NGOs hail UN resolution seeking referral of N. Korean abuses to ICC

GENEVA, Nov. 18, 2014 – NGOs hailed the UN adoption today of a draft resolution, introduced by the EU and Japan in the UNGA’s 193-member Third Committee, asking the Security Council to refer the situation of North Korean rights abuses to the International Criminal Court, and to initiate sanctions against …

UN Watch condemns EU majority for backing Venezuela’s Security Council bid

PRESS RELEASE Neuer: “Like making a pyromaniac into the fire chief” GENEVA, October 16, 2014 – Despite Venezuela’s record of human rights abuses against judges, students and peaceful protesters, and its backing of Syria’s Assad regime, a majority of EU member states today were among …

Today: As UN debates North Korean human rights, 20 famous survivors of atrocities urge Switzerland to freeze regime bank accounts

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, September 19, 2014 – When the UN rights council this morning debates North Korea’s record, a human rights NGO will take the floor to present an open letter sent today by 20 North Korean defectors to Swiss president Didier Burkhalter calling to freeze the regime’s bank …

Rights group criticizes UN resolution for giving free pass to Baghdad abuses, sending low-level mission on ISIS

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, September 1, 2014 – A 21-year-old Iraqi Christian woman made an impassioned appeal today before a UN meeting on ISIS atrocities, speaking on behalf of the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, which spearheaded this month’s campaign by rights activists, MPs and Iraqi minority …

Rights coalition welcomes UN urgent session on Iraq, demands “concrete outcomes”

PRESS RELEASE Maryam Wahida, an Iraqi Christian in Geneva, addresses anti-genocide rally alongside UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer last week in Geneva.  GENEVA, August 25, 2014 –  The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, which spearheaded this month’s campaign by rights activists, MPs …

Iraqi Minorities in Geneva Meet UN, US, EU, Demand Emergency Session

PRESS RELEASE Yazidi Leadership Issue Geneva Statement Left to right: Iraqi Christians Ramzi Wahida & Maryam Wahida, UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, Iraqi Christian representative, and Yazidi spokesman Breen Tahseen GENEVA, Aug. 20, 2014 – The following statement was issued today by Mr. …

NGO urges UN to condemn ‘global epidemic’ of anti-Semitic incidents

PRESS RELEASE French riot police officers face rioters in Sarcelles, a suburb north of Paris, on July 20, 2014. GENEVA, July 21, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch today called on UN leaders to condemn what it called a “global epidemic” of anti-Semitic attacks, spiraling from Paris to Ankara, in …

UN Recognizes Gay Marriage for Staffers, Yet Key UN Bodies Undermine Gay Rights

GENEVA, July 8, 2014 – Geneva-based rights group UN Watch welcomed UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s recognition of staffers’ same-sex marriages, but said the world body would only send a clear message on equal rights when its top human rights bodies “stop adopting anti-gay resolutions, and stop …

Rights Group Welcomes ‘Landmark’ UN Vote Creating Inquiry on Eritrea Abuses

PRESS RELEASE Eritrean delegation interrupted testimony by Eritrean human rights dissident brought by UN Watch GENEVA, June 27, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch welcomed the Human Rights Council’s “landmark” creation of a commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in Eritrea, …

June 24: UN to Hear Appeal from Mother of Kidnapped Israeli-American Teenager Naftali Frankel

PRESS RELEASE Rachel Frankel will directly address the United Nations for the first time on behalf of rights group UN Watch. GENEVA, June 23, 2014 –  Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch is bringing Rachel Frankel, the mother of 16-year-old Israeli-American kidnap victim Naftali Fraenkel, who was one of …