Questions for new UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet over Cuban & Venezuela policy

GENEVA, August 10, 2018 – The non-governmental human rights group UN Watch congratulated Michelle Bachelet on her appointment today as UN human rights chief, but joined Amnesty International, UNA-UK and other NGOs in criticizing the lack of transparency of the rushed process. In particular, UN …

Nominee for UN Rights Chief Has Problematic Record On Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua; Watchdog Expresses ‘Serious Concerns’

GENEVA, August 8, 2018 – In reaction to the news of Michelle Bachelet’s nomination as the next UN human rights chief, the non-governmental human rights organization UN Watch said it had “serious concerns” over her spotty record on supporting human rights in Cuba, Nicaragua, and …

Does OHCHR Enable China’s Harassment of Dissidents?

This week, the New York Times reported about China’s crackdown on human rights activists, particularly its harassment of, and reprisals against, activists who attend UN meetings. As UN Watch pointed out at the March 2017 Human Rights Council session and again in May, in a letter complaint to Human Rights Chief …

UN rights chief condemns Israel, won’t call Tel Aviv shooting a terrorist attack

In sharp contrast to the statement of UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the world body’s high commissioner for rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, noticeably refused to call Wednesday’s Palestinian shooting of Israelis in Tel Aviv a terrorist attack, which killed 4 and injured 16, and he …

Whistleblower quits UN human rights office, cites “complete impunity” over child rape by peacekeepers

GENEVA, June 7, 2016 — UN Watch called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to investigate the UN human rights office (OHCHR) in the wake of today’s announcement that its top whistleblower Anders Kompass—the director of field operations at OHCHR, who exposed the rape of children by peacekeepers—is to resign …

UN rights official who ignored African child rape by French troops resigns; UN Watch reacts

GENEVA, July 22, 2015 – The resignation of a top UN rights official who admitted she did nothing after receiving reports of child rape by French soldiers in Central African Republic — because she was “distracted” by budget cuts — underscores the dire need for greater accountability at the world body, …

Why it matters when UN rights chief fails to call out worst abusers

In his maiden speech to the Human Rights Council, the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein mentioned several human rights situations, with varying degrees of emergency, ranging from Syria and Iraq to Greece, Australia and Cyprus. The references to Iraq and Syria were extensive. The …

Jordanian Prince Zeid’s inaugural speech as the UN’s new High Commissioner for Human Rights

Inaugural speech by Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, before the U.N. Human Rights Council, September 8, 2014 Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. President, I thank you for your …