UN investigator draws ire for Boston commentary

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Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 1:04 PM

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. special investigator has stirred up controversy with his provocative published remarks about the Boston marathon bombings, drawing the ire of top U.N. and government officials.

Richard Falk, the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories who reports to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, wrote about the attacks in an April 21 commentary in Foreign Policy Journal that "the American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world."

The British and U.S. missions to the U.N. in New York and the advocacy groups Anti-Defamation League and U.N. Watch all questioned Falk's capabilities for the U.N. job.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Wednesday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rejects Falk's comments, which could undermine the U.N.'s credibility and work.

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