Issue 4: Israel at the Committee Against Torture; and anti-WTO rioters in Geneva cause over 1 million francs worth of damage

Although Israel’s appearance before the Committee Against Torture (CAT) on 15 May 1998 was marked by a respectful exchange of views, CAT ultimately found Israel in violation of several Articles of the Convention Against Torture. Analysis: This unfortunate finding seems, paradoxically, to punish Israel for …

Issue 3: Commission on Human Rights wraps up its 54th session; and the U.S. Congress finally approves payment of UN debts, but attached is an anti-abortion clause the White House has promised to veto

The Commission on Human Rights wrapped up its 54th session in Geneva. Analysis: After years of political wrangling, the Commission finally reformed its agenda.  Adopting a new agenda is the Commission’s way of signaling how it views human rights throughout the world.  This could have been an excellent …

Issue 2: High Commissioner condemns attack of human rights worker in Cambodia; UN reports on Iraq’s weapons; and Annan calls for cooperation between the UN and the private sector

A recent attack by armed forces in Cambodia on a UN human rights worker is condemned by High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Analysis: This attack in Cambodia is just the latest in a growing list of human rights workers who are mistreated, abused, abducted, and even killed.  UNHCR worker Vincent …

Issue 1: The 54th Session of the Commission on Human Rights; a debate at the US House of Representatives on the UN and Iraq; and Syria complains about DPI’s photos from Annan’s visit to Israel

The 54th Commission on Human Rights opened on 16 March 1998 with Secretary-General Kofi Annan recalling the horrors of war, declaring “we cannot afford indifference, individually or collectively.” Analysis: Fifty years after the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, violations against …