UN HRC nominates new ‘expert’ for criticizing Israel

The UN Human Rights Council chief on Wednesday nominated a Canadian law professor to be the next "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories."

The position is limited to criticizing Israel and the rapporteur has no mandate to bring up Palestinian violations of human rights.

Israel frequently points out that the Human Rights Council displays a strong bias against the Jewish state. Most notably, each HRC session is required to devote time to discussing Israeli crimes. No other country in the world is subject to a similar standard.

Council president Choi Kyonglim circulated a letter to member states proposing that Stanley Michael Lynk be appointed to the position of special rapporteur, and the council was expected to accept the appointment Thursday without a vote.

Lynk would replace Makarim Wibisono, who announced in January he would step down over Israel's refusal to cooperate with his mandate and not allowing him access to the areas he was meant to monitor.

Wibisono, an Indonesian diplomat who took on the role in June 2014, presented his final report to the council on Monday, criticizing a "lack of cooperation [that] regrettably seems to signal the continuation of a situation under which Palestinians suffer daily human rights violations under the Israeli occupation."

Wibisono's predecessor Richard Falk was also blocked from accessing the Palestinian territories, and it remains unclear if Lynk will be able to do so.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209815

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