UN Watch Calls on New UN Rights Council to Denounce Darfur Atrocities

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 15, 2006 – UN Watch today called on the 47 countries of the newly elected UN Human Rights Council to take immediate actions necessary to ensure that next month’s inaugural session creates a robust mechanism to review violations, upholds the traditional participation of …

Half of New UN Human Rights Council Members are Non-Democratic

PRESS RELEASE Swiss NGO Urges Council to Adopt Strong Mechanisms for Victim Protection Geneva, May 9, 2006 –  Close to half of the members elected to the UN’s new Human Rights Council fail to meet accepted democratic standards, reported UN Watch, the Geneva-based monitoring group. Out of the four …

Democracies Urged to Bar Abusers from New UN Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 3, 2006 – UN Watch today called on democratic states to block repressive regimes from winning control of the UN’s new Human Rights Council when its 47 country seats go up for grabs at the General Assembly next Tuesday. In a report released today (see full report here ), the …

UN Rights Council to Appoint “Khaddafi Human Rights Prize” Founder

PRESS RELEASE Victims Groups and NGOs Protest Swiss Nomination and Upcoming Election of Jean Ziegler Geneva, April 11, 2006 –  An international coalition of 15 human rights groups including former political prisoners and torture victims in Libya and Cuba expressed outrage today over Switzerland’s nomination …

NGOs Urge Major Changes to Human Rights Council Draft

PRESS RELEASE Groups Urge Removal of “Anti-NGO Clause” and Reinstatement of Annan’s 2/3 Threshold for Member Elections Geneva, March 2, 2006 – Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today called on United Nations member states to make three key changes to the blueprint for a new Human Rights Council. (See …

New Human Rights Council Proposal Falls Short

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Feb 23, 2006 – Today’s proposed UN resolution to replace the world body’s discredited human rights commission with a new council offers some improvements, but falls short of the broad reforms urged by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN …

Human Rights Groups Oppose Ban on Blasphemy in New Human Rights Council Charter

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Feb. 20, 2006 –  Three human rights groups today urged the President of the General Assembly and the United Nations to reject last-minute attempts to incorporate Islamic religious precepts into the charter of the world body’s new human rights council. The three non-governmental …

2006 UN Rights Panel Includes Abusers, Underscores Need for Reform

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Jan 16, 2006 – The U.N.’s much derided Commission on Human Rights, slated to be replaced soon by a proposed new council, formally opened its 2006 session today with Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe and several other accused rights abusers assuming their seats on the 53-nation body. According …

Human Rights High Commissioner Slams U.N. Official for “Inflammatory” Nazi Comparison

PRESS RELEASE For media inquiries, please telephone +41-22-734-1472 or click here. Human Rights High Commissioner Slams U.N. Official for “Inflammatory” Nazi Comparison Jean Ziegler Further Denounced for Describing Israelis as “Concentration Camp Guards”; Arbour Rejects His Explanations Geneva, Jul. 22, …