Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

I. Introduction The Special Rapporteur welcomes the recent nuclear agreement struck between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Germany, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States) on 14 July 2015.[1] Given the close interrelationship between peace, development and human …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [UPDATE, Oct. 19: Despite all of the links and screenshots below, the UN spokesman said Friday that it “remains to be seen” if UNRWA officials are engaged in incitement.] GENEVA, October 16, 2015 – At least ten different UN staffers are using the imprimatur of their official …

Lebanon Fails to Reverse UN Censure of Hizbullah

During its 30th session, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution concerning the human rights situation in Syria, as it has done since the 19th session in 2012. On this occasion, the Lebanese delegation tabled an amendment to the draft resolution seeking to remove a reference to Hizbullah. The section to …

WATCH: AP grills State Department for double standards against Israel in light of Afghan bombing

U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner appeared dumbstruck yesterday when AP reporter Matt Lee, following up on our tweet from Saturday, asked him why the State Department said last year that it was “appalled” by Israel’s “disgraceful” shelling, after it accidentally hit a school in Gaza, …

Saudis win UNHRC contest over Yemen resolution

GENEVA, October 1, 2015 – Saudi Arabia has managed to block a Dutch-led draft resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that would have dispatched the UN rights office to investigate possible war crimes by the Saudis, Iran-backed Houthis and others, in the conflict in Yemen. Instead, Saudi Arabia has …

Iran submits UNHRC resolution declaring that sanctions violate human rights

Acting in its capacity as chair of the largest group of nations at the UN Human Rights Council, the Islamic Republic of Iran has just submitted a resolution that reaffirms the peculiar notion that adoption of sanctions against another country is a violation of human rights and of international law, known in …

Saudi Arabia sponsors own UN resolution on Yemen to preempt investigation of war crimes

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Saudi Arabia pledged $1 million to UNHRC before winning seat

Saudi Arabia pledged $1 million to the UN human rights office before it won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in November 2013, paving the way for its chairmanship — just announced by the UN last week on September 17th — of the influential UNHRC committee that interiews and shortlists candidates to …