EU & US Allowed Iran to Win Top Seat on UN Women’s Rights Board, Rights Group Says

Ban Ki-moon & EU’s Mogherini must condemn election of Iran to UN Women   UN Watch letter to EU UN Watch letter to Ban Ki-moon   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UNITED NATIONS, April 13, 2015 – Out of possible deference to the nuclear talks with Iran, the EU and the US failed to stop the fundamentalist …

UN announces “review” of bookstore after protest over books targeting Jews and Israel

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, April 30, 2015 – The head of the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva has initiated a review of its concession arrangement with the bookstore operating next to the Human Rights Council in response to allegations over book displays that deliberately target Jews and Israel. …

Dutch Diplomat Should Be Fired for Defending Iran’s Election to UN Women, Tweeting “Iran’s Not Misogynist”

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, April 14, 2015 – The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch today called on Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders (see letter below) to fire a senior human rights diplomat for a series of embarrassing tweets defending the election of Iran’s regime to the board of UN Women because, in …

UN Watch statement on today’s urgent session on Boko Haram

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, Apr. 1, 2015 – UN Watch is participating today at the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Boko Haram. Please find below the full UN Watch statement. Last month, at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, UN Watch together with 20 other NGOs hosted Saa, a Nigerian …

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 …

Swiss president responds to N. Korean defectors’ appeal: won’t freeze regime bank accounts unless U.N. requests

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, Nov. 7  – As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Swiss president Dider Burkhalter has written in a letter to UN Watch that it will take no action to freeze Swiss bank accounts held by North Korean regime figures unless “new developments take place at the Security Council.”   …

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 …

Exclusive: Under Arab pressure, UN set to reject vetted nominee, instead pick Indonesian with partisan record as next Palestine investigator

PRESS RELEASE Diplomats say that Indonesia’s former UN envoy is slated to become the next Human Rights Council monitor for Palestinian issues, but his objectivity is being questioned  Indonesia’s former UN ambassador Makarim Wibisono is shortlisted to become a UN human rights monitor, but his …

UN police catch Chinese agent spying on Canadian rights activist

PRESS RELEASE Above in red: the Chinese agent caught spying on a Canadian activist GENEVA, March 20, 2014 – Security officers inside the UN human rights council yesterday caught a Chinese agent surreptitiously taking photographs of a Canadian rights activist and her computer screen, one day after she testified …

Clash at UN Assembly: Venezuela Objects as Aunt of Jailed Opposition Leader Calls for Urgent Human Rights Council Debate

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch circulates draft resolution for urgent debate and commission of inquiry CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO GENEVA, March 7, 2014 – Venezuela’s representative to the UN Human Rights Council vociferously objected today when the aunt of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, speaking on …