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Christian Religious Freedom Group Wins UN Accreditation After Years Of Rejection By Repressive Regimes

Postby Riddick » 04-20-2017 08:43 PM

After having its application slapped down more than a dozen times by a committee often dominated by repressive regimes, a Christian non-governmental organization advocating religious freedom finally won official U.N. accreditation on Wednesday.

The case of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) once again has turned a spotlight on the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s 19-member NGO Committee, long accused of arbitrary or politically-motivated decisions.

Meeting in New York on Wednesday, the 54-member ECOSOC voted to overturn the committee’s earlier decision refusing accreditation to CSW.

Wednesday’s ECOSOC vote passed by 28-9, with 12 abstentions. Leading the “no” votes, again, were countries with poor records on religious freedom, including China, Russia, Pakistan, India, Turkey and Vietnam.

And, in a decision hailed by advocates for more transparency at the U.N., ECOSOC also voted to require live webcasting of future NGO Committee deliberations.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who has made human rights a focus for the U.S. presidency of the Security Council this month, said the webcasting decision would bring increased transparency and accountability.

“Now all of these meetings and votes will be open for the world to see,” she said, adding that this would “greatly assist organizations that stand up to oppressive governments around the world.”

The negative influence of such “oppressive governments” has long been evident at the NGO Committee, whose current membership includes just six countries (Greece, India, Israel, South Africa, United States and Uruguay) ranked “free” by Freedom House, the Washington-based democracy watchdog.

Of the rest, eight (Azerbaijan, Burundi, China, Cuba, Iran, Mauritania, Russia and Sudan) are “not free” and five (Guinea, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Turkey, Venezuela) are ranked “partly free.”

When the committee last February once again turned down CSW’s application for “consultative status” at the U.N., most of the countries voting “no” were “not free” or “partly free.”

After that committee vote the British mission to the U.N. spearheaded an effort to get ECOSOC to overturn the decision. Also speaking out on behalf of CSW, a group of U.N. human rights experts (“special rapporteurs”) in a letter of support criticized what they called the committee’s “continuous and arbitrary deferral of applications or accreditation.”

“When a serious and credible NGO such as Christian Solidarity Worldwide is kept waiting in limbo for seven years, the system is clearly not working as it should,” British ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the meeting.

After the vote CSW chief executive Mervyn Thomas said the group was pleased with the outcome, but added that “the questions raised regarding the NGO Committee’s tendency to repeatedly defer and deny the applications of human rights organizations need to be addressed.”

He said the decision to open future meetings to live webcasting “will assist in ensuring greater transparency in the accreditation process.”

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Re: Christian Religious Freedom Group Wins UN Accreditation After Years Of Rejection By Repressive Regimes

Postby kbot » 04-21-2017 11:48 AM

Heard this on a recent John B Wells caravan to Midnight segment. Apparently this doesn't make the news here as the MSMS has been doing gymnastic to NOT report this and similar stories.

Australian Beaten by Muslim Gang on a Train Just for Wearing a Cross Necklace

SYDNEY, Australia – In a report by the Sydney based Daily Telegraph, a couple was attacked while riding a train in South-West Sydney by an Arabic-speaking gang while shouting “F%#* Jesus!”

The victim of the attack, Mike (Surname asked to be withheld for fear of being targeted by the Muslims) indicated that four men of Middle Eastern descent suddenly ripped his cross from his neck, threw it on the ground and stomped on it while another gang member kicked and punch him. Meanwhile, two other women attacked his girlfriend who was then trying to protect him.

According to Mike, there were five uniformed transport officers who was watching the attack but did not intervene to stop it.

Mike who was born in Australia of Greek descent told the Daily Telegraph that: “I’ve always worn my cross. For them to rip it off and step on it has to be a religious crime … It’s not on to feel unsafe in your own country.”

https://newsline.com/australian-beaten-muslim-gang-train-just-wearing-cross-necklace/
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