Why it matters when UN rights chief fails to call out worst abusers

In his maiden speech to the Human Rights Council, the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein mentioned several human rights situations, with varying degrees of emergency, ranging from Syria and Iraq to Greece, Australia and Cyprus. The references to Iraq and Syria were extensive. The …

Jordanian Prince Zeid’s inaugural speech as the UN’s new High Commissioner for Human Rights

Inaugural speech by Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, before the U.N. Human Rights Council, September 8, 2014 Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. President, I thank you for your …

MPs & human rights activists urge UN rights council to act against Iraq massacres

MPs & human rights activists urge UN rights council to act against Iraq massacres  GENEVA, Aug. 13, 2014 – A coalition of 22 MPs and human rights activists today launched a global campaign, spearheaded by the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, urging UN rights chief Navi Pillay to lead …

Canada Rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Criticism of Israel’s Response to Rocket Attacks from Gaza

  Photo: Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird receiving UN Watch award in September 2013   Canada Rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Criticism of Israel’s Response to Rocket Attacks from Gaza  July 12, 2014 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following …

HRW’s Ken Roth stays silent; a new High Commissioner is named; UN Watch’s latest video

Issue 492 In This Issue Why HRW’s Ken Roth won’t condemn the kidnapping of Israeli teens UN Watch takes the floor at the UN Human Rights Council to expose violations of women’s rights by Sudan, Pakistan, Iran  Caracas officials lash out at UN Watch over upcoming Tuesday summit of Venezuelan …

Does it make sense that these Council Members are the UN’s guardians of women’s rights?

Does it make sense that these Council Members are the UN’s guardians of women’s rights? UN Watch testimony before the UN Human Rights Council 26th Session, delivered by Erica Behrens under Agenda Item 2, June 10, 2014. UN Watch thanks the High Commissioner for her work, and we extend to her our best wishes. …

New video: What happened to the UN? * Jordanian Prince picked to be UN rights chief * Iranian dissident wins UN Watch rights award

Issue 491 In This Issue New Video: What Happened to the UN? Ban Ki-moon names Jordan’s Prince Zeid as next UN rights chief Iranian torture victim receives UN Watch’s Human Rights Award, blasts Tehran regime New Video: What Happened to the UN? The following new video tells the story of what …

UN: When Palestinian Men Beat Their Wives, It’s Israel’s Fault

In her recent report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay revives the bizarre charge, made by one of her colleagues in 2005, that when Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault: Violence against women Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory …

Rare: UN High Commissioner details abuses of PA & Hamas against Palestinians

When it comes to UN reporting on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it is usually the case that Israel is mostly criticized, with a brief reference in the end calling for Hamas to stop firing missiles and rockets against Israeli civilians. However, a recent report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, apart …