China praised in UN review of its human rights record

PRESS RELEASE NGO urges U.S., EU to oppose China’s ‘absurd’ UNHRC bid Pro-Tibetan activists were detained after scaling up the UN compound in Geneva where China’s human rights record was being reviewed to unfurl a giant protest banner. Click here for details. GENEVA, October 22, …

UN rights council raps Israel, allows worst regimes to misuse UPR review

PRESS RELEASE UAE threw a party yesterday at the UN to celebrate its UPR. Photo by UN Watch. GENEVA, January 29 – The UN Human Rights Council today adopted yet another resolution on Israel, “regretting” that the Jewish state skipped a mandated review of its human rights record. Here is the text, …

Victory: After UN Watch protest, U.N. rights council pulls resolution praising Qaddafi’s human rights record

PRESS RELEASE Report hailing Libya was scheduled for adoption in current session GENEVA, March 3, 2011 — UN Watch welcomes the U.N. Human Rights Council’s announcement, in response to our urgent appeal (see below), that its current session is canceling consideration of a report lavishly praising …

Rogue Regimes Stack Speakers List in Ambush of U.S. at U.N. Rights Review

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch Backgrounder on U.N.’s 1st UPR Review of America’s Human Rights Record Geneva, November 5, 2010 —  The U.S. was ambushed today at its first UN Human Rights Council review after Cuba successfully stacked the speakers list with rogue regimes and other vehement critics. Cuba, …

Rights Group Calls UN Review of Iran ‘Insufficent’; Urges Emergency Session, Inquiry, and Permanent Monitor

PRESS RELEASE Summary and Full Transcript of Today’s UN Debate on Iran GENEVA, February 15, 2010 —  Following Iran’s review today by the UN Human Rights Council (see summary and full transcript below), Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch commended the U.S., France and other democracies for …

U.N. Delegates Laud China for Death Denalty and Restricting Internet

PRESS RELEASE Group reports:  U.N. rights council turning into “Mutual Praise Society” GENEVA, February 9, 2009 — Delegates to a U.N. meeting today on China’s human rights record praised Beijing for practicing the death penalty, imposing internet censorship, and for being a “moral …

New Report: U.N. Rights Council Turning into “Mutual Praise Society”

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, February 6, 2009 — The peer review sessions of the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council are being misused by countries to praise allies and criticize enemies instead of highlighting genuine cases of abuse, a non-governmental human rights group said today. (Click here for 124-page …

Easy Ride for Pakistan in UN Rights Review

Press Release Geneva, May 8, 2008 — Pakistan’s delicate handling by the UN Human Rights Council today underscored deep flaws in a new procedure that many hoped would prove the exception to a disappointing two years of attempted reforms, said UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that monitors the world body. “Instead …

Islamic and African States Fail to Block UN Webcast of Human Rights Hearings

PRESS RELEASE Bahrain First to Undergo “Seriously Flawed” Review Procedure  Geneva, April 7, 2008 — Facing opposition by Arab, Islamic and African states, the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to webcast its review of Bahrain, the first to undergo a new procedure that will scrutinize all UN members, …

Castro and Lukashenko to Celebrate at UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, June 18, 2007  —   UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer issued the following statement today regarding the Human Rights Council president’s text: Defining the text as a victory, as some have, is possible only by lowering one’s expectations, defined down to reflect the depressing …