At UN, Algeria's NGO Complaint Processed
in Secret, Vote Set for Wednesday
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
January 26 -- As
the UN moved closer to suspending its accreditation of the Arab
Human Rights, Algeria's complaint against the group was still being
and all discussions done in secret. Click here
for previous coverage. At
Monday's UN noon briefing, Inner City Press asked why the complaint was
withheld. The answer later came, that "the Committee has chosen not to make that
public. We have been informed that a decision on the complaint will
during a public meeting, to be held within the coming days."
Committee on NGOs held
"informal consultations" behind closed doors on Monday. Inner City
Press' sources inside the meeting describe interventions by Turkey,
Cuba urging a fast vote to suspend the group. Strikingly, no member
even NGO has step forward to oppose the accusation.
UN's Ban and Hanifa Mezoui, DESA's
withholding not shown
If one were a human rights
advocate in Algeria, is it unheard of that one might speak with even
accused of terrorism, in order to gauge the legitimacy of the
crackdown on them? Who should
a human rights advocate in Algeria speak with?
stands in contrast to 2004, when
Vietnam's complaint about the Montagnard-defending Transnational
Party was opposed by a number of U.S.-based NGOs. Monday
the US representative explained only that the U.S. wants more
Algeria as well, it's said, from Switzerland in connection with an
for refugee status. The U.S. is not defending Mesli or the NGOs, but
with precedent. In 2006, the U.S. moved to disaccredit Sudan-based Islamic
African Relief Agency. In this case, Cuba
more information should be needed. The
UK finally proposed that the vote be held off until Wednesday. It is
scheduled for 10 a.m. on that day. Watch this site.
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