The US Administration of Joe Biden withdrew the candidacy of a leading rights activist Tuesday due to his criticism of Israel, just days after nominating him to serve on a leading human rights panel, the Anadolu News Agency reported.
When it nominated James Cavallaro to serve on the Organization of American States commission from 2024-2027, the State Department hailed the activist as a “leading scholar and practitioner of international law with deep expertise in the region as well as the Inter-American human rights system.”
However, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the decision to withdraw Cavallaro’s nomination to serve as the commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was made over his “inappropriate” past statements.
“His statements clearly do not reflect US policy. They are not a reflection of what we believe. And they are inappropriate, to say the least,” Price told reporters.
Cavallaro, who has a long track record working in human rights, was informed of the decision during a meeting at the US State Department on Tuesday morning. He said the decision was “due to my statements denouncing apartheid in Israel/Palestine.”
“Today, the State Dept informed me that they were withdrawing my candidacy because of my view that the conditions in Israel/Palestine meet the definition of apartheid under international human rights law,” he wrote on Twitter.
“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
? Kevin Alfred Strom