A Vietnamese man in downtown Hanoi, where ever-tightening state restrictions are making it harder for activists to communicate freely (Photo by Bui Hoang Long) Last week, the UN elected serial human rights repressor Vietnam to its 47-seat Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Show More Summary
Ezra Levant and UN Association of Canada representatives debate the inclusion of human rights abusers to the UN Human Rights Council. This report aired on The Source November 14 2013....
Described as a "black day for human rights" and "asking the fox to look after the chickens,” China's recent election to the UN Human Rights Council (alongside Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Russia) has been met with outrage by many concerned groups. Show More Summary
A leading campaigner against forced abortions and the one-child policy in China says the Asian nation has no business getting a spot on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, told LifeNews she thinks it is a travesty that China has returned to a seat at the U.N. […]
General Assembly elects 14 new members to 47-seat Geneva-based council, including nations with poor rights records.
China (along with Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Algeria, and Cuba) won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday because, at this point, just fuck it. The new UNHRC's board looks like a BuzzFeed list of human rights offenders, and/or a list of countries where freedoms of speech, expression, and dissent would go to die. [ more › ]
China is 'almost certain' to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, when the UN General Assembly will elect 17 new member states to the 47-member council, and human rights activists at this moment are adamantly protesting to keep the country excluded from the list. [ more › ]
“All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.” - Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 12 March 2007, Opening of the 4th Human Rights Council Session “Lack of access to justice, the official impunity, the possibility of arbitrary detention….” These are [Read More...]
The UN Human Rights Council is as anti-Israel as its predecessor, the UN Commission on Human Rights. It protects dictatorships while focusing disproportionate attention and outrage on Israel's alleged human rights violations. So in 2012,...Show More Summary
A curious lack of prominence, this week, given over to the news that Saudi Arabia has rejected the chance of a two-year seat on the UN Security Council. Mainly, the Saudis… Continue reading The post Why do the Saudis think they can lecture the United Nations about human rights? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Saudi Arabia and Chad easily won coveted seats on the UN Security Council today, despite criticism from human rights groups that their rights records are abysmal. Nigeria, Lithuania, and Chile also won seats. The five candidates endorsed by regional groups faced no opposition because there were no contested races for...
India has failed to sign a U.N.-led resolution that calls for the elimination of early marriage. The first of its kind proposal, initiated by the UN Human Rights Council and supported by 107 countries, calls for the ending of child marriage to become part of the global development agenda after 2015. Show More Summary
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday criticized a hard-won United Nations Security Council resolution ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal for failing to deliver justice for the conflict’s victims. “This resolution fails to ensure justice for the gassing of hundreds of children and many other grave crimes,” said the New York-based watchdog’s United Nations [...]
Bangladesh has rejected a UN recommendation to decriminalize homosexuality, angering gay rights activists in the country, The Independent reports: The reaction followed a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on Friday, where...
[Content Note: racism, misogyny, violence against women and girls.] The Conservative government of Canada has rejected calls from the UN Human Rights Council for a federal investigation into the alarming problem of violence against Aboriginal...Show More Summary
The United Nations Human Rights Council experts tasked with examining North Korea's human rights record have produced initial findings. North Korea has not cooperated with the probe, and Council investigators have focused on interviews...Show More Summary
UN human rights investigators described torture, starvation, and executions in North Korean prison camps as part of UN Human Rights Council’s first report on violations in the country. Michael Kirby, head of the UN inquiry, told Reuters that...Show More Summary
Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law at the University of NSW and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. In a damning indictment of Australia's treatment of refugees, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found 143 violations...Show More Summary
UN Watch reports that Switzerland has nominated Jean Ziegler for election to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Mr. Ziegler is known for "co-founding, co-managing, and eventually winning" the "Moammar Qaddafi International Prize for Human...Show More Summary
Brazil's campaign for permanent membership on the UN Security Council must project a vision of the UN in the 21st century that is about enhancing universal human rights and confronting global problems.