[Haaretz] The UN’s new human rights chief said Monday she hopes to persuade the United States and Israel to drop their opposition to an upcoming global racism conference.
“My instinct would be to get as many countries to participate as possible,” Navi Pillay said on her first day as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The so-called Durban II meeting in Geneva next year will review progress in fighting racism since the global body’s first such conference seven years ago.
The U.S. and Israel walked out midway through the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, because of a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and compared Zionism to racism. The resolution was never adopted.