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Posted on on August 25th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

Rare Victory: U.N. Nominee Jean Ziegler Disowned by Swiss Parliament, Lashes Out at UN Watch

Battle won, but war goes on: UN Watch urging Swiss FM to cancel absurd sponsorship of Qaddafi confidante’s U.N. bid

Great news: the Swiss Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has just passed a Non-Confidence Motion against Jean Ziegler, rebuking their own government’s “inappropriate” nominee for the U.N. Human Rights Council.

In a country known for diplomacy, it’s an unprecedented public embarrassment for Ziegler, who as a UNHRC official from 2000 to 2012 was the most rabid supporter of tyrants, terrorists and anti-Semites in U.N. history.

UN WATCH BRIEFING Vol. 451 August 25, 2013

Ziegler praised Hezbollah for kidnapping Israeli soldiers — and called Israelis “concentration camp guards.”

Ziegler hailed the Castro regime as “an explosion of light,” Mugabe for having “history and morality with him,” and Qaddafi for his “full process of democratization.”

After a decade using his U.N. post as a propaganda tool for dictators, Ziegler was forced out last year. Now he’s trying to come back, to regain influence — and diplomatic immunity, so he can say nonsense without being sued.

Thanks to UN Watch, the Swiss government’s latest nomination of Ziegler—designed to win U.N. favors from Third World dictators—was exposed to the world, and he was quickly shamed.

Tomorrow’s Le Temps, Geneva’s leading newspaper, has a major editorial (already online) saying “Jean Ziegler’s place is in the dock of the accused.”

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