Dream Team for Human Rights - UN Watch

What if the UN Human Rights Council were composed of human rights heroes?

Seventy years ago, in May 1946, the first meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights—headed by Eleanor Roosevelt and René Cassin—recommended that the new body be composed not of governments, but of highly qualified persons. If only.

Sadly, most UNHRC members today are dictatorships, including China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

In this photo, UN Watch dared to imagine what the world would be like if, instead, the UNHRC were made up of human rights heroes.

From left to right, here is our dream team, who joined UN Watch for the 2016 Geneva Summit for Human Rights:

Orhan Kemal Cengiz, Turkish human rights lawyer
Svitlana Zalishchuk, Ukrainian MP & pro-democracy activist
Darya Safai, Iranian women’s rights activist
Vian Dakhil, Yazidi Member of Iraqi Parliament
Ensaf Haidar, Wife of Saudi political prisoner Raif Badawi
Polina Nemirovskaia, Russian human rights activist
Yang Jianli, President of Initiatives for China, former political prisoner
Anastasia Lin, Activist for human rights in China, 2015 Miss World Canada
Antonietta Ledezma, Venezuelan dissident, daughter of political prisoner Mayor Antonio Ledezma of Caracas

 

 

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