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, …

Report by UN Lebanon Inquiry is One-Sided

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Nov. 20, 2006 — The following statement by UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer is embargoed until official release of the report by the Human Rights Council’s commission of inquiry into alleged Israeli violations in Lebanon:   On August 11 the Arab League and the …

UN Rights Council Special Session Condemns Israel

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, November 15, 2006 — On the same day that Palestinian rockets fired from Northern Gaza killed one Israeli civilian and injured another, the UN Human Rights Council met in special session today to condemn Israel for defending itself against such attacks.   The session was requested …

Issue 71: Special Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention

At the instigation of the Arab League, the Swiss government today convened a meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. The stature and effectiveness of international law suffers, when it is selectively applied, and wrongly applied, for political reasons. Analysis: With the horrors of …