Iran “Human Rights” Center Boosts UN-based Bid to Erode Universal Guarantees

PRESS RELEASE International Sponsors Should Pull Out GENEVA, Nov. 21 – As Western countries seek to have the UN condemn Iran for abusing human rights, a Tehran “human rights” center is to hold inaugural global conferences this week in a stepped-up bid to erode universal rights in favor of a “cultural …

Issue 77: The Composition of the Commission on Human Rights

The Commission on Human Rights, the central human rights event on the UN calendar, is due to commence its annual six-week session on 18 March. Analysis:Every year, Freedom House, an independent think-tank, publishes a freedom index that measures political rights and civil liberties around the globe. Using criteria …

Issue 50: Promoting democratic principles in multilateral fora

This week, 107 States gathered in Warsaw for the first Community of Democracies meeting. This meeting has borrowed what is good from the UN’s approach to promoting democracy and built upon it. Analysis: There is a growing tendency within the UN to link human rights with democracy. For the last two years the UN …

Issue 26: The Commission on Human Rights passes a no-action motion, blocking a resolution on China

Last Friday, 22 members of the Commission on Human Rights passed a no-action motion, blocking a US-backed resolution on the situation of human rights in China. Analysis: After extensive consultations, the wording of the draft resolution was extremely moderate, calling on the government of China to, • …

Issue 24: Human rights as a necessary element for economic stability and the prevention of armed conflict

The 55th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights opened in Geneva on Monday with the election of Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson as Chairman. A central theme to emerge has been human rights and world stability. This theme was expressed in terms of (1) human rights as a necessary factor for long term economic …

Issue 19: China’s recent widely-reported human rights violations

In the past month, China has committed several widely-reported human rights violations. Xu Wenli, Qin Yongmin, and Wang Yucai were sentenced to 13, 12, and 11 year jail terms respectively, for organizing a democratic party to challenge the Communist Party. As well, Zhang Shanguang received a 10 year sentence for …