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Wiesenthal Center Denounces Controversial Appointment to UN Human Rights Body

March 27, 2008


The Simon Wiesenthal Center today denounced the election of Swiss writer Jean Ziegler as one of 18 “expert” counselors to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.  Ziegler in the past has not only praised dictators as Libya’s Ghaddafi, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe and North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, but also notorious Holocaust denier Roger Gaurady whom he called, “one of the leading thinkers of our time.”
"Ziegler's election represents everything wrong and inherently biased and broken about the UNHRC,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. “Today the forces of extremism in the Middle East feel further empowered by a person who has given them a moral free pass to use terror against Israelis,” he added.
Also elected to the Council was Robert Falk, a professor emeritus from Princeton who has compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the Holocaust.
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