The written statement on Falluja and OAS action (E/CN.4/2005/NGO/132), of course, circulated -- and is available on UN website. I made a very strong "Falluja" statement under item 10 (econ/soc and cultural rights) due to the right to health, food, water, housing etc under that item and good special rapporteurs on these subjects. The US actually tried to prevent the Right to Food Rapporteur (Jean Ziegler, Switz) from reporting on the US!! In any case, my speech was well-received, stressing again the death of the Geneva Conventions if other States do not rally. I spent much time with former reps of Iraq to get factual support for Falluja action. Naji has prepared some good documents, some of which I have now, and some of which he will send when fully translated from Arabic. There was also an emergency communication from "al-ani" who is on the way there, so that took some time. In any case, I have people and facts lined up -- now we only need to fund this petition!!
As you know, there are a number of other issues that I work on, so I was stretched pretty thin and got, essentially no time off except one late Sat afternoon I took a high school intern to a basketball game in Lausanne (half hour by train). Other than that, week-ends were back to back meetings: with Mme Koufa on terrorism reports; with UK immigration court supervising judge on getting my help to help educate the UK authorities on certain key asylum issues; with reps of the Falun Gong practitioners; with friends from DU and other issues who returned to Geneva after several years (Elias Davidsson, for example) and the like. I also had to chair or appear at a number of other round tables on terrorism, etc. And reviewing and signing joint statements. And on and on.
Our Iraq lobby also drafted and circulated a "joint" statement on Iraq -- getting almost 40 NGO signatures. That alone is quite a feat. Of course, meetings with Naji and reps from Arab Union of Jurists about the Falluja case took much time, but were very useful. And I had the usual "friendly pushing" sessions with the many Special Rapportuers, most of whom I have known for many years. One goal is for a team of them (health, food, housing, etc) to request a joint mission. The US will refuse, but they will have made their point. And the fact that they don't make a mission does not mean that they cannot write up events.
I targeted more closely the gov reps I met with, and then mainly to see if the US would be resisted in its attempt fully to seize the UN. I was less involved with lobbying specific resolutions as other collegues were dealing with that. I needed reconnaisance. Actually, the best of these sessions was a lunch meeting with leading German rep -- who also reps at EU sessions. I got the clear impression that the European governments know what the US is up to, and does not yet have a cohesive plan to deal with it. Kofi Annan came and unloaded his "UN reform" plan to the session earlier that week (I think it has a decided "made in the USA" stamp to it) and the German rep and I had a long bit on how better to reform. I gave her quite a pocketfull of useful ideas, and if Germany starts to promote some of them, we'll know where they came from. Human Rights Watch, as I would predict, fell all over themselves over Kofi's plan. Must keep a sharper eye on those guys. And track their $$??
A second meeting with gov reps was to keep pushing the States that have already purchased to either return, or for sure not even think about using "DU" (aka UWs). Pakistan and Russia got my attention on that one. The over-all consensus of long-time buddies at the US is that there is much resistence to the US -- especially clear with a strong Latin America bloc with Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, even Mexico, Venezuela, and, of course, Cuba. Not as strong a bloc in Africa due to many many problems there. Ditto Asia. Europe is trying to find a path -- and is itself divided. But some "gung-ho" pro USA States are clearly having second thoughts.