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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).

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NGO: U.N. gave China names of rights activists

May 24, 2017 — UN Watch

GENEVA, May 24, 2017 The U.N. human rights office dangerously handed over to China the names of four human rights activists slated to attend a Human Rights Council session, and has a practice of doing so, alleges Geneva-based NGO UN Watch, in a letter of complaint sent today to U.N. human rights chief Zeid Hussein.

The complaint, which cites numerous breaches of the UN Charter and other rules, was filed by UN Watch director Hillel Neuer on the eve of his appearance tomorrow before a U.S. Senate hearing that will assess U.S. policy toward the UNHRC, and the related Office of the High Commissioner.

Ti-Anna Wang, (Image) a Chinese human rights activist brought to testify by UN Watch, was harassed by Chinese agents in March 2014.

U.N. elects genocidal Sudan Vice-Chair of Committee on NGOs

May 22, 2017 — UN Watch

GENEVA – The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned this morning’s election of Sudan as Vice-Chair of the U.N. committee that accredits and oversees the work of non-governmental human rights groups at the world body, noting that the Khartoum regime persecutes human rights activists, while its leader, Omar al-Bashir, remains wanted for genocide at the International Criminal Court.

“Electing Sudan to oversee the work of human rights activists at the U.N. is like picking the fox to guard the henhouse, as he is still wiping the feathers off his mouth from his last meal,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

“This election is absurd, and casts a shadow upon the reputation of the United Nations as a whole,” said Neuer.

The diplomat elected to represent Sudan on the committee was Mr. Hassan Idriss Ahmed Salih.

UN Watch director’s challenge to Arab regimes:  “Where Are Your Jews?””

Mar 31, 2017 — UN Watch

GENEVA, March 30, 2017—Tonight Israel’s i24News TV will interview UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer about the video of his U.N. clash last week with Arab regimes which is now going viral on social media and the blogosphere, viewed more than 2.5 million times worldwide on Facebook and YouTube.

At a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting last Monday that focused only on Israel, Arab states echoed the report by Richard Falk that accused Israel of “apartheid.” The report was deleted by the U.N. under pressure from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, as she described to an audience on Monday at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington.

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

Mar 21, 2017 — UN Watch

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.

Rights group urges UK to expel Richard Falk, condemned by UK 3 times for antisemitism

Mar 20, 2017 — UN Watch

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.

Walk of shame: Sweden’s “first feminist government” don hijabs in Iran

Feb 13, 2017 — UN Watch

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.”

Time to Take Action on the UN is Now

Feb 9, 2017 — UN Watch

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Ask: Why is the U.S. still on the UN Human Rights Council?
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130-page report: UNRWA teachers incite terrorism & antisemitism

Feb 2, 2017 — UN Watch

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.

Click here for the PDF of the report.

Click here for the Executive Summary of the report.

Iran is “state sponsor of terrorism,” 11 Arab countries tell UN

Nov 14, 2016 — UN Watch

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.

UN condemns Israel 10 times, 3 for rest of world combined

Nov 8, 2016 — UN Watch

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.

U.N. Clash: Syria, Russia, Venezuela Fail to Silence Victim Testimony

Sep 19, 2016 — UN Watch

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.

Egyptian envoy boycotts UN’s new monitor on anti-gay violence

Aug 17, 2016 — UN Watch

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.

UN chief should protest Turkey’s arrest of journalist who addressed UN

Jul 21, 2016 — UN Watch

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.