The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today suspended its four-week substantive session, after an intense day during which it adopted drafts on several contentious issues, including the participation of certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the United Nations system, and the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation.
This afternoon, the Council decided, by a recorded vote of 28 in favour to 4 against (China, Cuba, Russian Federation, Zimbabwe), and 22 abstentions, to suspend the consultative status of the non-governmental organization Tupaj Amaru for one year (Annex III). It rejected, however, a motion calling for a three-year suspension of the Transnational Radical Party (TRP) by a recorded vote of20 in favour to 22 against, with 11 abstentions (Annex IV).
The Committee on NGOs had recommended the suspensions. In the case of Tupaj Amaru, a complaint had been received from the United States that during the Commission on Human Rights 2003 session, two of the NGO’s delegates had rushed towards the United States delegation carrying a large cylindrical object, had unfurled a banner and had chanted anti-American slogans. Viet Nam had accused the Transnational Radical Party of providing accreditation to individuals during the Commission’s 2002 session who were members of the Montagnard Foundation, Inc. (MFI), which Viet Nam considered a terrorist organization.