Does OHCHR Enable China’s Harassment of Dissidents?

This week, the New York Times reported about China’s crackdown on human rights activists, particularly its harassment of, and reprisals against, activists who attend UN meetings. As UN Watch pointed out at the March 2017 Human Rights Council session and again in May, in a letter complaint to Human Rights Chief …

2016 UNHRC Election: Ready-to-Use Quotes by Dissidents and Activists

Rosa Maria Paya – Daughter of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, the victim of assassination by Cuban regime “Because of the dictatorship, the whole population has been forced into poverty and live without the most basic human rights.” “The regime’s intelligence apparatus and the powerful …

UN Watch Launches Opposition to Right Abusers  as Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, Cuba Seek Re-Election to UN Human Rights Council

Dissidents & Activists Join UN Watch for High Profile Events at Canadian Parliament, UN Headquarters, New York University   Canadian Parliament: All-party coalition of MPs stood with dissidents and families of political prisoners as former justice minister Irwin Cotler and UN Watch Executive Director Hillel …

UN Testimony: Former Political Prisoner Yang Jianli Urges ‘No’ Vote on China UNHRC Election

Yang Jianli, a prominent Chinese dissident, addressing a United Nations press conference organized by UN Watch, Human Rights Foundation, and the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre. October 6, 2016 Yang Jianli, a survivor of the Tiananmen Square massacre and former political prisoner in China, addressed a United …

Canadian media report on UN Watch campaign opposing UN election of rights abusers

National Post: ‘Shining a light on the hypocrisy’: Canada urged to vote against human rights abusers (also featured in Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette) Globe and Mail: Canada should refuse to vote human-rights abusers to UN council, MP alliance says CTV: Vote against including China in UN Human Rights …

UN: Venezuela fails to silence political prisoners’ appeal for amnesty

GENEVA, June 24, 2016 — Venezuela was overruled by the chair of the UN human rights council today, when its delegate interrupted a UN speech (see below) in a failed bid to stop the reading of an appeal for council members to release political prisoners on the occasion of the council’s 10th anniversary. …