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UN Human Rights Council Announces $2 Million Donation from Russia

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February 25, 2022
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was met with criticism after it announced a $2 million donation from Russia on February 22.

The UNHRC tweeted that the Russian Mission from Geneva had issued the donation “to support our human rights work” and encouraged others to donate as well.

UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer tweeted that the UNHRC so far hasn’t done anything on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and noted that Russia is a member of the UNHRC. “On Monday the U.N. Human Rights Council opens its 2022 session,” Neuer wrote. “After the dignitaries speak, the first debate on the agenda is Israel. There will be 5 reports & 4 resolutions targeting Israel. 0 resolutions on Russia, Uyghurs, Tibet, Hong Kong, Houthis, Saudi, Pakistan, Cuba…” He called on Western countries to expel Russia from the UNHRC, like they did to Libya in 2011 when Moammar Qaddafi was attacking his own people.

AIPAC similarly tweeted that the UNHRC “celebrated a $2 million donation from Russia this week. The same UN Human Rights Council which has passed more than 90 anti-Israel resolutions since 2006. More resolutions condemning Israel than Russia, Iran, China, Syria, [North] Korea, Venezuela & Cuba….combined.”

/The Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted that the UNHRC donation comes “just in time for Purim.” “2 million Russian donation exposes again the morally corrupt UN’s so-called Human Rights Council,” the Wiesenthal Center added. “The same Council that chooses lying anti-Israel activists who label Israel apartheid state to INVESTIGATE democratic Jewish state?”

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