UN rights council meets on Syrian-backed "right to peace" initiative

  A Syrian-backed declaration on the “right to peace” is what a UN working group is seeking to draft during a week-long meeting at the UN Human Rights Council which opened yesterday in Geneva. While all 193 UN member states can attend the sessions of the working group, only some 30 are …

Rights group urges countries to vote today for landmark UN inquiry on Eritrea abuses

GENEVA, June 26, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch called on all 47 member states of the Human Rights Council to vote in favor of creating a landmark commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in Eritrea, as proposed in a draft resolution, sponsored by Somalia, that is slated for a vote …

Why HRW’s Ken Roth won’t condemn the kidnapping of Israeli children

In contrast to the UN secretary-general and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the head of Human Rights Watch is refusing to unequivocally condemn Thursday’s kidnapping of Israeli teenagers, emphasizing instead that they attended school in an “illegal settlement,” and demanding that …

Does it make sense that these Council Members are the UN’s guardians of women’s rights?

Does it make sense that these Council Members are the UN’s guardians of women’s rights? UN Watch testimony before the UN Human Rights Council 26th Session, delivered by Erica Behrens under Agenda Item 2, June 10, 2014. UN Watch thanks the High Commissioner for her work, and we extend to her our best wishes. …

U.N. Wrong to Reject New Evidence It Caused Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

PRESS RELEASE Ban Ki-moon Should Apologize to Families & Reopen Investigation EXPERT REPUDIATES U.N. REPORT, SAYS WORLD BODY IS CULPABLE Geneva, Oct. 24– The U.N. needs to reopen its 2011 investigation into Haiti’s cholera epidemic in light of new evidence from one of the investigating scientists that …

U.N. rights agency caught altering Durban II document, in bid to downplay hateful proposals

The U.N. agency charged with organizing the upcoming Durban II racism conference has quietly altered the title of its “Draft Outcome Document” to read “Different sections of compilation of proposals,” in an apparent bid to downplay draft proposals that revive the hateful rhetoric that …

UN Watch welcomes clarification by UN rights chief on Arab Charter

UN Watch welcomed the new clarification issued today by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, in response to its Jan. 28, 2008 letter protesting her endorsement of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which contains anti-Semitic provisions. “Last week the High Commissioner endorsed the Arab …

U.N. Chief Urged to Investigate Official’s Complicity With Undercover Castro Agents

“Until Mr. Ban and Ms. Arbour take action, Jean Ziegler’s unethical conduct will cast a shadow upon the reputation and integrity of all the independent experts” — Hillel Neuer, UN Watch Geneva, Nov. 13, 2007 — The U.N. expressed “regret” after one of its officials allowed …