Libya clashes with U.S., demands UNHRC president ‘delete’ NGO request to eject Qaddafi from U.N. Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Libyan dissident: “Why is Qaddafi on the Human Rights Council?”; 27 NGOs Launch Campaign to Suspend Libya Geneva, September 20 — A week into its controversial new membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council, Libya clashed with the U.S. today after the representative of the Qaddafi …

Call for Action to Thwart Bid by Libya, and other notorious human rights abusers, to join UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE New York, May 4, 2010 — Two UN watchdog organizations today urged the United Nations General Assembly to reject five candidates for the United Nations Human Rights Council–- Libya, as well as Angola, Malaysia, Mauritania, and Qatar. In a May 13 election among the UN General Assembly membership, …

50 Rights Groups Urge UN to Reinstate Congo Monitor

PRESS RELEASE “The UN Human Rights Council must assume its responsibilities” Geneva, Dec. 22, 2009 – Fifty human rights groups from around the world today united in calling on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to reinstate the mandate for a human rights …

Rights Group: New Report Shows UN Rights Council Shielding Worst Abusers, “Foxes Guarding the Chickens”

PRESS RELEASE Urges U.S. to Reject HRC Resolutions in Today’s General Assembly Vote  NEW YORK, Dec. 10 — As the UN General Assembly was set today to approve the Human Rights Council’s past year of resolutions, a Geneva-based human rights watchdog called on the U.S. and other democracies to vote in …

Rights Group Warns Against ‘Foxes Guarding the Chickens’; Opposes U.N. Rights Council Seats for China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch Concerned About Stalled Geneva Bid for Special Session on Sri Lanka Killings New York, May 12, 2009 — The expected reelection today of China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia to the U.N. Human Rights Council, despite their much-criticized human rights records, means that, “once again, …

Human Rights Abusers Poised to Take Seats on UN Council; “Don’t Let Foxes Guard the Chickens,” Urges UN Watch

PRESS RELEASE New York, May 6, 2009 — More than a third of the countries vying for seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council have dismal human rights records that should disqualify them from membership, according to a new report from Freedom House and UN Watch, presented today at U.N. Headquarters in …

Issue 191: UN Watch Releases Report on Human Rights Council Candidates

UN Watch was at U.N. headquarters in New York yesterday to release a joint report with Freedom House opposing repressive regimes running for election to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The luncheon briefing was co-organized by both human rights groups, and attended by diplomats, reporters and human rights …

UN Watch to HRC: Apologize for Scrapping Congo Monitor, Send Fact-Finders to Investigate Murder and Rape of Civilians

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, November 26, 2008 — UN Watch welcomed the announcement of a UN Human Rights Council emergency session on the worsening situation in eastern Congo, to be held Friday, and urged the 47-nation body to reinstate the independent monitor that it scrapped in March, and to dispatch an immediate …

UN Watch Raps UN Election of Pakistan to Rights Council, Lauds NGO Defeat of Sri Lanka Bid

PRESS RELEASE Neuer: “Foxes are guarding the chickens” Geneva, May 21, 2008 — UN Watch expressed concern today after 114 UN General Assembly members failed to respect human rights standards by electing Pakistan to the Human Rights Council, with an even larger 142 supporting Bahrain. “We were …

Issue 175: Pakistan Wins Return to UN Rights Council, Sri Lanka Loses

Member states of the UN General Assembly failed to respect human rights standards today when 114 of them voted to reelect Pakistan to the Human Rights Council, and when 142 elected Bahrain. However, an intense campaign by UN Watch and other human rights organizations led to the defeat of Sri Lanka, which still …