Bar the countries that voted against the UNHRC resolution<br /> from participating in UNIFIL! sign now

On August 11, 2006, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held a special session in Geneva to consider the grave human rights situation arising out of Israel's military operations in Lebanon. UNHCR issued a resolution strongly condemning the grave Israeli violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law in Lebanon including the massive bombardments of Lebanese civilian populations, especially the massacres in Qana, Marwaheen, Al Duweir, Al Bayadah, Al Qaa, Chiyah, Ghazieh and other towns of Lebanon, the displacement of one million civilians, and the bombardment of vital civilian infrastructure resulting in extensive destruction and heavy damage to public and private properties. The council also decided to urgently establish and immediately dispatch a high-level inquiry commission to investigate the above violations and crimes.

The resolution was supported by the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Zambia. They deserve the thanks of the Lebanese people as they were able to distinguish right from wrong and uphold the right.

Eleven countries voted against the resolution, namely: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, and Ukraine. They proved that they are unable to distinguish right from wrong.

It is clear that the countries that voted against the UNHRC resolution upholding the human rights of the Lebanese have taken a position which implicitly supports the violations of human rights and international law which were condemned by the resolution. Hence they are no longer neutral on this subject. Consequently their participation is unacceptable in the UNIFIL forces entrusted with supervising the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon.

The rules of human rights and international humanitarian law rank higher than UN Security Council resolutions and measures adopted by the UN Secretariat.

Therefore the undersigned declare that they reject participation by any of the said eleven countries in UNIFIL forces and demand that the Lebanese council of ministers and parliament categorically reject such participation.

The undersigned further call for the widest popular movement in support of the above.

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