Another sign of failure for Human Rights Council in resolution on Lebanon

first_img The UN’s new Human Rights Council (HRC) has definitely begun badly. The special meeting on Lebanon on 11 August in Geneva was further illustration of this, in case there was any need after the chaotic inaugural session at the end of June and the equally depressing spectacle a few days later in the form of an initial special session on the Palestinian situation requested by the group of Arab states and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).Although hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel had been raging for nearly a month, these countries waited for a green light from the hastily-convened OIC special session on 3 August in Malaysia before demanding an HRC special session on Lebanon. The 16 countries that supported this request included China, Cuba and Russia, as a third of the council’s 47 members are needed to convene a special session. The outcome was a foregone conclusion. The resolution presented by a score of IOC countries that criticised only Israel was passed by 27 votes to 11 with 8 abstentions, and in the absence of Djibouti. Plus or minus one or two votes, the score was identical to the votes on the HRC’s previous two – equally one-sided – resolutions on the Palestinian situation.It was a repeat of the worst moments of the defunct Human Rights Commission, whose shortcomings and excesses the new council is supposed to address, with an automatic, blocking majority imposing its will and doing as it pleases. What’s more, the council, which is an offshoot of the General Assembly, had not hesitated to hold a special session on the same day that the Security Council was examining the situation in Lebanon and was poised to adopt resolution 1701 calling for a cessation of hostilities. This was a flagrant breach of article 12 of the UN Charter, which says: “While the Security Council is exercising in respect of any dispute or situation the functions assigned to it in the present Charter, the General Assembly shall not make any recommendation with regard to that dispute or situation unless the Security Council so requests.”The HRC meanwhile indulged in sterile excesses without any relation to the reality on the ground. Rejecting the least debate on this serious issue and refusing to consider the substance of any amendments, the resolution’s promoters turned the special session into a series of monologues and declamations in complete isolation from the outside world. The resolution condemned Israel unilaterally without the least reference to Hezbollah attacks on civilian targets in northern Israel. At most, a paragraph added by Pakistan to the initial draft urged all the parties involved to respect the rules of international humanitarian law.In the only positive point, the resolution said the council was “concerned at the targeting of communication and media networks in Lebanon.” It was decided to urgently dispatch a commission of enquiry to investigate “the systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel in Lebanon.” The resolution took absolutely no account of Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour’s call for an investigation not only into the Israeli air strikes but also into the firing of rockets into northern Israel and the “repeated allegations of the use of human shields by Hezbollah.”Explaining its vote against the resolution, Finland said on behalf of the European Union that it regretted that the text dealt with the concerns of only one of the parties. France deplored that fact that it had not been possible to discuss the content of the resolution, in order to make it more even-handed: “We hoped the Council’s creation would be a new departure for the treatment of human rights issues, and we do not accept that a resolution should be presented on a basis of take it or leave it.”From the outset, Canada and the United States – which were there simply as observers – rejected any consideration of the resolution as “pointless and counter-productive” inasmuch as it could undermine the Security Council’s efforts. Four African countries (Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana and Nigeria) abstained as they felt the HRC did not show the same interest in Africa’s recurring tragedies such as Darfur.The UN’s new-style Human Rights Council is doing its utmost to perpetuate the excesses that sank the Human Rights Commission, taking the same perverse road of exploiting human rights for political ends. Already weakened by growing divisions, the council is falling into the UN routine of taking every opportunity to get bogged down in rhetoric and generate piles of useless documents. It may already be time to say: “Too bad.”Jean-Claude Buhrer, journalist, for Reporters Without Borders Organisation August 12, 2006 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Another sign of failure for Human Rights Council in resolution on Lebanon RSF_en Convened by the group of Arab states, the UN’s new Human Rights Council adopted, without any debate, a resolution on Lebanon that said nothing about Hezbollah’s rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. Reporters Without Borders condemns this use of the council for political ends. News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Network Ireland brings a different kind of resilience to Thomond Park

first_imgLimerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Limerick on Covid watch list Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin Facebook Twitter Mary Killeen Fitzgerald, Limerick LEO; former rugby international Fiona Steed and Network Ireland President Helen Wycherley at the launch of the International Women’s Day event in Thomond Park.Photo: Brian ArthurAS THE home of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park has seen its fair share of endurance and determination on the sporting front.On Friday, March 8  it will be the venue for a major event to mark International Women’s Day when the focus will be on building a different kind of resilience.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Hosted by Network Ireland, the Women in Business conference will be attended by hundreds of budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non-profits, charities, arts and the public sector.Network Ireland’s International Women’s Day event normally takes place in Dublin but its president Helen Wycherley, who has strong ties with Limerick and Munster Rugby, decided to move the location to Thomond Park.Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Limerick said that the event would strengthen the partnership between LEO Limerick and Network Ireland.Speakers include former Ireland rugby international, Fiona Steed and performance coach, Gerry Hussey. The event MC is journalist Deirdre O’Shaughnessy. The theme for this year’s conference is #BuildingResilience.President of Network Ireland, Helen Wycherley said: “We want to focus on #BuildingResilience – for ourselves and our businesses. It is important to develop a positive and resilient mind-set to conquer the challenges we as businesswomen encounter. Our celebration of International Women’s Day will be a fantastic, inspiring, fun event for all with endless opportunity for learning and connecting with other women in business from across the country.”“Through my presidency of Network Ireland, I want to help women to fulfil their potential by empowering them to step up and do more. That is why I’ve chosen #StepUp as the theme for 2019.“I want to help and support our members, to do more and be more. So this year will be all about empowering women to step up to the challenge, to be ready to seize opportunities as they arise, to be confident and go for that promotion, apply for that grant application, go on State boards or take more risks and to say “I can” not “I might” or “maybe”.Tickets for the event are available at https://networkirelandiwd2019.eventbrite.ieby Rebecca [email protected] Email Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic BusinessNewsNetwork Ireland brings a different kind of resilience to Thomond ParkBy Staff Reporter – February 19, 2019 2849 TAGSbusinessEventLimerick City and CountyNews Previous articleCall for directly elected Mayors to be given executive powersNext articleAaron Gillane, Power Plays and Peaking Early: Talking Points from Nowlan Park conquest Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up last_img read more