Is Australia Racist? U.N. Rights Chief Navi Pillay Thinks So
Pillay said there is a “racial discriminatory element” in Australia, attacking the country’s refugee policies and their treatment of Australian Aborigines.
“I come from South Africa and lived under this, and am every way attuned to seeing racial discrimination," said Pillay, who was an anti-apartheid campaigner in South Africa.
In response to the claims, UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer went on the record on Canada’s Sun News TV where he argued that Pillay has a record of ignoring the world’s worst abusers.
On Tuesday UN Watch published a summary of study findings that examined Pillay’s statements from September 2008 to June 2010. According to the findings, Pillay has shown a “questionable sense of priorities” and failed to show concern for victims for some of the most oppressive nations.
Here’s an excerpt:
Ms. Pillay turned a blind eye to most of the world’s worst abusers. She made no statement on the human rights situations of 146 countries. She failed to voice any concern for victims in 34 countries rated “Not Free” by Freedom House—meaning those with the worst records, and the most needy victims. She failed to criticize another 50 countries rated “partly free” and 63 countries rated “free.” Among the countries not criticized: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (Brazzaville), Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mauritania, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Read the full summary of the findings here.