Montreal, QC—Today, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon is visiting Ottawa. On the occasion of the visit, David J. Cape, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), released the following statement:
“Canada has been a proud member and supporter of the United Nations since its inception in 1945 because its founding principles—a commitment to peace, security, and cooperation among nations—reflect Canadian values.
“Despite its laudable founding principles, the UN has persistently failed to protect vulnerable populations on a broad range of critical issues. In particular, the UN Human Rights Council has been taken over and held hostage through the political manipulation of ill-intentioned member states and, as a consequence, has failed to address many of the catastrophic human rights abuses unfolding around the globe.
“Canadian governments, both Liberal and Conservative, have consistently expressed concerns about the misuse of UN bodies by some of the world’s most notorious human rights abusers. Canada can advance its commitment to human rights, refugee resettlement, nuclear nonproliferation, peacekeeping, and peacemaking by calling for significant reforms.
“The Secretary-General’s comments in January excusing Palestinian terrorism are symptomatic of the broader malaise at the UN, and are an indication that the world’s largest multilateral body has lost its way and must recommit to its core principles.
“We urge the Government of Canada to use the occasion of the Secretary General’s visit to call for reforms which must include greater transparency and accountability, and the de-politicization of the UN system.”