Authoritarian States: “Traditional Values” Justify Repression of Gays, Women; Russian Draft Resolution Backs Claim
During today’s session at the UN Human Rights Council, Cameroon and Saudi Arabia justified their repression of gays and women with the argument that human rights should be based on “morals” and “traditional values” rather than universal principles of individual rights.
Pakistan Tries to Stifle NGO Voices
Today at the U.N. Human Rights Council, Pakistan raised a concern about yesterday’s decision by the Council President to include NGO speeches into the record of the Council’s proceedings, although there had not been enough time for such NGOs to orally deliver their statements. The ruling came after the …
Cuban GONGOs Dominate NGO Speaker's List
At the meeting to adopt the report on Cuban rights violations at the UN Human Rights Council today, of the ten slots allotted for NGO speeches, eight were awarded to GONGOs (“Government-backed NGOs,” i.e., front groups) that bestowed lavish praise on the Castro regime.
UN Watch Statement on Saudi Arabian Treatment of Women
Below is a statement that UN Watch intended to deliver today at the U.N. Human Rights Council’s session to adopt the periodic report on Saudi Arabia’s rights record, but