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SUBJECT: NGO COMMITTEE -- INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACTION ON
SEVERAL NGO APPLICATIONS.
¶1. World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ).
ACTION REQUEST. Action in the NGO Committee on a complaint
against the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) has
been deferred until tomorrow, June 5. Mission is instructed
to continue to use vigorous efforts to seek an outcome
favorable to WUPJ. If it is not possible to secure outright
dismissal or rejection of the complaints, deferral until the
next session of the NGO Committee in January 2009 would be an
acceptable outcome. If some compromise outcome other than
suspension or revocation of WUPJ's consultative status, such
as a letter of reprimand, should appear possible, Mission
should support such a compromise if and only if it is
acceptable to WUPJ. Mission should continue to consult
closely with WUPJ and with the Department on this matter.
¶2. The NGO Committee will be taking action on June 5 and 6
on the following NGO applications for ECOSOC consultative
-- Assyrian Academic Society.
-- Democracy Coalition Project
-- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).
-- Hudson Institute.
-- Human Rights Foundation.
ACTION REQUEST. The U.S. supports these applications.
Opposition to the applications appears to be based on the
organizations' human rights advocacy and/or their
associations with other human rights advocates rather than on
legitimate non-ideological concerns. Mission is instructed
to support these applications vigorously and to oppose
deferral. In the event it should be impossible to secure
consensus approval of one or more applications, Mission
should advise the organizations in question about the likely
consequences of calling a vote, including Mission's best
assessment of the chances that our position would prevail.
Mission should call a vote on the application of any of these
organizations that requests us to do so after being so
advised. Mission should vote in favor of the applications
and use its best efforts to encourage other Committee members
to do so.
¶3. Asociacao Brasileira de Gays, Lesbicas e Transgenerous
ABGLT, a Brazilian NGO, is also applying for ECOSOC
consultative status. Opponents of the application have
presented evidence that Luiz Mott, a prominent member and
former officer of the organization, has written and posted on
the Internet a number of statements advocating sexual
relations between adults and minors and/or describing in
detail what he sees as the appealing aspects of such
relationships. The organization's reaction to widespread
publicity over these writings has been to maintain its ties
to Mott, make clear that it will continue to maintain these
ties until and unless Mott should be convicted of a criminal
offense, and to wage a vigorous campaign on behalf of Mott
and against those who have publicized his advocacy of
pedophilia. ABGLT's campaign on behalf of Mott does not
appear to deny that he is the author of the statements and
writings in question. Rather, its position appears to be
that these statements and writings are acceptable and that
criticism of them is unacceptable. U.S. policy is to support
NGO consultative status for organizations with whose
positions the United States disagrees, however strongly, but
to vote against such status for any organization closely
linked to advocacy of pedophilia, regardless of whether
criminal charges have been filed against the organization or
any of its members.
ACTION REQUEST. The U.S. should join a consensus decision to
defer consideration of ABGLT's application, but if a vote is
called, Mission is instructed to vote against the