Swiss parliament slams own government's U.N. nomination of Qaddafi Prize
Published by unwatch - at August 20, 2013
65 NGOs strongly opposed Jean Ziegler
GENEVA, August 20 – UN Watch applauded the Swiss parliament today for
declaring the U.N. nomination of Jean Ziegler — co-founder, co-manager,
and 2002 recipient of the Muammar Gaddafi Human Rights Prize —
The parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee today called on Swiss Foreign
Minister Didier Burkhalter to cancel the bid, which was made over the
opposition of more than 65 NGOs and human rights activists who strongly
objected to Ziegler because of his ties to dictators. See here and here.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power similarly said last week that Ziegler was
"unfit" for the UN post.
"The declaration of the Swiss parliament is a victory for the reputation
of Switzerland, for common sense, and for opponents of dictatorship
worldwide," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. The
Geneva-based human rights group has exposed Ziegler's support for
Qaddafi and other dictators. See newly released photos showing Ziegler's
role in the Qaddafi prize.
"The victims of Muammar Qaddafi, Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe, and the
Hezbollah terrorist organization — whom Ziegler has supported — won a
moral victory today."
"While Ziegler bizarrely denies his well-documented role in creating,
managing and winning the Muammar Gaddafi Human Rights Prize, a 2011
report by Swiss TV proved that he is lying."
Source: "Swiss parliament slams own government's U.N. nomination of
Qaddafi Prize founder at View from Geneva" -