New Report Gives UN Rights Chief Mixed Reviews on Confronting Rights Violators


A performance evaluation on Louise Arbour. It ain’t pretty. Excerpted from UN Watch: A new study on Louise Arbour’s performance as UN rights chief gives her mixed reviews on confronting violators, and urges her replacement, Navanethem Pillay, to adopt a stronger approach toward UN heavyweights such as China, Russia and Egypt. The Right to Name and Shame, a 48-page report by UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva that monitors the United Nations, was presented today at the inaugural meeting of the UN Human Rights Council’s expert advisors. The report is the first to scrutinize the tenure of a

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UN Watch to Rights Council: Durban II Draft ‘Breaches Red Lines’


Muslims continue to dictate public policy by throwing temper tantrums about the so-called “defamation of Islam” while ignoring its own 100 year long villification of Jews and Israel. Via UN Watch: A “non-paper” published by the planners of next year’s UN conference on racism already singles out Israel and breaches Europe’s red lines, UN Watch told the UN Human Rights Council this week. The Durban Review Conference, set for next April in Geneva, will be a highly visible, amply funded, well-advertised and well-attended gathering that will focus the world’s attention on the West’s defamation of Islam and racial discrimination against

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9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Begins Post as UN Expert on “Palestine”


Today the UN Human Rights Council welcomed Richard Falk as the new expert to oversee its standing investigation into “Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law.” When UN Watch took the floor to ask Falk to explain his support for 9/11 conspiracy theories, as documented by the Times of London, Egypt made a failed bid to delete the question from the record. See full video and text below. Click for video UN Human Rights Council, 8th Session Agenda Item 7: “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories” Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on

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Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bahrain: “Not Qualified” for UN Rights Council Election


Monitoring the United Nations, via UN Watch: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Gabon and Zambia fail to meet the minimum standards required for today’s election of 15 new members to the UN Human Rights Council, according to a report by UN Watch and Freedom House, two independent human rights organizations that monitor country compliance with democracy and individual liberties. Click here for report. “Pakistan has a record of systematic violations of basic human rights, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, persecution of religious minorities and a judicial system that fosters violence against of women as a form of punishment,” said Hillel Neuer,

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First Time: UN Hears from Jewish Refugees of Arab Lands


UN Watch Testifies Before UN Human Rights Council on Forgotten Refugees The history of Palestinian refugees deserves international attention. So does the history of one million Jewish refugees from the Arab-Israel conflict. Yet the United Nations has devoted countless resolutions and debates to only one side of this story, completely ignoring the other. For the first time ever in the UN Human Rights Council, at its recently concluded session, the suffering of Jewish refugees from Arab lands was also placed on the international agenda. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Congress adopted a historic resolution recognizing that all victims of the conflict

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Amnesty International Urged to Withdraw Invitation to Qaddafi Supporter


UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization founded in 1993 to monitor UN compliance with the principles of its Charter. Via UN Watch: Amnesty International should reconsider its speaking invitation to Jean Ziegler, a UN official who co-founded the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize and has supported the regimes of Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro and other major human rights violators, said UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights monitoring organization (Click to read UN Watch letter).At its annual Swiss conference to be held this Saturday in Bern, Amnesty International plans to feature Mr. Ziegler together with Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline

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Take Action: Urge Swiss to Cancel UN Nomination of Jean Ziegler


Another human rights fraud is about to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council. Via UN Watch:Stop Jean Ziegler Before March 26, 2008Who is Jean Ziegler? This supporter of dictators is assured election to the UN Human Rights Council — unless Switzerland is persuaded to withdraw his nomination.First, watch this compelling video. UN Watch has learned that on next Wednesday, March 26, 2008, the United Nations is expected to elect Jean Ziegler—founder of the “Muammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize”—as one of only three Western advisory experts on the Human Rights Council. As the darling of the council’s ruling Arab

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Cuba lashes out, threatens to silence UN Watch after speech exposing Hamas inversion


Cuba hates those Jews, along with the other Muslim member nations of the UN. From UN Watch: An emergency session today of the UN’s 47-nation Human Rights Council condemned Israel for “grave violations of the human and humanitarian rights of Palestinian civilians,” for “undermining” the peace process, “incessant and repeated Israeli military attacks,” and causing “loss of life and injuries among Palestinian civilians, including women and children.” The resolution, which made no mention of Hamas rocket attacks or their Israeli victims, was adopted by 30 votes to 1 (Canada), with 15 abstentions from European Union and other countries. UN Watch

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