Countries must stop using UPR to oppose the Council’s country-specific work

Statement by UN Watch Item 6 General Debate, UNHRC 32nd Session Delivered by Ms. Charis Marantzidou, 27 June 2016 Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch is deeply concerned by endemic misuse of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism by numerous countries. First, UN Watch deplores the use of the UPR process for mutual …

Countries rush to praise Sudan during flawed human rights review

GENEVA, May 4, 2016 — As expected, Sudan’s universal periodic review (UPR) was by and large a wasted opportunity. The UPR is a process by which the UN Human Rights Council scrutinizes the human rights record of each UN member state every four years. Although some countries took the floor to condemn …

Report on Sudan’s Submission Ahead of UN Human Rights Review

Report on Sudan’s Submission to UN Human Rights Review UN Watch May 3, 2016 This report by UN Watch analyzes Sudan’s submission to the UN about its human rights record ahead of its appearance on May 4, 2016, before the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, a …

Lebanon tries in vain to deflect UN Watch criticism of rights abuses

Statement by UN Watch UPR of Lebanon Agenda Item 6, UNHRC 31st Session 16 March 2016 Delivered by Mr. Hillel Neuer I thank you, Mr. President. The purpose of this human rights review is to make a difference for men and women on the ground, by holding governments to account. In that regard, we ask: Should human …

Micronesia has taken firm and principled positions in support of peace, human rights and equality

Statement by UN Watch UPR of Micronesia Agenda Item 6, UNHRC 31st Session 16 March 2016 Delivered by Mr. Hillel Neuer Watch the video of the speech below Thank you Mr. President. UN Watch welcomes the delegation of Micronesia. According to the annual human rights survey by Freedom House, Micronesia received the …

Marshall Islands speaks out against demonization and double-standards at the UN General Assembly

UN Watch Oral Statement UPR of Marshall Islands Agenda Item 6 30th Session, Human Rights Council 24 September 2015 Thank you Mr. President. UN Watch welcomes the delegation of the Marshall Islands. According to the annual human rights survey by Freedom House, the Marshall Islands received the highest possible …

Libya should ensure the full respect of all human rights

Statement by UN Watch UNHRC 30th Session Agenda Item 6, Adoption of Libya UPR report 25 September 2015 Delivered by Maygane Janin Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch is deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Libya. In regard to the report that is before us today, we call attention to three areas of …

It is time for Belarus to demonstrate that it respects minimal international standards

Statement by UN Watch UPR Report on Belarus Agenda Item 6, UNHRC 30th Session 24 September 2015 Delivered by Mr. Samuel Talalay Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch is deeply concerned by the situation of human rights in Belarus, as reflected in today’s report. We address three areas of particular concern. First, …

The Maldives must release former president Nasheed immediately

Statement by UN Watch UPR Report on Maldives Agenda Item 6, UNHRC 30th Session 24 September 2015 Delivered by Kimron Flicker   Thank you, Mr President. UN Watch is gravely concerned about the human rights situation in the Maldives. In regard to the report that is before us today, we call attention to two …