On September 27, 2013, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution for the follow-up of the Durban Process. The Durban Program of Action, the UN’s process to fight racism, has been marred with controversy and undermines international efforts to fight the scourge. Several liberal democracies have boycotted Durban-related UN sessions.
The resolution was adopted with two Human Rights Council members voting against, the US and the Czech Republic. The Czechs deserve special praise for standing up for principle and breaking from the EU consensus (the rest of the EU abstained, together with Japan, South Korea and Switzerland). Only if more countries stand up for principle, can there be hope for positive change.
Michael Lynk, the UN Human Rights Council’s monitor charged with investigating “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” together with Tlaleng Mofokeng,