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Jean Ziegler's Campaign against America

Jean Ziegler's Campaign against America

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A Study of the Anti-American Bias of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

October 2005

Key Findings

Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food, is abusing his mandate to further his extreme anti-American political agenda at the expense of addressing the world’s food emergencies. He should be removed and replaced with an individual who will impartially, objectively and non-selectively carry out the mandate.

During the first four years of his mandate, Jean Ziegler publicly criticized the United States on 34 occasions. Yet he never spoke out for the hungry or criticized any party in 15 of 17 countries deemed by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to have a man-made food emergency. And of the 2 food emergency countries that he did criticize, he only did so once with respect to one (Ethiopia) and three times with respect to the other (Sudan). (Food emergencies ignored: Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Russian Federation (Chechnya), Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda)

Jean Ziegler frequently appends a food-related pretext to his personal political positions in order to justify employing the prestige of his U.N. office. Thus, his political opposition to U.S. military action in both Afghanistan and Iraq — matters entirely outside his competence as Special Rapporteur —over time evolved into alleged violations of the right to food.

Jean Ziegler almost never criticizes any government other than the U.S. and Israel. When he does, he suddenly dons the gloves of ginger U.N. diplomacy. Hence the Sudanese atrocities in Darfur for Ziegler are merely a cause for “concern,” the role of the Khartoum regime in atrocities only “alleged.” By contrast, the United States is an “imperialist dictatorship” responsible for all the world’s misery, President Bush is “the Pinochet who sits in the White House,” the U.S. is committing “genocide” in Cuba, and Israel commits “state terror” and “war crimes” with the U.S.’s blessing. Mr. Ziegler has never used such denunciations against the government of Sudan, or any other country.

Jean Ziegler has repeatedly condemned the U.S. embargo of Cuba as a “flagrant” violation of the right to food and of international law. Yet Cuba has never, during the period of Mr. Ziegler’s mandate, appeared on the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Emergency list.
A Study of the Anti-American Bias of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

October 2005

Key Findings

Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food, is abusing his mandate to further his extreme anti-American political agenda at the expense of addressing the world’s food emergencies. He should be removed and replaced with an individual who will impartially, objectively and non-selectively carry out the mandate.

During the first four years of his mandate, Jean Ziegler publicly criticized the United States on 34 occasions. Yet he never spoke out for the hungry or criticized any party in 15 of 17 countries deemed by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to have a man-made food emergency. And of the 2 food emergency countries that he did criticize, he only did so once with respect to one (Ethiopia) and three times with respect to the other (Sudan). (Food emergencies ignored: Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Russian Federation (Chechnya), Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda)

Jean Ziegler frequently appends a food-related pretext to his personal political positions in order to justify employing the prestige of his U.N. office. Thus, his political opposition to U.S. military action in both Afghanistan and Iraq — matters entirely outside his competence as Special Rapporteur —over time evolved into alleged violations of the right to food.

Jean Ziegler almost never criticizes any government other than the U.S. and Israel. When he does, he suddenly dons the gloves of ginger U.N. diplomacy. Hence the Sudanese atrocities in Darfur for Ziegler are merely a cause for “concern,” the role of the Khartoum regime in atrocities only “alleged.” By contrast, the United States is an “imperialist dictatorship” responsible for all the world’s misery, President Bush is “the Pinochet who sits in the White House,” the U.S. is committing “genocide” in Cuba, and Israel commits “state terror” and “war crimes” with the U.S.’s blessing. Mr. Ziegler has never used such denunciations against the government of Sudan, or any other country.

Jean Ziegler has repeatedly condemned the U.S. embargo of Cuba as a “flagrant” violation of the right to food and of international law. Yet Cuba has never, during the period of Mr. Ziegler’s mandate, appeared on the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Emergency list.

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 JEAN ZIEGLER’S CAMPAIGN AGAINST AMERICA
 A Study of the Anti-American Bias of theU.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food 
Table of ContentsKey Findings
......................................................................................................................2
Introduction
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Our Study
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Conclusions
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Recommendations
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Table: A Comparison of Jean Ziegler’s Treatment of the United States andFood Emergency Countries
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Selected Quotes from Jean Ziegler
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Bibliography of Jean Ziegler’s Statements
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Acknowledgments
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About UN Watch
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United Nations Watch1, rue de VarembeCase postale 1911211 Geneva 20, Switzerland Tel: 41 22 734 1472 Fax: 41 22 734 1613www.unwatch.org 
October 2005
 
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Key Findings
 
Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food, is abusing hismandate to further his extreme anti-American political agenda at theexpense of addressing the world’s food emergencies. He should be removedand replaced with an individual who will impartially, objectively and non-selectively carry out the mandate.
 
