Stop the Flow of Political Money at UNHRC
Press Release: Stop the Flow of Political Money at UNHRC
As the United Nations Human Rights Council is holding its 40th session extending from 28 February to 23 March 2019, there has been a rapid increase of the number of NGOs which receive political money to promote specific agendas at the UNHRC. This behavior damages the reputation of the UN and it requires a prompt action from the general secretary of the UNHRC.
These organisations are believed to be supported by specific UN member states to defame their political rivals shadowing doubt the work of other NGOs working at the UN to promote human rights worldwide. For this reason, and to protect the established UN reputation and NGOs operating there, an immediate action to address this issue should be taken.
Conflicts worldwide have paved the road for the emergence of such a situation, which contradicts the values of the UN and its various bodies. The UN, in collaboration with well-established human rights organisations at UNHRC, should work together to protect the legacy of the UN and to serve as a solid barrier that prevents the penetration of the UN by such groups.
The message that the UN should convey today and in the future is that political money, corruption and political rivalry should not have a place at any UN agency, especially UNHRC.
Such a behavior at UNHRC should not be tolerated as it allows for corruption to be treated as acceptable. The UN should make sure that the human rights environment, especially among NGOs is clear and transparent. The problems among states, and the politicization of human rights, should not be transferred at the level of NGOs working at the UN too.
The International United Nations Watch calls on High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to take necessary action to stop this unacceptable behavior at UNHRC and to make sure that the work of these NGOs is line with the UN message and vision.
The International United Nations Watch
13 March 2019, Scotland
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