Thursday, July 15, 2010

New Office to Protest Taliban, Al Qaeda sanctions

Nothing like Helping out the Terrorists .

UNITED NATIONS -- A Canadian lawyer and judge said Thursday her new office is ready to receive complaints from people, companies and organizations who feel they have been wrongly blacklisted and subjected to U.N. sanctions for their ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Kimberly Prost, who took up her post on Monday as the first "ombudsperson" for a U.N. sanctions committee, pledged that her office will be independent and accessible, and she said she welcomes submissions from anyone who wants to be taken off the list.

"The objective of this position is to provide individuals affected by this sanctions regime, organizations and entities, with an avenue, with a measure for recourse in order to provide fundamental fairness to the process," she told a news conference.

Since the Security Council imposed sanctions against the Taliban a decade ago and later extended them to Al Qaeda, questions have been raised about the fairness of the list and the rights of those subject to punitive measures to argue their case for being removed. In December, the Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-sponsored resolution which established an independent and impartial ombudsperson appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to address the issue.

It calls for the ombudsperson to gather information, speak to the petitioner trying to get off the list, and present a comprehensive report to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against the Taliban and Al Qaeda with the ombudsperson's own observations.

Prost said she won't be making a recommendation on whether the person or entity should be removed from the list but she will be presenting "a thorough analysis of the case."

As with anything the U.N. puts it's paws on , This will also be a flawed system !

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