rational.

“We have to understand that in life although various political groups proport to have all sorts of principles and rational policies that guide them in truth things in life don’t always work that way and you have to look at outcomes to discern our true motives.

“If the outcome is that you are marching arm in arm with Hamas and Hezbollah supporters, and your actions empower those who openly seek to murder Jews, who do it and say they want to do it more, then maybe that is your motive.”

 



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