Issue 80: UN Fact-Finding Missions to the Palestinian Territories

Despite running several days behind schedule, the UN Commission on Human Rights convened a special session on 5 April to continue discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Commission passed a resolution, requesting High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson to head a fact-finding mission to the …

Issue 70: The 25th International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On 29 November, the United Nations will observe the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People for the 25th straight year. Analysis: The Palestinian people have suffered for many decades. To demean their situation is heartless, but to single out their cause for unequalled international …

Issue 65: The Third Prepatory Meeting of the World Conference on Racism

he Third Preparatory Committee for the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) ended in Geneva last week with reports that there was progress made toward a resolution of the contentious issue of placing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the agenda. Analysis: Declaring itself ready to compromise, the Organization …

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 …