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, …

Pakistan and UN Islamic Bloc Slams Holocaust Survivors; NGOs Protest

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Sept. 28, 2007 — An international coalition of non-governmental organizations today published a protest against a U.N. speech by Pakistan that accused Holocaust survivors of “campaigning against Muslim symbols in the Western world” and that called hatred of Muslims “a …

Durban Diary: Day 1 at UN Anti-Racism Conference

PRESS RELEASE Islamic group alleges ‘smear campaign’ against conference; Libya elected chair, Iran and Cuba as vice-chairs Geneva, Aug. 27, 2007 —  UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer issued the following report from the UN Durban Review Conference preparatory meeting that opened today in …

UN Rights Council Ends Session by Slamming Israel Again

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, December 8, 2006  — In the final day of its third regular session, the UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel twice, bringing its total number of resolutions against the Jewish state, in its six months of existence, to eight.  Israel is the only country in the world that the Council …

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 …

UN Rights Council Considering Draft Resolutions

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, October 6, 2006 – In the final meeting of its second regular session, the UN Human Rights Council today is considering 45 proposed resolutions, said UN Watch, a non-governmental organization in Geneva that closely follows the Council’s proceedings.  Only five, however, allege …

Human Rights Groups Oppose Ban on Blasphemy in New Human Rights Council Charter

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Feb. 20, 2006 –  Three human rights groups today urged the President of the General Assembly and the United Nations to reject last-minute attempts to incorporate Islamic religious precepts into the charter of the world body’s new human rights council. The three non-governmental …

Issue 119: Opening of the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

As the 60th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (CHR) opened last week, a sense of diamond jubilee celebration was strikingly absent.  No wonder:  for most states represented, institutions that empower individuals are seen not as a cause to celebrate, but a threat.  As for the moral minority, …