Issue 162: UN Human Rights Council to Absolve Cuba and Belarus; Israel Facing Permanent Indictment

Dictators Fidel Castro of Cuba and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus will be celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s likely adoption tomorrow of a new reform package that will see both regimes dropped from a blacklist, while Israel is placed under permanent indictment. Contrary to all the promises of …

Why Irwin Cotler Said No to the Tutu Mission

In this Issue: UN Council to Absolve Cuban and Belarus Regimes, Place Israel Under Permanent Indictment The Tutu Mission: Why Irwin Cotler Said No Iran’s Racism Exposed in Plenary Anti-Western Official Jean Ziegler Questioned Also Watched: Libya to Chair Anti-Racism Panel? UN Rights Council to Absolve Cuba …

UN Human Rights Council Elections: Disappointment if Abusers Elected

PRESS RELEASE Existing violators incude China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia   Geneva, May 17, 2007   —  After a year of failed reforms and disappointment at the the UN’s Human Rights Council, the dominant bloc of non-democratic members led by China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia today is likely to …

UN Human Rights Council Debates Violations in Cuba, Somalia, Palestinian Territories

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Sept. 26, 2006 — Today the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva debated reports delivered by its human rights envoys for Somalia, Cuba and the Palestinian territories. UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization that monitors the world body’s human rights activities, …

2006 UN Rights Panel Includes Abusers, Underscores Need for Reform

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Jan 16, 2006 – The U.N.’s much derided Commission on Human Rights, slated to be replaced soon by a proposed new council, formally opened its 2006 session today with Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe and several other accused rights abusers assuming their seats on the 53-nation body. According …

Issue 129: Authoritarians as Human Rights Adjudicators

With the annual meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights more than a month away, the traditional furor at its hypocrisies has come early.  From England’s Sunday Telegraph to the Miami Herald, editorial writers were outraged to learn that Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe were elected to a five-member …