A prominent human rights lawyer has taken aim at Helen Clark after she was appointed the head of a review into the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hillel Neuer, executive director of watchdog group UN Watch, says New Zealand’s former Prime Minister is too close to China and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to carry out the role effectively.
He also describes her as “an apologist for WHO wrongdoing” and took issue with her blocking him and UN Watch on Twitter. Source: MSN News
MSN News reported that it was not known why Clark blocked Neuer and UN Watch on Twitter. Newshub reached out to a representative of Helen Clark for comment, but had not received a response at time of publishing.
That’s typical of Clark. She’s a ruthless person who does not like being questioned or held accountable for her actions. Besides Clark’s close links with communist China, should she be the person heading a review into the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, given what the Petrie report revealed about her administration of the UNDP?
The Petrie report
Under Clark’s leadership, the UNDP had soft-pedalled on human rights issues in general to maintain access for UNDP personnel in countries ruled by human rights violators.
The UN’s failings on this score were singled out for criticism within a major report (called the “Petrie Report”) that harshly criticised the UN’s reluctance to publicise and condemn the indiscriminate killing of some 70,000 Tamils that occurred in the closing months of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Senior UNDP official Lena Sinha had been instructed to co-operate with the authors of the Petrie Report, but was then allegedly blamed and blacklisted by Clark and her top managers for doing so. Source: Gordon Campbell: the latest allegations against Helen Clark, 26 May 2016
“Sinha would later recall in a July 2015 email to a UNDP human resources official that two days after the formal release of the Petrie report she was “informed that UNDP had convened a ‘high-level crisis meeting’ regarding the Sri Lanka report, with the findings and recommendations, and my role therein, discussed, and that it was said that ‘I would never work for UNDP again,’” according to the email, which was reviewed by FP.” Source: Sri Lanka Brief
Helen Clark and Charles Petrie
Charles Petrie has been fighting for justice for Rwanda for 25 years. Petrie says he took the allegations to former Prime Minister Clark after she was appointed head of the UNDP in April 2009.
“British-born Petrie, who has also worked in Afghanistan, Somalia, Gaza and New York, said: “Almost from the moment I started to make my arguments, I realised she wasn’t interested … She didn’t show much interest, so I ended up curtailing the discussion.
Maybe it was because she was just starting her tenure. I would imagine that afterwards people close to her would have told her to drop the case.”
Petrie added: “I think doing so lay the groundwork for the rather poor relationship I had with her from then on.
The two would later clash over an investigation Petrie later wrote that sharply criticised the agency’s response to mass atrocities in Sri Lanka.” Source: Helen Clark ‘wasn’t interested’ in UN Rwanda genocide claims
You can see Charles Petrie here – Charles Petrie: The Triumph of evil
Helen Clark’s office denies she left trail of ’embittered peers and subordinates’ at United Nations: The claims against her included that Clark “ruthlessly ended the careers of underlings in her quest to advance her candidacy and of undercutting the UN’s promotion of human rights,” Lynch wrote.