Durban II: Libya Gets Called Out on Human Rights Hypocrisy
TNR discusses here the circumstances of last Friday’s intervention by Palestinian doctor Ashraf El Hagog as a representative of UN Watch. The Chair of the then-Prep Com, who has since been elected chair of the Durban II conference, is Najjat al-Hajjaji, representing the government of Libya. Readers might recall that Hagog, along with a group of Bulgarian nurses was imprisoned and tortured by Libya after being wrongly convicted of intentionally infecting a group of children with HIV. France negotiated the release of Hagog and the group last year, and Hagog now lives in Bulgaria. While the U.S. media has focused on yesterday’s walk out by European state delegates during the incendiary speech by Iran’s Ahmadinedjad, this clip illustrates the value of NGO participation at such fora.