When Qatar, Pakistan, Congo, Afghanistan and Angola were elected yesterday to the UN’s highest human rights body, major news media turned to UN Watch for analysis and commentary.

Associated Press:

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based rights group, singled out three of the winners — Congo, Qatar and Pakistan — for criticism, saying for the U.N. to elect them “as a world judge on human rights is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief.”

Deutsche Presse-Agentur:

Head of NGO on Congo’s Election to UN Human Rights Council

“For the UN to elect Qatar, Congo or Pakistan as a world judge on human rights is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief.”

—Hillel Neuer, head of non-governmental organization UN Watch, after Congo was elected to the UN’s Human Rights Council.

Deutsche Welle:

“This is like making a pyromaniac the town fire chief,” said the head of the NGO UN Watch, Hillel Neuer.

Spanish news agency EFE:

“That the UN choose Qatar, Congo or Pakistan as world judges in human rights is like making a pyromaniac fire chief,” UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said in a statement.

The Secretary-General with H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Minister for Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar

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