UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization founded in 1993 to monitor UN compliance with the principles of its Charter. It is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).
GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights non-governmental organization, after he criticized or called for the removal of these countries from the council.
However, Neuer thanked the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and Latvia for successfully defending the right of UN Watch to speak. Full text of the speech and interruptions below.
GENEVA—The Geneva-based human rights organization UN Watch, which is accredited by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with a mandate to monitor the world body’s adherence to the principles of its Charter, today sent the following letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her government to consider expelling disgraced ex-UN official Richard Falk, whom it has officially condemned three times for antisemitism.
GENEVA—UN Watch welcomed today’s resignation by Rima Khalaf from her post as head of a Beirut-based UN agency, comprised of 18 Arab states, after what she described as pressure from secretary-general Antoni√≥ Guterres to withdraw a report accusing Israel of “apartheid.”
The report appears to have been deleted today from the U.N. ESCWA agency’s website.
GENEVA, Feb. 13, 2017— In a statement that has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights NGO in Geneva, expressed disappointment that Sweden’s self-declared “first feminist government in the world” sacrificed its principles and betrayed the rights of Iranian women as Trade Minister Ann Linde and other female members walked before Iranian President Rouhani on Saturday wearing Hijabs, Chadors, and long coats, in deference to Iran’s oppressive and unjust modesty laws which make the Hijab compulsory — despite Stockholm’s promise to promote “a gender equality perspective” internationally, and to adopt a “feminist foreign policy” in which “equality between women and men is a fundamental aim.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C., – Before a joint subcommittee hearing today of the U.S. Congress concerning the U.N., Israel, and the Palestinians, the director of the independent monitoring group UN Watch will testify and present a new report showing 40 alarming new cases of UNRWA school teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria whose Facebook pages incite to Jihadist terrorism and antisemitism, including by posting Holocaust-denying videos and pictures celebrating Hitler.
UN Watch sent letters this morning to U.N. chief António Guterres, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley, urging them to take action and demand U.N. and UNRWA condemnation of the incitement, and the immediate termination of the implicated employees.
“We need to see zero tolerance in the U.N. for terrorism and antisemitism,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch.
GENEVA - Human rights activists are outraged that the UN General Assembly Hall in New York today hosted yet another tribute to brutal dictator Fidel Castro, with the participation of UNGA president Peter Thomson.
GENEVA, Nov. 14—UN Watch welcomed a letter by 11 Arab countries to the UN which accuses Iran of being “a State sponsor of terrorism” throughout the entire Middle East, and of only increasing “aggression in the region and the continuation of support for terrorist groups” since the signing of the nuclear deal. See full text below.
The letter, published on Friday by the UN, was signed by the UN ambassadors of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
GENEVA, Nov. 8, 2016 – The U.N. General Assembly nearly completed voting today on 10 resolutions against Israel, compared to three for the rest of the world combined, with one each slated for Syria, Iran, and Crimea. See full list here.
On the renewal of the mandate of a special committee to investigate “Israeli practices,” 86 voted yes, 71 abstained, and 7 opposed, with the U.S., Canada and Australia joining the Jewish state, backed by Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. Those abstaining included EU members, as well as several from Africa and Latin America, including Argentina, Mexico and Costa Rica.
GENEVA— Prominent Syrian activist and former political prisoner Mohamad Kamal Allabwani took the floor at the U.N. Human Rights Council this morning to decry the atrocities committed against his people by the Assad regime and its allies. He was invited by Geneva-based human rights organization UN Watch.
In his speech, Dr. Allabwani also referred to a statue of the “Goddess of Justice,” that is located outside of the U.N. Human Rights Council chamber and was donated by the Assad regime. He called this statue an “insult” to the 300,000 thousands Syrians who have been murdered so far and asked the UN to remove it.
Allabwani’s truthful and sincere words drew the ire of Assad’s UN delegates who interrupted him three times. Russia and Venezuela came to the support of the Assad regime, while the United States and Canada supported his right to speak. He was the only speaker to be interrupted during today’s session. The HRC President allowed Allabwani to conclude his remarks.
GENEVA– A 5-member UN human rights committee announced that a Thai law professor is its choice to be the UN’s first monitor against anti-gay violence, yet an Egyptian diplomat on the panel is boycotting the mandate.
In a report circulated by the president of the UN human rights council (UNHRC), its Consultative Group—comprised of five diplomats who evaluate candidates for UNHRC expert positions—named Vitit Muntarbhorn, a Bangkok law professor who has held prior UN rights posts, as the world body’s first expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
GENEVA, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and human rights commissioner Zeid should urgently protest Turkey’s arrest today of journalist and human rights defender Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a possible act of reprisal for his human rights advocacy including his recent visit to the UN Human Rights Council to testify about human rights violations by the Turkish government, said UN Watch, a Geneva based non-governmental human rights group.
As reported in the media, Cengiz and his wife Sibel Hurtas, also a journalist, were detained today at Istanbul’s Atatruk airport, while about to board a flight to London to attend a conference. Hurtas has since been released.
GENEVA, — A Geneva-based human rights group today called on the UN’s top human rights official and the world body’s experts on arbitrary detention and independence of judges to speak out against Turkish President Erdogan’s “unprecendented” purge of thousands of judges and other officials.
GENEVA, —UN Watch today called on all countries to follow the U.S. announcement and impose personal sanctions targeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Although the international community already applies a range of sanctions against Pyongyang, Washington’s decision on Wednesday marks the first time that government officials have been targeted personally.
UN Watch has been leading this call since September 2014, when 20 North Korean defectors wrote to Swiss president Didier Burkhalter calling on him to freeze the regime’s bank accounts held in the country. The letter received a response by the Swiss President and has been quoted by numerous media including CNN, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
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