A few weeks ago the President participated in the U.N. Council on Human Rights hatefest called Durban II to influence the outcome.  His representative later withdrew, saying that changes needed to be made in the document before the U.S. would sign on.  Anne Bayefsky brings us up to date on the status of the Durban II conference:  Obama Should Denounce Durban II

Under the growing threat of a boycott by the United States and European countries, negotiators planning the U.N.’s Durban II “anti-racism” conference made a new move in Geneva today. They released a modified version of a draft declaration that is expected to be adopted at the April melée. The draft jettisons much of the extra baggage Islamic states had piled on throughout the 10-month drafting process (for the sole purpose of “compromising” at the end). The improvements, however, do not meet the minimal conditions that the Obama administration delineated for U.S. participation. It is time to end the equivocation and get out.

How well does it conform to the Obama Administration’s request for changes?

Two weeks ago, the Obama administration set out four conditions for U.S. participation in Durban II. The new version of the Durban II declaration must be: “shorter,” “not reaffirm in toto the flawed 2001 Durban Declaration,” “not single out any one country or conflict” and “not embrace the troubling concept of “defamation of religion.” On some of these counts, the document makes substantial changes. It is somewhat shorter, removes grotesque allegations like calling Israel an apartheid state and deletes the words “defamation of religions.”

But most important, it refuses to disavow the 2001 Declaration. On the contrary, it “Reaffirms the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) as it was adopted at the World Conference against Racism … in 2001.” That declaration says Palestinians are victims of Israeli racism–with Israel the only U.N. state found guilty of racism. And though today’s draft divides provisions into the negotiable and non-negotiable, it announces that reaffirming Durban I is text which does not “remain to be negotiated.”

This “new and improved” document, therefore, breaches President Obama’s key conditions. It “reaffirms in toto the flawed 2001 Durban Declaration.” In so doing, it does not satisfy the demand that no country or conflict be singled out. Unsurprisingly, behind the scenes, Palestinian negotiators in Geneva are expressing satisfaction with today’s result.

Lots more at the link.

What will the President do?  You’re guess is as good as mine.  Whatever he does, it will illuminate his real attitude about human rights.

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