Monday, May 31, 2010

Massouda Jalal, Jose Maria Aznar Win UN Watch Human Rights Awards

Dr. Massouda Jalal, the first woman in Afghanistan to run for presidential office, and who later served as Afghanistan's Minister for Women’s Affairs, has been given UN Watch’s Morris B. Abram Human Rights Award, a prize named after the late founder of UN Watch.

“It is not the sole responsibility of the international community or the UN to ensure our freedom. But how can it be that under their watch, we women, and many men too, have seen their freedoms eroded so substantially?” asked Dr. Jalal. “Women’s rights are the key to fighting dictatorship and extremism, militarization and warlordism. Women are the key to the future.”

Dr. Jalal will visit Canada soon to testify before Parliament.


Blogger Jonathan Colvin said...

Ah yes, UN Watch, concerned about confronting human rights abusers everywhere ... except Israel.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Coventrian said...

Jose Maria Aznar?

Is that the same Jose Maria Aznar who

'Aznar himself is a son of a prominent Francoist family and during the fascist dictatorship was a member of the fascist party. When democracy was reestablished in Spain, Aznar advocated against approving the new Democratic Constitution. In the right-wing press, he once criticized the Basque town of Guernica (destroyed by Nazi aviation, as immortalized in the Picasso painting that carries its name) for renaming its main square: newly democratic municipality changed the name from Caudillo Franco's Square (the name every Spanish town had to give to its main square during the fascist regime) to Liberty Square. Aznar accused the Guernica municipality of revenge. He wanted the main square to retain Franco's name and Franco's statue. Aznar has never condemned or even criticized the Franco regime'

4:34 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Then there was the time Braveheart won the Oscar for best movie. I've been bitter ever since.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Colvin said...

Almost as suspect as those for whom Israel can do no right, are those for whom Israel can do no wrong. UN Watch seems to fall into the latter category. As Christopher Hitchens might say, there is a slight, but unmistakable stench about them.

12:38 AM  

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