21-year-old North Korean Survivor Addresses UN Debate

  On behalf of UN Watch, Yeonmi Park, 21-year-old North Korean survivor and human rights activist, addressed the UNHRC. Above: Ms. Park presented a copy of her forthcoming memoir In Order to Live (Penguin) to Australia’s Justice Michael Kirby, former head of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korean …

UN Watch’s Geneva rights summit draws world attention, spotlights Boko Haram, ISIS, China, Cuba, France, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tibet, Turkey, Venezuela

Issue 528 UN Watch’s Geneva rights summit draws world attention, spotlights Boko Haram, ISIS, China, Cuba, France, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tibet, Turkey, Venezuela COURAGE AWARD GOES TO RAIF BADAWI, WOMEN’S RIGHTS AWARD TO IRANIAN JOURNALIST MASIH ALINEJAD Covered in Le Monde, The …

UN Watch and 20 North Korean survivors urge Swiss to freeze regime’s bank accounts

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 6 – UN Watch took the floor in the recent session of the UN Human Rights Council to present a letter by 20 North Korean defectors calling on the Swiss government to freeze all of the regime’s bank accounts held in Switzerland. MEDIA COVERAGE “The Swiss Foreign Ministry …

Cuba and Venezuela Lash Out at UN Watch Dissidents’ Forum

Representatives of Cuba (top right) and Venezuela (bottom right), accompanied by fellow diplomats from North Korea and Syria, came to UN Watch’s event to lash out at UN Watch and at the human rights activists from their countries who testified of gross abuses committed by the Havana and Caracas regimes. …

Sudan defends its abhorent human rights record

Before a UN committee, Sudan tried to whitewash its human rights record and deny well-documented abuses in the country. On Wednesday, July 9th, the Human Rights Committee reviewed the human rights situation in Sudan. Sudan, among the 168 States party to the ICCPR, is required to submit regular reports to the …

Rights group urges countries to vote today for landmark UN inquiry on Eritrea abuses

GENEVA, June 26, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch called on all 47 member states of the Human Rights Council to vote in favor of creating a landmark commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in Eritrea, as proposed in a draft resolution, sponsored by Somalia, that is slated for a vote …

EVALUATION OF CANDIDATES FOR 2014-2016 MEMBERSHIP ON THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Presented at United Nations Headquarters, New York, Nov. 4, 2013 Executive Summary This report evaluates the 17 countries that have formally submitted candidacies for the November 12, 2013 election of 14 new members to the UN Human Rights Council. To evaluate qualifications we applied the membership criteria …