Belarus, Egypt Urged to Release Prisoners Before UN Rights Council Elections

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 15, 2007   —  Belarus and Egypt must release jailed opposition leaders, journalists and bloggers before Thursday’s elections for the UN’s top human rights body, said UN Watch, a human rights organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  In a statement issued today …

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 …