- Update:Â Joining Canada, Israel, Italy, the United States, and Australia:Â Sweden to boycott UN racism conference.
- This is great to watch, as country after country refuses to take part in the United Nations’ hatefest masquerading as an “anti-racism” conference:Â Germany joins boycotters of UN racism meeting.
- Â Netherlands refuses to attend UN racism conference.
The right decision, albeitÂ made later than it should have been:
The UNs Durban II Hate-FestÂ Â (Canada Free Press)
Just how did an international “human rights conference” become the joke that it is?
The Durban Review Conference is supposed to work towards reducing racism, xenophobia and discrimination. But it has been mired in controversy since the 2001 meeting saw Israel and the US walk out over anti-Semitic comments made by some delegates.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says he has decided not to go to the conference because he is concerned it will again be used to air offensive views.
“Regrettably, we cannot be confident that the review conference will not again be used as a platform to air offensive views, including anti-Semitic views,” he said in a statement. “Of additional concern are the suggestions of some delegations in the Durban process to limit the universal right to free speech.”
It says something sick about the UN that a conference to fight racism is actually a conference to promote it. So what was Australia waiting for before finally pulling out of a farce it should have repudiated many weeks earlier? Here’s an announcement for the day before:
The United States will boycott next week’s United Nations conference on racismÂ in Geneva because of “objectionable” language in the meeting’s final document, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday.
Kevin Rudd hoped to make his stand (and placate a furious Jewish consituency) only after others had made it first, in the hope that he’d thus be forgiven more easily by the African and Middle Eastern countries that he’ll need for his UN ambitions.
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- Rudd withholds the truth
- “It seems pretty clear it was a petrol explosion,” the source said. ”We believe it was a closed-deck, in-board explosion, possibly deliberate.”