U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement on William Schabas’s decision to resign from the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry. In August, Schumer wrote to U.N. Representative Samantha Power urging the United States to defund and withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council if Schabas is not removed. Schabas had previously made anti-Israel comments and, thus, Schumer has said that his findings on Israel would be subjective and biased.
“While I am pleased that William Schabas has removed himself from the UNHRC Commission of Inquiry, the fact remains that he has poisoned the well of the Commission, and his resignation is too little too late to salvage the legitimacy of any report it issues.
“From the beginning, I have made it clear that William Schabas was unfit to serve on the UNHRC based on his well-documented history of bias against Israel, a point made crystal clear by the recent news that Mr. Schabas has served as a consultant to the PLO. His decision to step down, only a month before the release of the report, in no way absolves the commission of bias and any product they publish should be seen for the biased product it is and rejected by the court of public opinion.”—U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer