Issue 59: Report of the fact-finding mission by the High Commissioner for Human Rights

News: The High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson has just issued a report on her ‘fact-finding’ mission to the Middle East, which was one-sided and unhelpful. Analysis: People build institutions as an expression of underlying beliefs; in pursuit of efficiency; for durability; as repositories …

Issue 8: PLO granted additional UN powers; and Geneva hosts a variety of important UN human rights meetings

With a vote of 124 to 4, the UN General Assembly granted the PLO additional powers, including the right to participate in the general debate of the assembly (and any international conferences convened by the UN), the right to co-sponsor draft resolutions and decisions on Palestinian and Middle East issues, and the …

Issue 1: The 54th Session of the Commission on Human Rights; a debate at the US House of Representatives on the UN and Iraq; and Syria complains about DPI’s photos from Annan’s visit to Israel

The 54th Commission on Human Rights opened on 16 March 1998 with Secretary-General Kofi Annan recalling the horrors of war, declaring “we cannot afford indifference, individually or collectively.” Analysis: Fifty years after the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, violations against …