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. …

Human Rights Council should reject report on Vietnam

UN Watch Statement Human Rights Council Item 6: UPR Report of Vietnam  Delivered by Dang Xuong Hung     Thank you, Mr. President. My name is Dang Xuong Hung and I am the former Consul of Vietnam in Geneva, and the former Deputy Director of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I had been a member of …

Vietnam blocks journalist from attending UN review of its human rights record

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, February 2, 2014 – Pham Chi Dung, a respected independent journalist and civil society advocate, was blocked by Vietnamese authorities from leaving the country yesterday evening to attend events in Geneva during the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Vietnam. …

Top EU Lawmakers Urge Own Governments to Oppose China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia in UN Rights Council Election

PRESS RELEASE BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: JORDAN PULLS OUT, CREATING ‘CLEAN SLATE’ FOR CHINA, SAUDI ARABIA & VIETNAM GENEVA, November 7, 2013 – Top European lawmakers today called on their own governments to oppose China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and other “manifestly unworthy” …

NGOs Release Report Urging EU & US to Oppose China, Russia, Cuba & Saudi Arabia in Next Week’s Election to UN Human Rights Council

New Report: UNHRC Candidates China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Jordan, Vietnam are “Not Qualified”; Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uruguay are “Questionable” GENEVA, November 4, 2013 – As the U.N. prepares to elect 14 nations next week to its highest …

“List of Shame”: World’s Worst Abusers Running for UN Human Rights Council Seats

PRESS RELEASE UN Watch reveals: Algeria, Chad, China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam expected to win 2014-16 terms on world’s top rights body; Iran & Syria may also be running GENEVA, July 9 — As a United Nations meeting is today set to hear live campaign pitches (webcast link) from the UK, …

The Right to Name And Shame: An Analysis of the Tenure of Former UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour with Recommendations for New High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay

Summary   Click for Full Report (PDF) The new appointment of Navanethem Pillay as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is an opportunity to reflect upon the requirements, responsibilities and priorities of an international position that stands on the front lines of the struggle for the idea of universally …