North Korean Defector Wins Human Rights Award

Dong-hyuk Shin to Receive UN Watch Prize at League of Nations Hall in Geneva GENEVA, May 20 – The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch announced today that Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known surviving escapee from a North Korean total control zone prison camp, will receive its 2013 Moral Courage Award, …

Again: U.N. slams Canada (and Switzerland) for restricting demonstrations, likens it to Algeria, Belarus, Jordan, Russia

PRESS RELEASE UN expert freedom of assembly would consider visit to Canada; Belarus dictatorship accuses Canada of police brutality GENEVA, June 21 – For the second time this week, an official of the U.N.’s top human rights body delivered a plenary address categorizing Canada with major violators of human …

First time: U.N. puts Canada on human rights watchlist over Quebec demo law

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, June 17 – Canada will be put in the company of some of the world’s worst abusers of human rights tomorrow when the UN’s highest human rights official expresses “alarm” over Quebec’s new law on demonstrations during her opening address to a meeting of the 47-nation UN Human Rights …

55 NGOs: UN must expel Syria from human rights committee

PRESS RELEASE French resident Francois Hollande said Assad’s envoy would be expelled — but in fact Lamia Shakkour stays in Paris as rep to UNESCO human rights committee Available for Interviews: 20-year-old woman abused by Syrian forces, about to address today’s UN emergency session (full speech …

50 NGOs urge Pakistan to free Christian mother from execution on charge of Blasphemy

PRESS RELEASE Petition was presented now in speech to UN Human Rights Council GENEVA, March 13 – Fifty human rights activists and a former president of the UN General Assembly are calling on Pakistan to free a Christian mother of five from being hanged in Pakistan on the charge of blasphemy. The petition was …

North Korea opens disarmament plenary as Canada boycotts & 28 groups protest

PRESS RELEASE North Korean ambassador So Sepyong (left) presiding over the Conference on Disarmament (CD), Geneva, August 4, 2011. Next to him is Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (right), Director-General of the UN’s European Headquarters who serves as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. More photos …