Testimony at the UN
Statement on Human Rights Violations Around the World
UN Human Rights Council
3rd Regular Session
December 1, 2006
Delivered by Elizabeth Cassidy
Assistant Executive Director
Thank you, Mr. President.
UN Watch welcomes the special session on Darfur, and urges the Council to consider the human rights situations in the other 16 countries and 3 disputed territories that are listed by the leading NGO Freedom House as being the world’s worst.
• Violations of freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and association in Belarus;
• Persecution of political activists, journalists, and ethnic and religious minorities in Burma;
• Repression of political dissent and of the media in China, as well as human rights violations in occupied Tibet;
• The imprisonment of journalists and pro-democracy activists under abusive prison conditions in Cuba;
• Arbitrary arrests, torture and extrajudicial executions, with impunity, in Haiti;
• Suppression of peaceful political activity and unfair judicial proceedings in Libya, where five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor face the death sentence under false charges;
• The imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of political prisoners, under horrific prison conditions and subject to torture, in North Korea;
• The systematic repression of women and non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia;
• Threats against human rights defenders, violence against women, disappearances and political assassinations by Syria;
• Continued impunity for the Andijan massacre and restrictions on independent media and civil society in Uzbekistan;
• Pervasive violence against and intimidation of opposition leaders and supporters, independent media, and civil society in Zimbabwe;
• Widespread war crimes against civilians in Chechnya; and
• Violations in Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Laos, Somalia, Turkmenistan, and Western Sahara.
We hope that at least some of these very grave situations will be among the Council’s next priorities.