UN Human Rights Session is One-Sided

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, July 5, 2006 –  UN Watch condemned the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to single out Israel for denunciation in a special session to be held this afternoon. While recognizing the difficulties of Palestinians and the legitimacy of scrutinizing the actions of all governments, the …

UN Watch Issues Report Card of UN Human Rights Council Inaugural Session

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, June 30, 2006 — UN Watch issued a Report Card (see below ) grading the performance of the UN Human Rights Council’s inaugural 2-week session, which has just concluded.  “Despite some encouraging indicators,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based …

UN Watch Welcomes Admission of Israeli Society into Red Cross Movement

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, June 22, 2006 — UN Watch, a non-governmental observer at the 29th International Conference of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, welcomed the early morning decision, by overwhelming majority, to recognize a new, neutral emblem (the Red Crystal) and to admit the Israeli …

UN Watch Salutes Switzerland for Leadership in Red Cross Victory

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, June 22, 2006 — UN Watch, a non-governmental observer at the 29th International Conference of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, commended the special leadership role of the Swiss government in resolving the emblem issue that enabled today’s admission of the Israeli …

UN Human Rights Council Nominee Hid Khaddafi Ties, Report Alleges

PRESS RELEASE Secretary-General Annan Urged to Investigate Jean Ziegler’s Ties to Libyan Regime Geneva, June 21, 2006 – A UN human rights official up for both new and renewed appointments next week denied and failed to disclose his significant ties to a Libyan-funded organization that awards the …

Democracies on Defensive at UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, June 19, 2006 –  UN Watch today called on the UN’s new Human Rights Council to adopt concrete measures that will mark a break from its discredited predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, and announced five benchmarks by which it will judge the council’s first year. In a …

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 …

Half of New UN Human Rights Council Members are Non-Democratic

PRESS RELEASE Swiss NGO Urges Council to Adopt Strong Mechanisms for Victim Protection Geneva, May 9, 2006 –  Close to half of the members elected to the UN’s new Human Rights Council fail to meet accepted democratic standards, reported UN Watch, the Geneva-based monitoring group. Out of the four …

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 …