Issue 601: Turkey releases Orhan Kemal Cengiz, but with travel ban; “UN must speak out”

UN must condemn Turkey’s illegal travel ban against human rights advocate Orhan Kemal Cengiz Above: Orhan Kemal Cengiz, second from left, at the UN for the opening session of the 8th Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Feb. 22, 2016. In this photo, UN Watch imagined what the world would be like if human …

Bid to Suspend Venezuela from UN Rights Council After Sentencing of Opposition Leader

PRESS RELEASE Lilian Tintori (C), wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez waves to supporters next to Venezuelan National Guards as she arrives at the courthouse to attend her husband’s trial in Caracas September 10, 2015. REUTERS/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS GENEVA, September 11, 2015 – The United …

Today: Lawyer for executed Reyhaneh Jabarri to address UN forum day before examination of Iran’s record

Survivors of Iran’s notorious Evin prison also appearing at UN Watch parallel event on eve of Iran UPR > Geneva press: Today’s side event takes place from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Room 24, Palais des Nations GENEVA,  Oct. 30, 2014 – Today at 12:30 p.m. Geneva time, one day before Iran goes …

Clash at UN: China Tries to Stop Testimony by Daughter of Jailed Democracy Leader Wang Bingzhang; Democracies Rally to Her Defense

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, March 18, 2014 – China today interrupted testimony at the United Nations Human Rights Council by the daughter one of its most well-known political prisoners, prompting a high-profile international clash in the plenary, as the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Hungary, …

Clash at UN Assembly: Venezuela Objects as Aunt of Jailed Opposition Leader Calls for Urgent Human Rights Council Debate

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch circulates draft resolution for urgent debate and commission of inquiry CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO GENEVA, March 7, 2014 – Venezuela’s representative to the UN Human Rights Council vociferously objected today when the aunt of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, speaking on …

NGOs Urge UN Action as Cuba Arrests Top Dissident Ahead of Geneva Testimony

PRESS RELEASE Above: Cuban Democracy Activist Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” (left) recently met with Senators Menendez, Nelson and Rubio on Sept. 17, 2013 Known as Cuba’s Nelson Mandela, Antunez was scheduled to address the Feb. 25th Geneva Summit for Human Rights, organized by global coalition …

North Korean Defector Wins Human Rights Award

Dong-hyuk Shin to Receive UN Watch Prize at League of Nations Hall in Geneva GENEVA, May 20 – The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch announced today that Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known surviving escapee from a North Korean total control zone prison camp, will receive its 2013 Moral Courage Award, …

Clash at U.N.: U.S. defends rights group from fist-banging Cuba, China, Russia & Pakistan, after calls to expel abusers from U.N. rights council

PRESS RELEASE Concerted U.N. speeches slam Chavez bid for rights council seat; dictatorships urged “striking NGO statement from the record” Venezuelan banker & ex-political prisoner Eligio Cedeno challenges his oppressor; Chavez rep calls him a “terrorist” & “criminal,” …

North Korea opens disarmament plenary as Canada boycotts & 28 groups protest

PRESS RELEASE North Korean ambassador So Sepyong (left) presiding over the Conference on Disarmament (CD), Geneva, August 4, 2011. Next to him is Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (right), Director-General of the UN’s European Headquarters who serves as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. More photos …