UN Testimony: Wife of Raif Badawi Urges His Release as Saudis Seek UNHRC Reelection

Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, addressing a United Nations press conference organized by UN Watch, Human Rights Foundation, and the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre. October 6, 2016   Following are the remarks of Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, …

Issue 607: U.N. Dictators & Their Apologists

 Wall Street Journal TV Interview: “U.N. Dictators & Their Apologists” Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Cuba seek re-election to UNHRC AGAIN: Swiss nominate Jean Ziegler to be UN rights expert—even though he was the UN agent of serial rapist Muammar Qaddafi CLICK FOR VIDEO  GENEVA, Sept. 21, 2016 …

Mia Farrow Heads Campaign to Block Sudan from UN Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE 30 human rights groups file objection with UN Legal Counsel to disqualify Sudan’s candidacy Activists sent letters to 193 U.N. member states GENEVA, Aug. 30 –  Mia Farrow, film star and longtime advocate for victims in Darfur, heads a campaign of human rights activists that today launched a …

Human rights abusers use UNHRC election to mask violations

FOLLOWING the October 28 election of 18 countries to the UN Human Rights Council, covered by UN Watch here, countries with serious question marks over their human rights records have been trumpeting their election to the Council, using it as a propaganda tool to silence dissent and obscure continued violation of …

Issue 556: UN Human Rights Council to Hold Special Assembly for Speech by Venezuelan Ruler; UN Watch Calls for Boycott

APPEARANCES BY OTHER DICTATORS “LIKELY TO FOLLOW” UN Watch demands equal time for wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez GENEVA, November 9, 2015 – One month before Venezuela holds parliamentary elections, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to hold a rare special assembly this Thursday to hear a …

Again: Saudis to Behead of UN Human Rights Council Panel

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, September 20, 2015 – U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini should condemn and work to reverse the appointment of Saudi Arabia as chair of a key UN Human Rights Council panel that selects top officials who shape international human rights standards and …

Saudis Drop Bid to Behead of UN Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE But Saudis Host UN-Backed Conference to “Combat Religious Intolerance” GENEVA, June 8, 2015 – Following UN Watch’s protest campaign, Saudi Arabia has failed in its bid to be head of the UN Human Rights Council next year, reported the Tribune de Genève today. “This is good …

UN Watch Condemns Saudi Bid to Head UN Rights Council, Urges World Leaders to Oppose “Oppressive, Fundamentalist Regime”

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, May 13, 2015 – The fundamentalist Saudi monarchy is seeking to head the world’s top human rights body, a move liable to be “the final nail in the coffin for the credibility of a body that already counts dictatorships like China, Cuba, and Russia as members, and whose top advisor is …

UN Recognizes Gay Marriage for Staffers, Yet Key UN Bodies Undermine Gay Rights

GENEVA, July 8, 2014 – Geneva-based rights group UN Watch welcomed UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s recognition of staffers’ same-sex marriages, but said the world body would only send a clear message on equal rights when its top human rights bodies “stop adopting anti-gay resolutions, and stop …