Human Rights Day Marred by Election of Slave-holding Mauritania as VP of UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Syria remains on UNESCO human rights committee GENEVA, Dec. 10 – UN Watch condemned today’s election of Mauritania, a country that allows 800,000 of its citizens to live as slaves, as Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council. In addition, the Geneva-based group also announced the failure …

U.N. Human Rights Council drops to only 40% free after election of Libya, Angola, Mauritania, Qatar, Malaysia

PRESS RELEASE ‘Elections without competition were phony’ Geneva, May 13, 2010 — Human rights groups condemned today’s election of Libya, Angola, Mauritania, Qatar and Malaysia to the UN Human Rights Council, countries rated as having poor records on human rights. (See full voting results at …

Call for Action to Thwart Bid by Libya, and other notorious human rights abusers, to join UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE New York, May 4, 2010 — Two UN watchdog organizations today urged the United Nations General Assembly to reject five candidates for the United Nations Human Rights Council–- Libya, as well as Angola, Malaysia, Mauritania, and Qatar. In a May 13 election among the UN General Assembly membership, …

Evaluation of 2010-2013 UN Human Rights Council Candidates: Joint Analysis by Freedom House and UN Watch Presented at United Nations Headquarters, May 4, 2010

Analysis On May 13, 2010, the UN General Assembly will vote to fill 14 of the 47 Human Rights Council seats in the annual rotation of membership. Fourteen countries have presented themselves as candidates for the 14 open seats, including Libya for one of the four open Africa seats. The election of Libya and other …