Last week, the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) selected Michael Lynk as “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”
Mr. Lynk was appointed despite failing to meet the basic criteria for the role.
According to UNHRC rules, the criteria of “impartiality” and “objectivity” are to be of “paramount importance” when selecting mandate holders. Mr. Lynk’s history as an activist clearly disqualifies him as a candidate – which is why CIJA called on the Government of Canada to object to his appointment.
We are gratified that Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion responded by calling for a review of the UNHCR’s decision. We also appreciate that Conservative Critics Tony Clement and Peter Kent both spoke out against the appointment.