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
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
, 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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