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…
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 to bid to become the head of the 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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Hey, you know what would be a fantastic idea? Lifting sanctions against countries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea! The U.N. Human Rights Council this week will appoint an official
As the Russian delegation on the 28th UN Human Rights Council regular session stated, racial discrimination and xenophobia were still present at many democratic countries.
Israeli envoy fails to attend UN Human Rights Council special session on Palestinian territories and 2014 Gaza conflict.
A report by a special UN investigator said that Israel “deliberately” targeted civilian homes during last summer’s attack on Gaza. The report will be presented Monday to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva by special rapporteur Makarim Wibisono of Indonesia. The report will form part of the basis for a UNHRC debate […]
The Lebanese newspaper As Safir reported on Monday that Qatar and Saudi Arabia are leading a diplomatic effort for the adoption of a statement by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that denounces Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war. As Safir which is closely linked to Hezbollah and the Syrian regime claims that that the two Arab Gulf […]
Ramping up its campaign of paranoia, Lithuania organized an informal meeting with the United Nations Security Council to discuss alleged human rights abuses in Crimea. Not in attendance were Russia and several other key nations, recognizing the gathering as being more interested in provocation than facts.
Associate Counsel Matthew Clark of the American Center for Law and Justice has said that he hopes the U.N. Human Rights Council will take up the case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran.
The UN Security Council should refer the crimes committed by the Islamic State (ISIL) group and other militias in Iraq to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the UN Human Rights Office said in a report published on Thursday.
Over the last week at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, I've heard Bahrain described several times as an apartheid state. It's not a new comparison. A few days after the mass protests for democracy broke out in February 2011, New...Show More Summary
Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate.
The Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council met in Geneva during the week of 23 to 27 February. This committee – called the Advisory Board – is composed of 18 independent experts who are elected based on a key that reflects the continental distribution of the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council. Show More Summary
An open letter signed by 27 groups and 163 individuals is asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to probe the human rights abuses committed by the Vietnamese government. The signatories are also demanding the removal of Vietnam's membership in the UN human rights body. We urge member states to...