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 …

There must be accountability for the Ukraine conflict

Statement by UN Watch ID on Ukraine UNHRC 32nd Session, 29 June 2016 Delivered by Ms. Anna Volosinad Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch appreciates the High Commissioner’s update on the situation in Ukraine. We welcome the improvements outlined by the Special Rapporteur on Executions in his report, following his …

We must bring to an end the intolerable state of affairs in Belarus

Statement by UN Watch ID on Belarus, 32nd Session, UNHRC, 21 June, 2016 Delivered by Ms. Mara Gnosd Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch is deeply concerned by the situation of human rights in Belarus. We thank the Special Rapporteur for his report, which conveys the prevailing climate of censorship and fear in that …

Issue 591: UK, France, Germany join UN to single out Israel as world’s only violator of health rights

EXCLUSIVE REPORT Swedish delegate joins UK, France, Germany and other EU states today in voting “Yes” to single out Israel at the 2016 WHO world assembly, May 25, 2016. GENEVA, May 25 — The UK, France, Germany and other EU states voted today for a UN resolution, co-sponsored by the Arab group of …

It is time for Belarus to demonstrate that it respects minimal international standards

Statement by UN Watch UPR Report on Belarus Agenda Item 6, UNHRC 30th Session 24 September 2015 Delivered by Mr. Samuel Talalay Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch is deeply concerned by the situation of human rights in Belarus, as reflected in today’s report. We address three areas of particular concern. First, …

Why electing Erdogan’s Turkey and Maduro’s Venezuela to the UNSC is a terrible idea

GENEVA, October 15 — The election tomorrow of Venezuela and Turkey to the UN Security Council will be “like making pyromaniacs into the fire chiefs,” said UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer today. Venezuela has been endorsed by the Latin American states and is running on a clean slate, …

Hear the voices of the victims in Ukraine

UN Watch Statement ID on HC Ukraine Report, Agenda Item 10 24 September 2014 Delivered by Minyoung Kwon Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch is deeply concerned with the escalating situation in Ukraine. It is deplorable that more than 3,000 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. …

“I was tortured by Russian-backed militants,”

“I was tortured by Russian-backed militants”   Testimony by Irina Dovgan before UN Human Rights Council, on behalf of UN Watch, Sept. 17, 2014 Thank you, Mr. President. My name is Irina Dovgan, I am a resident of Donbas in eastern Ukraine, the region occupied by the pro-Russian separatists. I am …

NGO urges UN to condemn ‘global epidemic’ of anti-Semitic incidents

GENEVA, July 21, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch today called on UN leaders to condemn what it called a “global epidemic” of anti-Semitic attacks, spiraling from Paris to Ankara, in wake of the Israeli army’s Gaza operation to stop rocket fire against its cities. In Paris, Jewish-owned …