Geneva, March 26, 2008 -- To the sound of cheers, and by an overhwelming majority of 40 out of 47 votes, the UN Human Rights Council today elected Jean Ziegler, the co-founder of the "Muammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize," as an expert advisor representing the Western world.
Jean Ziegler (born April 19, 1934) is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and a senior professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris. He was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Swiss federal parliament from 1981 to 1999, now he is one of the biggest protagonists of the alter-globalization movement.
In 1989, Ziegler was one of a group "intellectuals and progressive militants" who gathered in Tripoli to announce the launching of the annual "Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize," awarded by the government of Libya. Ziegler explained that the purpose of the Qaddafi prize was to counterbalance the Nobel prize, which, he said, constituted a "perpetual humiliation to the Third World." Winners of the Qaddafi prize have included Fidel Castro, Louis Farrakhan, and recently Venezuela's Hugo Chávez. In 2002, the awardees were "13 intellectual and literature personalities," of whom the most notable were the French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy and Jean Ziegler himself.
Ziegler has praised Cuba, stating in November of 2007 that a world model for how it provides its people with food and praised it cooperating with the United Nations and agreeing to allow him to report on the country's respect for the "right to food."
According to the National Post, Ziegler first expressed his admiration for the Communist Cuba since 1964, the same year that he served as Che Guevara's chauffeur when Guevara was on a trade mission in Geneva for the Cuban government. He was reportedly convinced by Guevara not to emigrate to the island nation, but to stay in Western Europe where to "fight more directly the enemies of Cuba's revolution and international Marxism." In October of 2007, Ziegler reportedly permitted undercover Cuban agents to monitor a press conference he gave in Geneva prior to his visit Cuba in order for them to take note of journalists' questions and tones.According to The Weekly Standard, Ziegler believes that the United States is an "'imperialist dictatorship' that is guilty, among other atrocities, of 'genocide' against the people of Cuba by means of its trade embargo." Ziegler has accused U.S. (and British) forces of using food and water as weapons of war in besieged cities in Iraq. He said that the U.S.-led Coalition forces and the Iraqi Army use the military strategy of cutting off food and water supplies to cities under attack by insurgents, which frequently use the civilian population as human shields. The objective is to encourage civilians to flee before the attack
In 2006, Ziegler criticized Israel's war with Hezbollah, stating that the International Criminal Court should investigate whether Israel is guilty of war crimes for a bombing campaign in Lebanon that blocked access to food and water. Specifically, Ziegler stated that "The government of Israel should be held responsible under international law for the violations of the right to food of the Lebanese civilian population.".... Ziegler has also reportedly stated on Television that "The Israeli occupation is a colonial regime and an illegal military occupation from the UN's point of view, it continues to annex more Palestinian lands; and thus the Israeli occupation is the worst in the history of colonialism."According to The Forward: "In July , [Ziegler] told a crowd of pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Geneva that Gaza was "an immense concentration camp" and added that it was a good thing that the "guards" were about to leave. This elicited a rare rebuke from a spokesman for Annan and from human rights commissioner Louise Arbour." Ziegler later protested the interpretation that he was comparing Israelis to Nazis.
Special Rapporteur : Mr. Jean Ziegler ( Switzerland ), since 2000.
A short biography: Jean Ziegler is (2003) a professor of social science and economics in the universities of Geneva and the Sorbonne. He has studied in Switzerland, France and the United States, receiving his PhD from the University of Bern in 1967. He has long been interested in the issues of poverty and hunger around the world, throughout which he has travelled extensively, especially focusing on the poor South.
Geneva, March 26, 2008 — To the sound of cheers, and by an overhwelming majority of 40 out of 47 votes, the UN Human Rights Council today elected Jean Ziegler, the co-founder of the "Muammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize," as an expert advisor representing the Western world. And for its new Palestine expert, the council chose Richard Falk, who, like Ziegler, accuses the U.S. of being responsible for many of the world's ills and describes Israel in Nazi terminology.
In 1989 - four months after Libya bombed Pan Am flight 103, killing 270 people from 21 countries - Ziegler launched the annual Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize in Tripoli, boasting it was the "Anti-Nobel prize of the third world". Winners have included Fidel Castro, Louis Farrakhan, and a leader of a Ba'ath party women's organisation in Saddam's Iraq. In 2002, the recipients included the convicted French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, and Ziegler himself.
In 1986, Ziegler acted as an adviser to the Ethiopian dictator Mengistu, helping draft his one-party constitution. In 1993, Le Monde reported on "Jean Ziegler's trip to visit Saddam Hussein and Kim Il-sung."
Ziegler proclaimed "total support for the Cuban revolution" shortly after Fidel Castro had imprisoned many journalists. While visiting Cuba as a UN official he refused to meet Cuban dissidents but lavished praise on Castro.
In 2002, he praised the Zimbabwean dictator, saying, "Mugabe has history and morality with him."
In 2006, Ziegler said, "I refuse to describe Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. It is a national resistance movement. I can understand Hezbollah when they kidnap soldiers ..."
Ziegler calls the US an "imperialist dictatorship" guilty of genocide, and labels George W Bush "the Pinochet who sits in the White House"; 9/11, he alleges, was used by Bush as a "justification for the staging of organised economic destruction of the people of the southern hemisphere".
He claims western capitalism has "put the planet under the scalpel of organised economic destruction", its leaders deliberately organising starvation as a "weapon of mass destruction". Western capitalism "kills, destroys, slaughters ... for no other reason than the desire for maximum profit for some cosmocrats who are driven by an obsession for power and unlimited greed"....
Ziegler a la Ketchup. Think "Left dhimmi fascist fondue." Good, huh? Peace and plenty in one fell scoop.
I've just now added a photo of Ziegler posing with a machine gun. What is it with these middle-age losers? There's a photo somewhere of Ward Churchill posing with a rifle. Are these guys homosexuals who want o make it into a porn mag. and don't have the physique so they try for the macho look by posing with guns? Or are they weaklings who want to pretend they're tough guys? I'm sure enough that the average doe would slap down these idiots, so it's not like they go hunting. It's all a pose to make themselves fit in as cool guys, as one of the gang. These middle-class fools want to play at being Robin Hood or some fucking thing. Phantasy. But they get real people killed playing this game. They are Death Hippies. I really urge hungry people to eat them.