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Topic - Hillel Neuer
After criticizing the U.N. for its "entrenched" bureaucracy, Samantha Power now is trying to block the re-election of a Swiss diplomat accused of lavishing praise on dictators and abuse on Israel.
Syria and Iran are planning to run for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council later this year, despite reports of ongoing and widespread abuse of citizens in both countries.
Putting Iran in charge of the four-week U.N. Conference on Disarmament that kicks off on May 27 is "like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women's shelter," says Hillel Neuer, the head of the Geneva-based advocacy group U.N. Watch in a Ynet report.
"We applaud the principled statement of Ambassador Power and urge the U.S. and other nations to actively fight the incomprehensible Swiss nomination," said Mr. Neuer, whose Swiss-based group monitors human rights issues at the U.N.
"Because both regimes were recently elected to other U.N. human rights panels — Iran on the women's rights commission, and Syria on UNESCO's human rights committee — we cannot take anything for granted," he added, according to Reuters.