B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith congratulates Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, on his unanimous election to oversee voting for the U.N. Human Rights Committee—the first Israeli diplomat to hold such a post.
The United Nations describes this committee as “the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.”
Israel has long been marginalized at U.N. bodies around the world.
We are encouraged that this nomination continues some recent positive in-roads that Israel has made at the world body.
In December, B’nai B’rith welcomed Israel’s invitation to join the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at U.N. institutions in Geneva, ending the exclusion of the Jewish state from any regional group at the European hub of the world body, home to the Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Active at the United Nations since its inception, B’nai B’rith continues to have a full-time presence at U.N. venues around the world.
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