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 …

UN “kowtows” to Iran, hides naked carving ahead of nuclear talks; “ominous sign as negotiations begin”

PRESS RELEASE Photo: Alain Jourdan of the Tribune de Geneve GENEVA, October 14, 2013 – The independent non-governmental monitoring group UN Watch today called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Swiss government to order the removal of a curtain recently placed over a historic marble carving at the …

Tonight: UN Rights Chief Navi Pillay to Headline Prize Ceremony with Terror Sympathizer Mona Seif

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch urges High Commissioner Pillay to condemn pro-terror statements by Mona Seif GENEVA, October 8, 2013 – UN rights chief Navi Pillay will headline a controversial Geneva ceremony today featuring a terrorism sympathizer as one three final nominees for what is billed as the world’s …

Canada indicted by China, Russia, Iran at UN rights review

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch condemns “tyrants’ subversion of UN human rights system” GENEVA, April 26, 2013 – Today’s UN quadrennial review of Canada’s human rights record quickly turned into a spectacle of hypocrisy and farce when the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un took the floor …

Activists slam U.N. Human Rights Council tribute to dead strongman

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch led the campaign against Venezuela’s election to the UNHRC, brought Chavez victims to testify in the council, and organized the draft UN resolution condemning his abuses GENEVA, March 6, 2013 – The Geneva-based human rights monitoring group U.N. Watch criticized the chief United …

UN Human Rights Council: Time for Concrete Action

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, Feb. 25 – The time has come for the UN’s highest body on human rights to move from rhetoric to concrete action, UN Watch said in advance of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, a month-long meeting that opens this week with speeches by 100 foreign ministers and other …

Commentary: U.N. Adopts Resolutions on Iran, Syria, N. Korea, Burma

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, Dec. 20 – Today the U.N. General Assembly adopted its annual resolutions on the human rights situations in Iran, Syria, North Korea and Burma. Following are comments by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer: ON THE IRAN RESOLUTION “UN Watch supports this strong resolution in which the …

Human Rights Day Marred by Election of Slave-holding Mauritania as VP of UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Syria remains on UNESCO human rights committee GENEVA, Dec. 10 – UN Watch condemned today’s election of Mauritania, a country that allows 800,000 of its citizens to live as slaves, as Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council. In addition, the Geneva-based group also announced the failure …

40 MPs & NGOs protest Chavez election today to U.N.’s top rights body

PRESS RELEASE Coalition from 19 countries including US, France, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Bahrain, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda GENEVA, Nov. 12, 2012 — Forty parliamentarians and human rights activists from 19 different countries ended their protest campaign today, in a failure to get the …

Outrage: UN rights council readies resolution praising Qaddafi regime’s human rights record

PRESS RELEASE NGO urges EU, US, UN rights chief to oppose “fraudulent review” of Qaddafi abuses GENEVA, February 27, 2011 — The independent UN Watch monitoring group, which initiated last year’s successful NGO Campaign to Remove Libya from the UN Human Rights Council, today called on the …