Issue 171: U.S. says no to UN millions for Libyan-led racism conference

U.S. says no to UN millions for Libyan-led racism conference Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s envoy to the UN, won plaudits after the U.S. cast the sole opposing vote on a UN budget that allocates $7 million for a series of global conferences on racism …

Human Rights Council abolishes expert group monitoring Darfur

The UN Human Rights Council concluded its final session of 2007 by abolishing a group of experts who had reported on Sudan’s massive human rights abuses in the province of Darfur. By turning its back on the victims of Darfur, the council — which is controlled by powerful regional blocs that include …

South Africa Opposes UN Human Rights Resolutions

The following op-ed appeared in today’s Sunday Times of South Africa. South Africa at the UN: Your Freedom and Mine Hillel Neuer At the United Nations recently, South Africa outdid even Saudi Arabia in opposing or refusing to support resolutions for victims of human rights violations in Belarus, Burma, …

UN Ends Scrutiny of Cuba and Belarus, Indicts Israel

By a vote of 165 to 7, a UN General Assembly committee last Friday approved “institution-building” changes to the Human Rights Council that actually weaken or eliminate several of its key institutions. The package scraps the independent investigators of abuses in Cuba and Belarus, makes it harder to …

UN Watch Lauds UN Resolution Deploring Burmese Repression, Tells Human Rights Council to Mark Gandhi’s Birthday

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Oct. 2, 2007 — UN Watch today welcomed the adoption by a UN Human Rights Council emergency session of a resolution “strongly deploring” the “violent repression of peaceful demonstrations” in Burma. However, “we were disappointed that the final text was watered …