US & Canada to boycott UN disarmament talks during Iran presidency; France, Germany, UK should follow

GENEVA, May 14, 2013 – UN Watch commends the U.S. and Canada for strongly protesting Iran’s looming presidency of the UN disarmament conference and  announcing (see below) that their ambassadors will  boycott the session during Tehran’s five weeks at the helm. The decisions by Washington and …

Iran to chair U.N. disarmament conference

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, May 13, 2013 – Iran will chair the United Nations’ most important disarmament negotiating forum during the panel’s May session, which opened today, sparking calls by an independent monitoring group for the U.S., the EU, and UN chief Ban Ki-moon to protest. Click here for UN website. …

Despite Military Atrocities, Ivory Coast Elected as UN Disarmament Commission Vice-Chair

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, Dec. 5, 2012 — Despite massive abuses by its military recently committed during a brutal crackdown, Côte d’Ivoire was elected yesterday by the UN to serve as Vice-Chair of its Disarmament Commission, a decision eliciting sharp protest from the Geneva-based human rights group UN …

Exclusive report: Iran elected to top post at UN Arms Trade Treaty conference

PRESS RELEASE Human rights group urge Ban Ki-moon to condemn “scandalous” election GENEVA, July 8 – Iran was elected to a top post on the UN Arms Trade Treaty conference, revealed UN Watch today in an exclusive report. The Geneva-based human rights group is calling on UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who …

North Korea opens disarmament plenary as Canada boycotts & 28 groups protest

PRESS RELEASE North Korean ambassador So Sepyong (left) presiding over the Conference on Disarmament (CD), Geneva, August 4, 2011. Next to him is Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (right), Director-General of the UN’s European Headquarters who serves as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. More photos …

UN Watch thanks Canada, calls on US and EU to follow in urging N. Korea to resign from UN disarmament presidency

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA — UN Watch thanked Canada today for being first in the world to answer its call on UN member states to protest North Korea’s presidency of a UN disarmament body. Click here for Canadian statement. “We now call on the U.S., the EU, and all other UN member states to follow …

UN names North Korea chair of arms control agency

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA — A Geneva-based human rights group today called on the US and the EU to strongly protest the U.N.’s appointment of North Korea as head of its Conference on Disarmament, a 65-member arms control forum. (For the official UN announcement, see “Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea …