China, Russia, Nicaragua, Bangladesh Win Seats On UN Organ Overseeing Human Rights

GENEVA, June 19, 2019 — UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization, condemned the recent election of serial human rights abusers China, Russia, Nicaragua and Bangladesh to the 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a top UN body that regulates human rights groups, oversees the UN …

Nicaragua Praised in UN Human Rights Review Despite Year-Long Crackdown on Dissent

GENEVA, May 16, 2019 — Despite Nicaragua’s brutal crackdown on dissent since protests erupted in April 2018, UN delegates lined up yesterday at the Human Rights Council to applaud the government’s track record on human rights, as the country underwent a mandatory review that all UN member states …

UN to elect tyrannies to oversee human rights NGOs

GENEVA, April 16, 2018 – A Swiss-based watchdog organization today called on the world body not to elect a “rogues’ gallery of the world’s worst human rights abusers” to the 19-nation UN committee that accredits human rights organizations, including candidate countries Iran, Russia, …

Defend the rights of victims in Nicaragua

UN Watch Statement Human Rights Council, 27thSession UPR of Nicaragua 19 September 2014 Delivered by Signe Kossmann   Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch is deeply concerned with the human rights situation in Nicaragua. In its recent UPR, many stakeholders voiced great concern over the widespread violations of …

UN Watch slams election of Congo & Kuwait to UN rights council, hails defeat of Nicaragua

PRESS RELEASE Urges new members India, Indonesia, Philippines to improve stance on resolutions for victims NEW YORK, May 20 — UN Watch slammed the UN’s election today of Congo and Kuwait to the Human Rights Council, but hailed the defeat of Nicaragua, after a campaign with other rights groups that …

Rights groups oppose UN rights seats for Congo, Kuwait, Nicaragua; question India, Indonesia, Philippines, Burkina Faso

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, May 17 — Three days before the UN chooses 15 new member states to its Human Rights Council, human rights groups today said Congo, Kuwait and Nicaragua failed to meet the membership criteria, while the qualifications of India, Indonesia, Philippines and Burkina Faso were …

Syria’s Assad seeks UN rights council seat after Qaddafi ousted

PRESS RELEASE Nicaragua’s Ortega, supporter of Qaddafi, also a candidate GENEVA, March 9 – One week after Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s regime was suspended from the U.N.’s 47-nation Human Rights Council for “gross and systematic” violations, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad …

New UN Rights Appointee Pledges to Attack U.S. “Monster” and Israel

PRESS RELEASE NGO urges U.S. to condemn d’Escoto’s “divisive and politicized abuse of mandate” Geneva, June 23 —  As the Geneva-based non-governmental organization UN Watch warned last week, controversial ex-Sandinista Miguel d’Escoto is already abusing his new mandate as adviser …