Cuba and other "Non-Aligned" U.N. envoys tried to block emergency meeting on Sri Lanka

This letter sent on May 15 by Cuba to the U.N. Human Rights Council shows how the Havana regime and its allies in the Non-Aligned Movement, which include numerous other repressive states, tried to use diplomatic tactics to block international scrutiny of Sri Lanka’s human rights violations. Fortunately, …

Sri Lankan envoy lashes out at Western “colonizers” over U.N. emergency session, but rights groups call proposed resolution “toothless”

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 24, 2009 — Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch today expressed “serious disappointment” today over a “toothless” resolution on Sri Lanka being circulated by Switzerland and other Western states in advance of Tuesday’s U.N. Human Rights Council …

Sri Lankan U.N. envoy lashes out at Western "colonizers" over emergency meeting of human rights council

Today at the U.N. Human Rights Council informal consultations were held on the draft text for the special session on Sri Lanka to be held this Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Muriel Berset of Switzerland, sponsor of the text, along with representatives of the European Union (the Czech Republic), Chile and …

Sri Lankan minister must resign from WHO presidency for humanitarian catastrophe, demands activist group

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 20, 2009 — Sri Lankan health minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, elected president of this week’s annual session of the World Health Organization, should end the humanitarian disaster plaguing 300,000 civilians in the war-torn north, or be pressured to step down by the …

UN Watch Raps UN Election of Pakistan to Rights Council, Lauds NGO Defeat of Sri Lanka Bid

PRESS RELEASE Neuer: “Foxes are guarding the chickens” Geneva, May 21, 2008 — UN Watch expressed concern today after 114 UN General Assembly members failed to respect human rights standards by electing Pakistan to the Human Rights Council, with an even larger 142 supporting Bahrain. “We were …

Issue 175: Pakistan Wins Return to UN Rights Council, Sri Lanka Loses

Member states of the UN General Assembly failed to respect human rights standards today when 114 of them voted to reelect Pakistan to the Human Rights Council, and when 142 elected Bahrain. However, an intense campaign by UN Watch and other human rights organizations led to the defeat of Sri Lanka, which still …

UN Watch Expresses Concern After Sri Lanka Rejects UN Human Rights Monitoring as ‘Unqualified’

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, Jan. 16, 2008 – UN Watch expressed concern today after Sri Lanka’s representative in Geneva called the office of High Commissioner Louise Arbour “unqualified” to report on the island’s bloody conflict. Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based NGO, said it was …

UN Rights Council Considering Draft Resolutions

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, October 6, 2006 – In the final meeting of its second regular session, the UN Human Rights Council today is considering 45 proposed resolutions, said UN Watch, a non-governmental organization in Geneva that closely follows the Council’s proceedings.  Only five, however, allege …