AP, DPA, EFE quote UN Watch on election of Qatar, Congo, Pakistan to top rights body

When Qatar, Pakistan, Congo, Afghanistan and Angola were elected yesterday to the UN’s highest human rights body, major news media turned to UN Watch for analysis and commentary.
Associated Press:

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based rights group, singled out three of the winners — Congo, Qatar and Pakistan — for criticism, saying for the U.N. to elect them “as a world judge on human rights is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief.”

Deutsche Presse-Agentur:

Head of NGO on Congo’s Election to UN Human Rights Council
“For the UN to elect Qatar, Congo or Pakistan as a world judge on human rights is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief.”
—Hillel Neuer, head of non-governmental organization UN Watch, after Congo was elected to the UN’s Human Rights Council.


Deutsche Welle:

“This is like making a pyromaniac the town fire chief,” said the head of the NGO UN Watch, Hillel Neuer.

Spanish news agency EFE:

“That the UN choose Qatar, Congo or Pakistan as world judges in human rights is like making a pyromaniac fire chief,” UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said in a statement.

The Secretary-General with H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Minister for Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar

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