Here we go again. AP has the news. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has named three to its commission to look into human rights violations in the Gaza slaughter. William Schabas, Doudou Diene, and Amal Alamuddin.
The news broke in a tweet from Hillel Neuer, an Israel lobbyist with UN Watch, who says it’s storm clouds for Israel.
BREAKING: UNHRC named 3 to its biased Gaza inquiry: Anti-Israel prof Bill Schabas, Clooney’s wife (really), & pro-Islamist Doudou Diene.
William Schabas (born 19 November 1950) is an author and academic in the field of international criminal and human rights law. He is a professor of international law, a senior lecturer at Middlesex University, and an internationally respected expert on human rights law, genocide, and the death penalty. In 2009 he has been elected President of International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Wikipedia on Diene:
Doudou Diène (born 1941) of Senegal was United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in 2002—2008.
Diène holds a law degree from the University of Caen (France), a doctorate in public law from the University of Paris, a diploma in political science from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill, Barbados)
Between 1972 and 1977 he served as Senegal’s deputy representative to UNESCO. In 1977, he joined the UNESCO secretariat, where he held several positions including Director of the Division of Inter-cultural Projects. He was appointed Special Rapporteur for racism-related topics by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in August 2002, replacing Maurice Glele-Ahanhanzo of Benin and serving until July 2008 when he was succeeded by Githu Muigai (Kenya).
In 2011, he was appointed Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire.
Starpower. George Clooney’s fiancee, not wife, is Amal Alamuddin, 36, human rights lawyer, born in Beirut. Says the Telegraph:
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, and fluent in both French and Arabic, Miss Alamuddin studied at St Hugh’s College at Oxford University before going to the New York University School of Law.
After graduating she passed the New York Bar in 2002 and the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple) in 2012.
She now specialises in international law, human rights, extradition, and criminal law and has represented Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, in his battle against extradition to Sweden.
She also advises governments on international law, is an adviser on Syria to The UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan, and is Counsel to the Inquiry into the use of drones in counter terrorism operations.