Algeria tells UN Durban follow-up session: Islamohobia is the new anti-Semitism

In what may be a portent of things to come, Islamic accusations against the West dominated a UN session today dedicated to follow-up of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban, South Africa.  This week in Geneva saw the first meeting of the “Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on …

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 …

Islamic bid to amend UN religious intolerance resolution

Islamic states are challenging the draft text of the annual UN resolution on religious intolerance, demanding that deference to religion be allowed to trump freedom of the press and freedom of speech. During consultations organized last week by the European Union, which will be presenting its draft at the Human …

Pakistan and UN Islamic Bloc Slam Holocaust Survivors; UN Watch and NGO Coalition Protests

UN Human Rights Council, Sept. 25, 2007 Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC): “In many instances Holocaust survivors, instead of promoting . . . harmony, are campaigning against Muslim symbols in the Western world. They should be the most ardent advocates against …

Reform or Regression? Latest from the U.N. Human Rights Council

Discredited Council Opens Second Year The UN Human Rights Council is in the middle of a three-week session in Geneva, its first after the conclusion of a year-long process of reform and institution building. The first ten days of the Council were largely technical, with discussion of the council’s …

Islamic Protesters "Pleased" With Louise Arbour's Response

When the alliance of fifty-six Islamic states complained to Ms. Arbour in 2005 about the cartoons in a Danish newspaper that they deemed blasphemous—and which eventually served as grounds for bloody riots—she reportedly instructed the UN experts on racism and religion to follow up on their complaint. “I …

UN Rights Council Considering Draft Resolutions

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, October 6, 2006 – In the final meeting of its second regular session, the UN Human Rights Council today is considering 45 proposed resolutions, said UN Watch, a non-governmental organization in Geneva that closely follows the Council’s proceedings.  Only five, however, allege …

New Human Rights Council Proposal Falls Short

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Feb 23, 2006 – Today’s proposed UN resolution to replace the world body’s discredited human rights commission with a new council offers some improvements, but falls short of the broad reforms urged by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN …

Human Rights Groups Oppose Ban on Blasphemy in New Human Rights Council Charter

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Feb. 20, 2006 –  Three human rights groups today urged the President of the General Assembly and the United Nations to reject last-minute attempts to incorporate Islamic religious precepts into the charter of the world body’s new human rights council. The three non-governmental …