UN Watch Condemns Saudi Bid to Head UN Rights Council, Urges World Leaders to Oppose “Oppressive, Fundamentalist Regime”

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, May 13, 2015 – The fundamentalist Saudi monarchy is seeking to head the world’s top human rights body, a move liable to be “the final nail in the coffin for the credibility of a body that already counts dictatorships like China, Cuba, and Russia as members, and whose top advisor is …

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 …

UN Elects Cuba to Chair World Health Assembly Even as Cubans Lack Aspirin, Basic Health

PRESS RELEASE Cuban media hails decision; UN Watch condemns “UN handing propaganda victory to a dictatorship” GENEVA, May 19 – The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch criticized the UN’s election today of Cuba to chair the 67th World Health Assembly, with executive director Hillel Neuer …

U.S. and Canada blast today’s UN appointment of Richard Falk’s wife, citing ‘biased and inflammatory views,’ ‘abysmal judgment’

PRESS RELEASE Goldstone Report Co-Author Christine Chinkin Loses Bid for Palestine Post to Indonesian Diplomat Today, as controversial UN official Richard Falk ended his 6-year term as human rights investigator, the UN appointed his wife and academic partner, Hilal Elver Falk, to her own 6-year term as a human …

Nepotism: Discredited UN rights official Richard Falk to be replaced by controversial wife for 6-year term

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch says Hilal Elver is ‘unfit to serve,’ urges U.S. ambassador Samantha Power to oppose her in Thursday’s election  Hilal Elver, co-director with her husband Richard Falk of a research institute  at UCSB, is slated to win a top UN post on Thursday. GENEVA, May 6, 2014 …

Iran sweeps coveted UN rights posts

PRESS RELEASE Also elected: Russia, China, genocidal Sudan, Cuba, Pakistan, Turkey, slave-holding Mauritania NGOs protest “Black Day for Human Rights” Iranian brought to the gallows in the northern city of Nowshahr on April 15, 2014. Iran put to death at least 369 people and likely several hundreds of …

Another outrageous UN appointment

PRESS RELEASE Only U.S. can stop these outrageously partisan and problematic appointments Judge Richard Goldstone (second from right) and Christine Chinkin (right) at public hearings in 2009 about alleged Israeli violations committed during Operation Cast Lead (photo credit: UN/Flash 90) GENEVA, 28 March, …

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 …

European MPs: “Suspend Russia and other dictators from UN human rights council”

PRESS RELEASE Today: Campaign launches to suspend Russia, China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council as they take their new seats and as Russia increases threats to Ukraine GENEVA, March 3 – Today, as Russia increases its military threats against Ukraine, it also took its seat as one of the …

U.N. Must Remove Head of Intellectual Property Agency Implicated in DNA-Taking Scandal, Says Watchdog

PRESS RELEASE Tribune de Geneve: Gurry’s Dubious Deals With Putin, China Anger WIPO Members; Technology Transfers to Iran, North Korea Spark U.S. Outrage GENEVA, Nov. 20 — In wake of a Geneva newspaper’s exposé of major wrongdoing by the head of the World Intellectual Property Organization, an …