Canada abandons Durban II

posted at 9:15 am on January 25, 2008 by Bryan

The UN’s first Durban Conference Against Racism, held in 2001, degenerated into a bash Israel and bash the US festival. The second, which is scheduled for next year, is shaping up to be a re-run of the same thing. Iran has a big role. Libya has a big role. Cuba has a big role. These are not countries that are known for their enlightened human rights policies. They are known for bashing Israel, past or present support of terrorism, and for being dictatorships. So they’re among the reasons Canada is walking away from the whole thing in protest.

The UN gave planning oversight for the conference to its Human Rights Council, which has targeted Israel in 14 of its 15 resolutions charging human-rights violations in its first two years of existence.

“We’ve tried to influence it so that we would not revisit the overt expressions of hatred which came out of the original conference,” said Kenney. “But we unfortunately ran into a brick wall.

“The process has been hijacked by those who would seek to replay the terrible experience of the first Durban conference.”

Iran was named to the organizing committee, Kenney noted.

“This is a country whose government has publicly expressed its desire to eliminate the only Jewish country in the world,” he said.

Furthermore, all of the non-governmental organizations invited to the first conference have been invited back to the second, including those that were at the “forefront of the hatred,” some of which posted pro-Hitler posters at the 2001 gathering.

Concluded Kenney: “If we felt there was any realistic chance that Canada could help to positively influence the process, we would stay involved. . . . By making this bold decision, Canada may send a wake-up call to the Durban organizers and other countries.”

Good for Canada. The UN’s entire Human Rights Commission needs to be either revamped, again, or scrapped. It continues to be what it was before the last reforms took place — a platform for Israel haters and America haters to spout hate. It doesn’t even attempt to safeguard anyone’s human rights. It just empowers racists and dictators.

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Jimmy the Dhimmi on January 25, 2008 at 9:16 AM

This is why we have to have an international approach to everything, I guess.

More unilateralism, please.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 25, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Now, if they could show the same backbone with their own HRC….

Kid from Brooklyn on January 25, 2008 at 9:20 AM

These are not countries that are known for their enlightened human rights policies.

Yes they do, Universal Health Care.

benrand on January 25, 2008 at 9:22 AM

In other Awesome Canada news:

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario – Danny Glover has been convicted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for trespassing in a hotel during a union rally in 2006. Glover, who wasn’t in court, was convicted Thursday along with UNITE HERE union representative Alex Dagg and Ontario Federation of Labour President Wayne Samuelson.

RightWinged on January 25, 2008 at 9:24 AM

After the insult to human intelligence that was The League of Nations, that miserable frog, the UN, should never have been allowed to spawn!

OldEnglish on January 25, 2008 at 9:33 AM

It’s about time someone did. The UN and the HRC council are a joke and someone needs to stand up to him (besides that one guy that is, I don’t remember his name but I’m sure all here have seen the video).

I haven’t known Canada to have a lot of backbone, but maybe they do after all. Now only if the UK would do the same I might actually think of going back there and visiting my relatives of the once great United Kingdom.

bentman78 on January 25, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Hey everyone: Hillel Neuer is back with a punch. Would make a good HotAir pick.

Baphomet on January 25, 2008 at 9:57 AM

bentman78, Canada has had years and years of Liberal Governments who have groveled and pandered to Islamists because they only have this one notion: ‘They are just like us’. Finally there is a Conservative Government in power, a minority one, but some backbone is starting to reveal itself. Thank God. That’s what Canada was.

Sounder on January 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM

How in the HELL do we allow this outrage known as the UN to remain on our shores, AND pay most of the bill? Can anyone explain that to me?

RWLA on January 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM

At tiny little reason to be proud, again. For something other than hockey (Go Canucks!)

Frozen Tex on January 25, 2008 at 10:02 AM

At tiny little reason to be proud, again. For something other than hockey (Go Canucks!)

But what about William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy?

thekingtut on January 25, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Thanks for posting this Bryan.

For the record, our Prime Minister Harper, although in a minority government, has been doing a fantastic job. There have been a few international conferences (global warming comes to mind) where Canada held out, played tough and ticked off the rest of the world.

Canadian Infidel on January 25, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Oh by the way, British PM Brown is still pushing for a New World Order (which anyone who’s been paying attention will know has been the UN’s intention for a while, which is what is behind “climate change”, “bird flu” (or whatever the disease of the year is this year), etc.)

Brown himself announced (months before even taking the reigns) that he thought we need a “New World Order” to deal with global warming. Looks like he’s not wasting any time…

RightWinged on January 25, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Anytime I read the phrase “human rights” I want to retch.

Blake on January 25, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Good for canada!

The whole UN needs to be scrapped not just the HRC.

Luckedout on January 25, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Do American Democrats tactically ignore Canada’s actions, or condemn them for “missing an historic opportunity yada yada yada…”?

eeyore on January 25, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Leonard Nimoy isn’t Canadian. He is, however, one of Us. (Shh. He’s a Jooooooo!)

Meryl Yourish on January 25, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Hillary/Maddie Albright: “Boo hoo! The rest of the world hates us.”

Translated: Boo freakin’ hoo. Libya, Iran, North Korea and Cuba hate us.

Not a problem, ladies.

Thanks Hosers! Keep your sticks on the ice.

whitetop on January 25, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Why did the nimrods assume that bringing all the nations of the world together, unconditionally, would create a force for good when half the governing bodies of the world are tyrannies?

It was originally a gathering to open channels of communication and has now been morphed by those who like the UN tilt to be the World Wise Council of Unelected Elders whose main job is to transfer sovereignity from us to them

The UN should be renamed Nations United by Shared Hatreds. Call it NUSH and flush it down the drain with other mistakes or at least move it to Libya or the Sudan and save us some tax dollars

entagor on January 25, 2008 at 12:32 PM

If nothing else…@ least throw the UN FKrs out of NYC.
a little developer-action & you got multi-trillion $ Condos!!!

lobosan5 on January 25, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Yay my Prime Minister, Stephen Harper: Well done.

Christoph on January 25, 2008 at 12:59 PM

I am pleasantly surprised by Canada’s actions, that is great news.
As for whoever formed the council in the first place, I’m not sure what they expected when they invited countries like Iran and Cuba to attend. These countries ought to be treated like the barbarians they are and given no platform or opportunity to participate at all.

4shoes on January 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM

I noticed in the comments on the piece that Canada was being savaged as a racist state for dropping out.

There seems to be a legion of jackals with western names making the most outlandish statements of stupidity and capriciousness. Even here on HA.

[email protected] on January 25, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Just when I think our neighbors have slipped too far the other way (see Ezra Levant), they go and redeem themselves like this.

This is actually a “hat trick” – (1) An appropriate message is sent, (2) because the Canadians said it, it actually has more meaning (at least for some countries), and (3) The CBC will have to really reach to blame George W. Bush and/or Washington…

darkpixel on January 25, 2008 at 4:47 PM

The UN doesn’t even try to hide it anymore, does it?

Kafir on January 25, 2008 at 8:09 PM