Since he was announced as President Obama’s nominee for Legal Adviser to the State Department, Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh has been at the center of intense debate. As a staunch advocate of “transnationalism,” Mr. Koh’s nomination is highly controversial. Transnationalism is, in Koh’s words, the “the blending of international and domestic law.”  It is the responsibility of American courts, Koh maintains, to “promote the development of a global legal system.”  Mr. Koh supports ratification of controversial treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Luckily, some in Washington are taking note and standing against his nomination.

Recent Opposition

  • South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint managed to delay the vote on Mr. Koh’s nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  In a post on his website, Sen. DeMint noted that after meeting with Koh privately, he is “particularly concerned about the role he sees for international law when making and interpreting U.S. laws and how they apply to the Department of State.”  He also noted that Koh’s “judicial philosophy suggests that he believes international law supersedes U.S. federal law, and that the Constitution should be just one of many guide posts for the American legal system.  I fear Mr. Koh’s positions could undermine American sovereignty and the unique role the United States plays in the world.”
  • A group of conservatives, including former Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese, has released a statement announcing their opposition to the Harold Koh nomination for Legal Advisor to the State Department.  The group notes that Koh would favor “an aggressive misuse of treaties to impose social and economic policies on American citizens,” specifically the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  The treaty has been used to further pro-abortion policies in signatory countries, such as Ireland, and even attempted to legalize prostitution in China.

More on Harold Koh can be read HERE.

Geneva, Switzerland – It’s appropriate that the United Nations has a headquarters here in Geneva. The Swiss are know for their cuckoo clocks, and the UN is known for its cuckoos. Read the rest of this entry »

Tom Kilgannon was a guest yesterday morning on the Kirby Wilbur Show to provide an update on the Durban II conference taking place in Geneva.

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Tom Kilgannon gave a Durban II update on the G. Gordon Liddy Show this morning.

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Geneva, Switzerland – In protest, about twenty delegates walked out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who said in his speech that Israel is a“cruel and repressive racist regime.” He was speaking at the UN’s Durban Review Conference here in Geneva and accused the U.S. and other western countries of “making an entire nation homeless on the pretext of Jewish suffering.” Several protestors were on the floor of the Assembly Hall, while others shouted at Ahmadinejad from the balcony. Read the rest of this entry »

Geneva, Switzerland – The absence of President Barack Obama from the United Nations’ Durban Review Conference is not appreciated by the UN hierarchy and was noted at the outset of the meeting this morning. While a handful of nations are boycotting the conference because of it’s bias toward Israel, it is the U.S. President who UN officials had most hoped to see here. The presence of America’s first black President would lend some desperately needed credibility to the summit, they believe.  Read the rest of this entry »

Geneva, Switzerland – The UN’s Durban Review Conference opens here on Monday, but it will not have the participation of President Barack Obama – a major disappointment for the United Nations and its admirers who complained of neglect during the Bush years. Read the rest of this entry »

The World Conference on Racism (otherwise known as Durban II) starts Monday, April 20, in Geneva, Switzerland. Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon will be there to monitor the conference, which will be attended by such human rights kingpins as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and led by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Read the rest of this entry »

Extremism ReportOur government is openly condemning conservatives for what we believe. On April 7, the Extremism and Radicalization Branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an “Assessment” entitled, Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. This report should be of great concern to all Americans – for many reasons. Among them, our federal government promises to monitor groups and individuals based on their thoughts and beliefs. The report makes no distinction between those who advocate violence and those who promote and uphold constitutional principles.

The Assessment is troubling because its charges are based on conjecture, with no statistics or research to substantiate its claims. The Assessment warns against conservative thought – specifically beliefs in national sovereignty, border security, 2nd Amendment rights, and a pro-life advocacy – as a rallying point for the perpetuation of more conservative thought. Read the rest of this entry »

With the Durban Review Conference fast approaching, the U.S. is still mulling whether or not it will participate.  The State Department had this to say on Monday:

We appreciate that many delegations continue to work hard in good will to improve the current text. We hope that these remaining concerns will be addressed, so that the United States can re-engage the conference process with the hope of arriving at a Conference document that we can support.”

The two stumbling blocks to U.S. participation remain the length of the document (despite being whittled down from 45 pages to 17) and the affirmation of the first Durban document. The State Department also believes that though the defamation of religion sections have been removed, “language related to ‘incitement’ of religious hatred” is a “concept that the United States believes should be narrow and clearly defined and made consistent with human rights obligations ensuring freedom of expression.”

Read the release here.

Earlier this month the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stated that she was “firmly convinced that the current text contains all the elements that would foster and underpin a consensual outcome of the Durban Review Conference.”

The draft document in its current form can be read here.

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