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 …

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, …

Iran attacks "Zionist regime," embraces UN's Durban II racism conference

Appearing before the UN Human Rights Council today, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki lashed out at Israel, declared unwavering support for the UN’s plans for a “Durban II” anti-racism conference, and attacked the European Union’s stance on freedom of expression. “I would like to request …

UN Ends Scrutiny of Cuba and Belarus, Indicts Israel

By a vote of 165 to 7, a UN General Assembly committee last Friday approved “institution-building” changes to the Human Rights Council that actually weaken or eliminate several of its key institutions. The package scraps the independent investigators of abuses in Cuba and Belarus, makes it harder to …

UN Set to End Scrutiny of Cuba and Belarus, Indict Israel; 27 NGOs Protest

PRESS RELEASE “UN’s last chance to save the Human Rights Council from itself,” says UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer New York, Nov. 2, 2007 —  A coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations is urging senior officials and member states of the U.N. to oppose a set of proposed changes …

Why Irwin Cotler Said No to the Tutu Mission

In this Issue: UN Council to Absolve Cuban and Belarus Regimes, Place Israel Under Permanent Indictment The Tutu Mission: Why Irwin Cotler Said No Iran’s Racism Exposed in Plenary Anti-Western Official Jean Ziegler Questioned Also Watched: Libya to Chair Anti-Racism Panel? UN Rights Council to Absolve Cuba …

Foxes Guarding the Chickens at UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Angola, Egypt, and Qatar join existing members China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia Geneva, May 17, 2007   —  UN Watch welcomed the defeat of Belarus in today’s election of members to the UN Human Rights Council, “but the victory in overwhelming numbers of Egypt, Angola and Qatar …

Issue 160: Belarus, Egypt Must Release Prisoners Before UN Rights Council Elections

Belarus and Egypt must release jailed opposition leaders, journalists and bloggers before Thursday’s elections for the UN’s top human rights body.  The four repressive regimes seeking seats on the UN Human Rights Council—Belarus, Egypt, Angola, and Qatar—must take immediate, concrete steps to show …