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 …

Issue 559: UN condemns Israel in 6 resolutions, no criticism of Palestinian attacks

Annual ritual to see total of 20 resolutions on Israel, 3 on rest of world UN Watch commends Canada’s new Trudeau government for maintaining opposition to biased resolutions Syria’s ambassador Jaafari expressed “heartfelt appreciation and gratitude” to the UN for its Golan …

Saudis win UNHRC contest over Yemen resolution

GENEVA, October 1, 2015 – Saudi Arabia has managed to block a Dutch-led draft resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that would have dispatched the UN rights office to investigate possible war crimes by the Saudis, Iran-backed Houthis and others, in the conflict in Yemen. Instead, Saudi Arabia has …

Saudi Arabia pledged $1 million to UNHRC before winning seat

Saudi Arabia pledged $1 million to the UN human rights office before it won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in November 2013, paving the way for its chairmanship — just announced by the UN last week on September 17th — of the influential UNHRC committee that interiews and shortlists candidates to …

Saudi chair of UNHRC panel vetted experts on women’s rights, arbitrary detention, independence of judges

UN Watch is outraged that the UN Human Rights Council chose Saudi Arabia, despite its abysmal record, to play a key role in picking the world body’s global human rights monitors on violence against women, arbitrary detention and the independence of judges. For our full statement, click here. Ambassador Faisal …

How Membership on UNHRC Consultative Group Can Be Abused

Houria Es-Slami, appointed UN expert in 2014 As chair of the UNHRC Consultative Group, the Saudi government has access to unique information and influence. Certain members of the powerful consultative group have in the past used their positions to unfairly privilege their preferred candidates. Most famously, …

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, …

UN airbrushes Clooney’s wife out of its history books

The United Nations has airbrushed George Clooney’s wife out of its history books, as a new report by the world body eliminates all mention of its ill-fated appointment of Ms. Amal Alamuddin last month as a member of its commission of inquiry on the Gaza conflict. The U.N.’s August 11th announcement …

EU pulls out of anti-Israel UN debate, Islamic states outraged

EU pulls out of anti-Israel UN debate, Islamic states outraged In an important development, the European Union has stopped participating in the UN Human Rights Council’s regular agenda item against Israel. This has the Arab and Islamic states up in arms. Below from the UN summary are segments from the recent …

True story: Palestinian UN rep criticized states for criticizing Israel

An extraordinary event took place at the Human Rights Council on September 16, when the Palestinian representative took the floor to attack countries for attacking Israel. The incident took place while the HRC was discussing human rights situations around the world, under Agenda Item 4. What angered the …