During the first four years of his mandate, Jean Ziegler publicly criticizedthe United States on 34 occasions. Yet he
 never
spoke out for the hungry orcriticized any party in 15 of 17 countries deemed by the U.N. Food andAgriculture Organization to have a man-made food emergency. And of the 2food emergency countries that he did criticize, he only did so once withrespect to one (Ethiopia) and three times with respect to the other (Sudan).
(Food emergencies ignored: Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea,Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Russian Federation (Chechnya), Sierra Leone, Somalia,Tanzania, Uganda)
 
 
Jean Ziegler frequently appends a food-related pretext to his personalpolitical positions in order to justify employing the prestige of his U.N. office.Thus, his political opposition to U.S. military action in both Afghanistan andIraq — matters entirely outside his competence as Special Rapporteur —over time evolved into alleged violations of the right to food.
 
Jean Ziegler almost never criticizes any government other than the U.S. andIsrael. When he does, he suddenly dons the gloves of ginger U.N. diplomacy.Hence the Sudanese atrocities in Darfur for Ziegler are merely a cause for“concern,” the role of the Khartoum regime in atrocities only “alleged.” Bycontrast, the United States is an “imperialist dictatorship” responsible for allthe world’s misery, President Bush is “the Pinochet who sits in the WhiteHouse,” the U.S. is committing “genocide” in Cuba, and Israel commits“state terror” and “war crimes” with the U.S.’s blessing. Mr. Ziegler hasnever used such denunciations against the government of Sudan, or anyother country.
 
Jean Ziegler has repeatedly condemned the U.S. embargo of Cuba as a“flagrant” violation of the right to food and of international law. Yet Cubahas
 never
, during the period of Mr. Ziegler’s mandate, appeared on the U.N.Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Emergency list.
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Introduction
 This report addresses a pattern and practice of anti-American bias by Jean Ziegler, theU.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food, that undermines the credibility of the U.N.human rights apparatus and neglects the world’s hungry. In October 2004, we issued astudy,
 Blind to Burundi
, demonstrating that Mr. Ziegler has used his position to furtherhis own political agenda at the expense of addressing the world’s food emergencies.There, we focused on his abuse of mandate to disproportionately criticize one of hisfavorite political targets, Israel. Mr. Ziegler’s other favorite targets are corporations,international financial institutions, and the United States. This paper examines Mr.Ziegler’s abuse of his U.N. mandate on food in order to target the United States undervarious pretexts.During the first four years of his mandate, Mr. Ziegler publicly criticized the UnitedStates on 34 occasions — mostly for its alleged policies or actions vis-à-vis Cuba,Afghanistan, and Iraq, and its purported control of the international financial institutionsand thereby the world economy. By contrast, during the same time period, he
never 
spoke out for the hungry or criticized any party in 15 of 17 countries deemed by the U.N.Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to have a man-made food emergency. And, of the 2 food emergency countries of which he was critical, he only did so once with respectto one (Ethiopia), and three times with respect to the other (Sudan).The Special Rapporteur for food is mandated to work toward eradicating the scourge of hunger. Because food problems exist in many countries, the Special Rapporteur mustallocate his limited time and resources according to some logical criteria. Yet Mr.Ziegler has failed to respect any objective criteria whatsoever. Instead, he hasconsistently abused his U.N. position to single out and demonize particular countries —the United States and Israel — to advance his own extreme political views, rather than toadvance the right to food.
Our Study
Our conclusions are based on an examination of Mr. Ziegler’s statements betweenSeptember 2000 and December 2004, from three different sources:(1)
 
U.N. press release archives, as found on the U.N.’s electronically-searchablewebsite. These contain every U.N. press release issued by Mr. Ziegler, as well asofficial summaries of Mr. Ziegler’s statements and reports from diverse U.N.events and conferences;(2)
 
Documents placed by Mr. Ziegler on his own website (www.righttofood.org
 
); and(3)
 
Statements made by Mr. Ziegler to the French- and English-language media, asfound on a search of the comprehensive Nexis international news database.

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