U.S. and EU urged by Russia, China, Cuba to water down draft U.N. resolution opposing Syria’s candidacy; vote is tomorrow in Geneva 

Rights group UN Watch urges US & EU not to give in

GENEVA, July 5 – Syria is a declared candidate for the Human Rights Council, according to a U.S.-sponsored and EU-backed draft resolution that was hotly debated in informal sessons held yesterday at the 47-nation body’s headquarters in Geneva.

The draft censure of Syria for human rights violations, to be voted on tomorrow, “stresses that the current Syrian government’s announced candidacy for the Human Rights Council in 2014 fails to meet the standards for Council membership.” (Paragraph 14.)

During the negotiations, attended by the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, Russia, China, and Cuba, close allies of Syria, called for the paragraph to be deleted, saying the reference was untimely and out of place. Egypt and Brazil agreed. The U.S., European Union and Libya, however, defended keeping the reference to Syria’s bid.

UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer expressed concern that the paragraph might be deleted as a last-minute concession to win over council members uneasy about criticizing the credentials of countries.

“We urge the U.S. and the EU to resist the pressure by Syria’s allies, and not to water down their proposed council statement opposing the candidacy of a tyrant and mass murderer,” said Neuer.

“This would be an unprecedented moral stand for the council, one that could set a new tone for a body that has included Libya’s Gaddafi as well as Russia, China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia as members. What is vital is that there be no ambiguity about the world’s absolute revulsion for Assad’s atrocities.”



Share on facebook
Share on twitter


UN Elects Iran to Top Women’s Rights Body

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the UN’s election of Iran to a 2022-2026 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the “principal global intergovernmental body exclusively

In the News

UN Watch in the News — March 2021

UN Watch was quoted in multiple media outlets during March 2021 on topics including: UN Human Rights Council passes resolution condemning sanctions against dictatorships; Universal

Top Tweets March 2021

UN Watch’s Top Tweets in March 2021

Trending UN Watch tweets from March: Venezuelan dissident Maria Corina Machado exposes the Maduro regime’s crimes at the UNHRC; China joins UNHRC, reviews the U.S. record on human rights; European