New Report: U.N. Rights Council Turning into “Mutual Praise Society”

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, February 6, 2009 — The peer review sessions of the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council are being misused by countries to praise allies and criticize enemies instead of highlighting genuine cases of abuse, a non-governmental human rights group said today. (Click here for 124-page …

Easy Ride for Pakistan in UN Rights Review

Press Release Geneva, May 8, 2008 — Pakistan’s delicate handling by the UN Human Rights Council today underscored deep flaws in a new procedure that many hoped would prove the exception to a disappointing two years of attempted reforms, said UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that monitors the world body. “Instead …

Islamic and African States Fail to Block UN Webcast of Human Rights Hearings

Bahrain First to Undergo “Seriously Flawed” Review Procedure Geneva, April 7, 2008 — Facing opposition by Arab, Islamic and African states, the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to webcast its review of Bahrain, the first to undergo a new procedure that will scrutinize all UN members, constituted a small …

Islamic and African States Fail to Block UN Webcast of Human Rights Hearings

PRESS RELEASE Bahrain First to Undergo “Seriously Flawed” Review Procedure  Geneva, April 7, 2008 — Facing opposition by Arab, Islamic and African states, the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to webcast its review of Bahrain, the first to undergo a new procedure that will scrutinize all UN members, …

Castro and Lukashenko to Celebrate at UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, June 18, 2007  —   UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer issued the following statement today regarding the Human Rights Council president’s text: Defining the text as a victory, as some have, is possible only by lowering one’s expectations, defined down to reflect the depressing …

Reform or Regression?: An Assessment of the New UN Human Rights Council

Table of Contents Executive Summary 2 I. Introduction 4 II. Council Responsibilities 9 III. Assessment 10 A. Membership 10 B. Ending Politicization and Selectivity 12 1. The Regular Session 13 2. The First Special Session 16 3. The Second Special Session 17 4. The Sub-Commission and Other Bodies 20 C. Addressing …