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The UN Development Program Director and Bias against Men

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23 March 2009

The Secretary-General
Mr. Ban Ki-moon
UN Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

The United Nations Development Program Director and Bias against Men


Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon,

On 3 December 2006, I wrote to you in my capacity as secretary of the International Pro-Male Association. I pointed out the clear irrationality and discriminatory nature of the one-sided emphasis placed by the United Nations on women’s perceived rights and needs. I stated that the standards of rationality and intelligence employed by the United Nations decision-making process should be of the highest order – with the clear implication that these standards had not been met. I also affirmed that was not enough simply to assume, on the basis of emotive language and selective, or even fictionalised data, that women were relatively disadvantaged.

I have received no reply to that letter from you, and I have no reason to believe that my concerns have been addressed. It is, therefore, natural that my thoughts should turn to what can be done about this situation, and – since I have a law degree – the possibility of taking legal action against the United Nations is coming under consideration. The United Nations is active in New Zealand (e.g. in its role as a disseminator of internet propaganda) and so causes of action such as discrimination and defamation under New Zealand law suggest themselves.

Th UN Secretary-General's database on violence against women, UNIFEM, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (to name but three) are examples of United Nations entities/documents which, by their very existence, as well as through their associated policies and activities, arguably place the United Nations in breach of New Zealand law. For example, it discriminates against men and defames men to disseminate the clear (and false) message that domestic violence is – to all intents and purposes – a matter of what men do to women. I refer you to Professor Martin Fiebert's annotated bibliography of domestic violence research (last accessed on 23 March 2009), in which he states:

" This bibliography examines 247 scholarly investigations: 188 empirical studies and 59 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 240,200."

I would like to conclude by raising the issue of the candidacy of former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, for the position of Director of the United Nations Development Program. Her government was grossly anti-male, and her appointment to the above position would undoubtedly result in an increase in the United Nations' liability along the lines outlined in this letter.


Yours sincerely,

Peter D. Zohrab


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Peter Douglas Zohrab

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