Iran Expresses “Satisfaction” with Human Rights Council, Supports New Reforms

Tuesday afternoon saw heated exchanges at the UN General Assembly (GA) as its Third Committee, which oversees human rights issues, debated a package of reforms proposed in June by the Human Rights Council, a subsidiary body of the GA. (Click here or the statement by UN Watch and 26 other NGOs opposing the changes, …

General Assembly Today Hears From Khaddafi Prize Founder

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Oct. 25, 2006 —UN Watch today called on Jean Ziegler, the UN hunger expert scheduled to address the General Assembly this afternoon, to resign from his position as vice-president of the “Moammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize” organization.  The Geneva-based non-governmental …

Issue 149: General Assembly Hears From Khaddafi Prize Founder

Today in New York the UN General Assembly’s committee on human rights will be addressed by Jean Ziegler, one of whose titles is UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food.  He also happens to be vice-president of the “Moammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize” organization.  According to a coalition of 20 …

UN Security Council to Hold “Straw Poll” for New Secretary-General

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, September 28, 2006  — Today in New York, the UN Security Council will hold a “straw poll” of the seven candidates to be the next UN Secretary-General.   UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization, has been closely following the selection process.  “The …

Campaign to Expel Sudan from UN for Darfur Abuses

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, August 29, 2006  –  With increasingly alarming news coming out of the Darfur region of Sudan, UN Watch today launched an urgent global campaign calling on the UN Security Council and General Assembly to suspend and eventually expel Sudan from the world body, until it ceases to defy UN …

UN Watch Calls on New UN Rights Council to Denounce Darfur Atrocities

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 15, 2006 – UN Watch today called on the 47 countries of the newly elected UN Human Rights Council to take immediate actions necessary to ensure that next month’s inaugural session creates a robust mechanism to review violations, upholds the traditional participation of …

Democracies Urged to Bar Abusers from New UN Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 3, 2006 – UN Watch today called on democratic states to block repressive regimes from winning control of the UN’s new Human Rights Council when its 47 country seats go up for grabs at the General Assembly next Tuesday. In a report released today (see full report here ), the …