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: Don’t Elect Cuba to Human Rights Council

Cuba is running for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Oct. 28, 2016 Cuba’s official UN campaign pledge includes the following absurd claims: Cuba attaches the “greatest importance” to international cooperation for the “promotion and protection” of all human rights within the …

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 …

Cuban Activist to UN: ‘Obvious that Cuba does not belong in the UN Human Rights Council’

Maria Werlau, executive director of the Cuba Archive, addressing a United Nations press conference organized by UN Watch, Human Rights Foundation, and the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre. October 6, 2016 Following are the prepared remarks of Maria Welau, cofounder of the Free Society Project and executive …

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. …

Venezuela & Cuba fail to silence U.S. criticism at UN rights council, losing 13-12

GENEVA, June 15, 2016 — In a major clash today at the UN Human Rights Council, Venezuela and its allies made a failed bid to stop the U.S. from criticizing the Maduro regime’s record on judicial independence, even pushing for a rare procedural vote which sought to overrule the president’s …

Issue 582: Dictators Fail to Silence UN Watch: Venezuela, Cuba, China, Russia, Pakistan Object to Speech Challenging Membership

In the UN Human Rights Council session which just concluded, UN Watch played a central role in critical debates. This week our newsletter will share key moments from our fight against dictatorships and double standards. _______________ Dictators Fail to Silence UN Watch: Venezuela, Cuba, China, Russia, Pakistan …