Issue 554: Venezuela, Burundi, UAE win UNHRC seats; Pakistan defeated

UN Watch Press Conference Opposed Election of Worst Abusers


UN Watch held a press conference yesterday at UN headquarters, attended by CBS, New York Daily News, Fox News, and media from France, Germany, and Norway. Above: Dr. Qanta Ahmed opposed Pakistan’s bid. Others speakers were Diego Arria, Venezuela’s former UN ambassador, and Kristian Bogos, a former NYU student who exposed the labor rights abuses she witnessed in the building of the university’s Abu Dhabi campus.

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2015 — Despite widespread criticism of their human rights records as presented in a UN Watch report yesterday, the governments of Venezuela, UAE, Burundi, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, and Togo easily won election today to 3-year terms on the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council. 
UN Watch, together with two other human rights groups, released a report yesterday, at a press conference held at UN headquarters in New York, urging member states to oppose the election of nine countries committing egregious human rights violations.
UN Watch welcomed the defeat of Pakistan today — a major surprise — but lamented the election of at least seven unqualified countries. Only some 40 percent of the 2016 UNHRC membership will be free democracies.
The election of even more rights abusing regimes — on a body that already counts China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia as members — marks another severe blow to the credibility and efficacy of a body that was supposed to improve on its discredited predecessor.
For voting results and more, click here.
Today: Wall Street Journal TV Interviewed UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer
“Electing U.N. Rights Abusers”


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