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U.N. council has first-ever briefing on rights in Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, council diplomats said.

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Chutzpah

It's hard to be shocked by anything that happens in the Middle East, but this act of chutzpah comes close: Saudi Arabia is lobbying to head the United Nations Human Rights Council when the current German president's term expires at the end of this year, according to Le Tribune de Genève. Human rights activists have been stunned by the news. Show More Summary

Saudis Eye Human Rights Chair

Despite an abysmal human rights record, Saudi Arabia reportedly hopes to chair the UN’s Human Rights Council, a test of how far money can go in buying the world’s silence and acquiescence, as Jonathan Marshall describes. By Jonathan Marshall It’s hard to be shocked by anything that happens in the Middle East, but this act of…

You’re Joking, Right? Saudi Arabia Wants to Head UN Human Rights Council

At the beginning of 2016, leadership of the United Nations Human Rights Council will be given to a new nation. One party aggressively seeking that role is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation with one of the most deplorable human rights record on the planet.

Saudi Arabia plans bid to be head of UN Human Rights Council

last weekNews : NY Daily News

Saudi Arabia plans to bid to become the head of the UN Human Rights Council.

Saudi Arabia Moves To Take Over Top Spot On The U.N.’s Human Rights Council

Membership of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC) has always been a rogue’s gallery of some of the world’s most oppressive nations trying to obstruct its work or artificially rehabilitate their images. Now to add insult to countless human rights injuries, Saudi Arabia wants to head the HRC. That’s right. The country that will […]

Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

last weekNews : Truthdig

President Barack Obama, joined by Saudi King Salman, shakes hands with other members of the royal family. (

Not Thursday Humor: Saudi Arabia Plans To Head U.N. Human Rights Council

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, The fact that Saudi Arabia is on the U.N. Human Rights Council at all is more than sufficient to make a mockery out of the entire body. Nevertheless, it appears this ridiculous membership...Show More Summary

HRC Presents to UN Human Rights Council

An historic delegation from HRC traveled to Geneva to participate in the Universal Periodic Review, a United Nations process in which the human rights record of every country in the world is assessed by the UN Human Rights Council.

New UN Report Slams US Human Rights Record - Rights Watchdog

A new UN Human Rights Council report reveals hundreds of major human rights violations in the United States, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Human Rights Program Director Jamil Dawar said in a statement.

U.N. Issues Scathing Assessment of U.S. Human Rights Record

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a scathing report today, consisting of 348 recommendations that address myriad human rights violations in the United States. The report came out as a part of a mechanism called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which examines the human rights record of all U.N. Show More Summary

UK to Leave Council of Europe Once Human Rights Act Scrapped

The UK Conservative Party’s plan to scrap the existing Human Rights Act would mean denouncing the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) initially drafted by British lawyers and leaving the Council of Europe founded by Winston Churchill, the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH) told Sputnik.

UN Envoys Express Concern over US Police Brutality, Racial Profiling

In a discussion at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, delegates from countries across the world raised the issue of racial profiling by US police.

U.S. Defends Record Before Human Rights Council

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

BERLIN (AP) — The United States is defending its record before the U.N.'s main human rights body, acknowledging concerns over the excessive use of force by law-enforcement officials. The U.S. faced the Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday for the body's second review of its record. Show More Summary

The United States Considers Itself a Human Rights Champion. The World Begs to Differ.

Starting Monday, the United States' human rights record will be subject to international scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council. It may just be the perfect catalyst for the Obama administration to make good on past and present wrongs...Show More Summary

Spiritual Influence and Human Rights at Sea: the Weekly Round-up – Hannah Lynes

In the news The drowning of several hundred migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean has dominated headlines in recent weeks, prompting a special meeting of the European Council on 23 April. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called for ‘a robust search-and-rescue operation in the Central Mediterranean, not only a border patrol’. Under the ECHR, migrants […]

Blog: CPJ, HRW call on president of European Olympic Committees to engage with Azerbaijan on press freedom, human rights

A delegation of representatives from CPJ and Human Rights Watch met yesterday with Patrick Hickey, president of the European Olympic Committees, at the Dublin headquarters of the Olympic Council of Ireland. The delegation discussed the dismal state of press freedom and human rights in Azerbaijan, the host of the first-ever...

PACE Seeks to Counter Human Rights Violations in Counter-Terrorism

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted an additional protocol to the Council of Europe's convention a "response to the increasing phenomenon of so-called foreign terrorist fighters."

US Officials Sued for Stranding Americans in Yemen - Islamic Council

Three human rights groups sued US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter for abandoning US citizens in Yemen amid the ongoing conflict, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a press release on Thursday.

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]

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