Clash at U.N.: U.S. defends rights group from fist-banging Cuba, China, Russia & Pakistan, after calls to expel abusers from U.N. rights council

PRESS RELEASE Concerted U.N. speeches slam Chavez bid for rights council seat; dictatorships urged “striking NGO statement from the record” Venezuelan banker & ex-political prisoner Eligio Cedeno challenges his oppressor; Chavez rep calls him a “terrorist” & “criminal,” …

UN Watch to Award Annual Human Rights Prizes to Rwanda Genocide Survivor and Canadian Activist for Iranian Women Facing Execution

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, April 21, 2009 — Tonight, at its annual dinner gala, in the shadow of the Durban Review Conference, the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch will give its highest honor to two true human rights heroes, who are a beacon of hope for human rights activists and victims around the world. …

Issue 22: The temporary moratorium on hiring more French and Canadian defense lawyers for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Late last year, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda placed a temporary moratorium on hiring any more court-appointed French and Canadian defense lawyers. At the time, lawyers from those countries constituted nearly half of all defense counsel. Last weekend, The International Herald Tribune published …