Turbulent U.N. racism forum closes

Ms. Heuze said Samuel Horowitz, a journalist accredited to Townhall, tried to take over the podium at the Palais des Nations, and Matthew Groff filmed the scene. They were escorted out of the conference venue and their credentials were withdrawn, Ms. Heuze said in a letter to Jonathan Garthwaite, editor-in-chief of Townhall. A copy of the letter was sent to the United Nations Correspondents Association.

Mr. Ahmadinejad’s remarks on Monday triggered a walkout by nearly two dozen European delegates.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters he deplored the Iranian president for using the conference “to accuse, divide and even incite.”

Mohammad Khazaee, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, fired back with a letter that accused Mr. Ban of subjecting Iran’s president to “unwarranted harsh criticism only for having tried to pronounce the positions of the country he represents.”

A U.N. spokeswoman said Mr. Ban stands by his remarks.

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel told The Washington Times on the sidelines of the conference that the whole world is in bad shape. “The ideals of civilization, we must fight for them, otherwise where are we going?” he pondered.

Githu Muigai, the U.N. special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia, told reporters Thursday that “racism is alive and well around the world,” and that “a long journey lie* ahead” to eradicate racist acts.

Mr. Muigai, who is also a professor of law at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, called on President Obama to take a leadership role in international efforts to combat the scourge of racism and xenophobia.

“President Obama can play an important role to energize this process” given his “unique circumstances” as the first black president of the U.S., Mr. Muigai told The Times.

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