Issue 58: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Next Wednesday, on November 29th, the UN will observe its annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Analysis: The past month has seen a number of UN bodies yet again assign unconditional blame to Israel for the violence in the Middle East. And November 29th celebrations – to be held …

Issue 47: The first Preparatory Committee for the World Conference Against Racism; and the International Red Cross Movement convenes an International Conference

The first Preparatory Committee for next year’s World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance has just concluded at the UN in Geneva. Debate was plentiful during this session of limited results. Analysis: Much remains to be done in the 15 months leading up to the …

Issue 45: Time to Reexamine the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories

With only two weeks left of this year’s Commission on Human Rights, time is running out to address fundamental problems in the mandate of at least one Special Rapporteur. Analysis: Commission mechanisms are there to encourage respect for international human rights norms. They exist to monitor situations …

Issue 37: The 22nd annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

November 29 will mark the 22nd annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, to be observed with concurrent UN ceremonies in Geneva, Vienna, and New York. Analysis: This Day is an anachronism, repeating a time-worn agenda that is divorced from the realities of advancing Middle East peace. …

Issue 35: Israel very close to gaining admission to the Western European and Others Group

It seems Israel is very close to gaining admission to the Western European and Others Group, one of the five geographical groupings at the United Nations. Now only one or two European states appear to be blocking Israel’s inclusion. Analysis: An important group system exists within the UN to facilitate, …

Issue 28: An unprecedented meeting of the states that have signed the Fourth Geneva Convention

The General Assembly has set 15 July 1999 as the target date for an unprecedented meeting of the states that have signed the Fourth Geneva Convention. The meeting, if it occurs, is to examine Israel’s record under that law. Analysis: Adopted 50 years ago, the four Geneva Conventions are key written texts of …

Issue 17: 21st annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

November 29th marked the 21st annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. UN headquarters in New York, Geneva, and Vienna were turned over to speakers from the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and to the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable …