UNITED NATIONS - Third world diplomats Thursday deplored as "sinister" the campaign mounted by two western non-governmental organizations (NGOs) against the candidature of Pakistan and other developing countries to the U.N. Human Rights Council. "We're not surprised," an African diplomat said of the report issued by the NGOs -- Freedom House and UN Watch -- saying that Pakistan, Gabon, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and Zambia do not deserve a seat on the 47-member Council, the UN top rights body, because of their human right record. "Their negative propaganda is part of their historical opposition to the voices of developing countries in the human rights bodies," he added. The report of Freedom House and UN Watch was unveiled here as the UN General Assembly is set to elect 15 new members of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council - one third of its membership - on May 21. The 192-member assembly established the the council -- the successor to the discredited UN Human Rights Commission -- in 2006 by a vote which was opposed only by United States, Israel, Marshall Islands and Palau. During interviews with The Nation's correspondent, third world diplomats, who declined to be identified, said that the two NGOs, which are funded by secret agencies of the Western governments, target countries that forcefully advocate the cause of the developing world. The New York-based Freedom House, it was pointed out, has a long history of funding by the US government, including the CIA, for its clandestine activities in developing States. Indeed, various media reports including Financial Times have exposed its ties  to some of the Western secret agencies. The the Geneva-based UN Watch is also averse to all efforts of development in the poor countries. It recently reacted viciously to Jean Ziegler, the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, for his criticism of the skewed policies of the Western governments that have led to the present food crisis. "Ziegler's only mistake was that he put his finger on the problem," a Latin American envoy said. "Truth hurts." Most U.N. diplomats took exception to the two NGOs' opposition to Pakistan, especially when February's fair and free elections have led to the establishment of a fully functional democracy committed to good governance and human rights in the country. "Obviously, what such organizations do not like is Pakistan 's strong advocacy of the rights of the developing countries, such as right to development, right to food, fight against racism and racial discrimination as also its role as the chair of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)," a senior Asian delegate said.