New York Office Director of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights resigns

Tuesday 31 Oct 2023

Director in the New York Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Craig Mokhiber resigned Tuesday in protest, expressing concerns about the response of certain parts of the UN system to issues related to Palestinian Human Rights.

Director in the New York Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Craig Mokhiber. (Photo
Director in the New York Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Craig Mokhiber. (Photo courtesy. unwatch.org/)

 

 

In a letter addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, he said: "I believe this situation closely resembles a grave humanitarian crisis".

Mokhiber added "The situation in Palestine, marked by an ongoing ethno-nationalist, settler colonial project in Europe, has reached a critical juncture, endangering the last vestiges of indigenous Palestinian life in Palestine".

"Palestinians and their allies, human rights defenders of every stripe, Christian and Muslim organisations and progressive Jewish voices -saying not in our name, are all leading the way. All we have to do is to follow them," Mokhiber said.

"Once again we are seeing a genocide unfolding before our eyes and the Organization that we serve appears powerless to stop it." he noted.

On Monday, Mokhiber wrote on X, formerly known as twitter, "The genocide we are witnessing in Palestine is the product of decades of Israeli impunity provided by the US and other western governments and decades of dehumanization of the Palestinian people by western corporate media."

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed Tuesday for the divided UN Security Council to unite and back a ceasefire to end the "spiral of death" in the Middle East.

"A humanitarian ceasefire can at least stop this spiral of death and I hope that you will overcome your divisions and exercise your authority in demanding one," Grandi told the Security Council in New York.

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