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UN to elect tyrannies to oversee human rights NGOs
Monday, April 16, 2018 1:58 PM

GENEVA, April 16, 2018 – A Swiss-based watchdog organization today called on the world body not to elect a “rogues’ gallery of the world’s worst human rights abusers” to the 19-nation UN committee that accredits human rights organizations, including candidate countries Iran, Russia, China, Cuba, Turkey, Burundi, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, Venezuela, Libya and Nicaragua. All except Libya already serve on the committee and are likely to be reelected today. “Asking Iran, Russia and Venezuela to oversee human rights activists is like making Al Capone in charge of fighting organized crime,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based United Nations Watch, a non-governmental organization accredited in special consultative status with the UN. “It’s absurd, and will harm the ability of pro-democracy activists worldwide to advocate for their human rights inside the United Nations.” This afternoon ECOSOC will elect 19 member states to its Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, for a four-year term from 2019 through 2022. “Membership on this committee matters,” said Neuer, “because it’s the primary gatekeeper for deciding which human rights activists and civil society groups can have a place and a voice at the United Nations. Sadly, the dictator-dominated committee systematically denies accreditation to legitimate organizations, and systematically harasses those who already have it in order to intimidate them into silence.” “Not surprisingly, with dictators like Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Khamenei and Nicolas Maduro in charge, this has turned into the committee against NGOs,” said Neuer. The committee routinely rules against legitimate civil society NGOs, while accrediting organizations linked to terrorist organizations. In recent years, the 19-nation …

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Top Tweets of the Week
Monday, April 16, 2018 1:16 PM

Trending UN Watch tweets from this past week: Jeremy Corbyn, who in the past has repeatedly called for sanctions on Israel, advocates “negotiations” and “diplomatic efforts” with Syrian mass murderer Bashar al-Assad; in a revealing video from 2009, the British Labour Party leader famously invited his “friends” from the Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups to parliament, and described them as “social justice” and “peace” activists; and UN Watch’s report on Syria heading a UN disarmament forum after it perpetrated yet another deadly chemical weapons attack goes viral, sparking condemnation from U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. Did you ever notice that when it comes to Israel, Jeremy Corbyn calls for sanctions, but when Assad gasses his own people he advocates "diplomatic efforts" and "negotiations"? https://t.co/qI22cB8JJ2 pic.twitter.com/nP9K3sAZw8 — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 15, 2018 .@jeremycorbyn As the entire democratic world backs U.S., British & French action to stop Syria's poison gas attacks on children, I'm not surprised you're now siding with Assad, Putin & Ayatollah Khamenei. After all, you called their key commando force Hezbollah your "friends." https://t.co/29pXt1wKg6 — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 14, 2018 .@jeremycorbyn: "Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I have also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well…" pic.twitter.com/FOlRCmcnBX — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 11, 2018 Thread https://t.co/CyZ8AnIxnW — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 11, 2018 It is disgusting that after the Assad regime uses chemical weapons against civilians, including women and children, …

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Corbyn wants ‘dialogue’ with Assad, sanctions on Israel
Saturday, April 14, 2018 11:29 PM

Jeremy Corbyn’s latest calls for “negotiations for peace” and “a political settlement” in response to Assad gassing to death his own people are part of a pattern whereby the UK Labour Party leader calls for “dialogue” with murderers he likes, as when he called the Hezbollah terrorist group his “friends” with whom the UK should promote “peace, understanding and dialogue.” In marked contrast, however, when Israel has taken military action to defend itself against Hamas terrorist attacks and rockets fired at civilian population centers, Corbyn’s response is not to call for negotiations, but rather to demands sanctions and “justice” against Israel. As shown below, he has never called for sanctions or justice in regard to Syria. For Assad and Hezbollah: “negotiations,” “diplomatic efforts,” “dialogue” The horrific deaths and injuries in Douma point to a chemical attack which must be fully investigated by the UN and those responsible held to account. The need to restart real negotiations for peace and a political settlement in Syria could not be more urgent. — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 8, 2018 Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have already been killed and millions displaced. The Government must take a diplomatic lead to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict. — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 14, 2018 .@jeremycorbyn: "Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I have also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well…" pic.twitter.com/FOlRCmcnBX — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 11, 2018 On …

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Going Viral: UN Watch Report on Syria heading UN disarmament forum
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:10 PM

UN Watch’s exclusive report and appeal on Syria’s upcoming presidency of the UN’s top disarmament forum has sparked a global firestorm. The scandal arose yesterday in the U.S. State Department press briefing and then today in the White House press briefing, and is being reported in news media worldwide — including  The Associated Press, EFE Brasil, Daily Mail, Lalibre.be, de Volkskrant, Aftonbladet, ntv Nachrichten, Tagesspiegel, New York Post, CNSNews.com, and RFE/RL. Many other journalists, including correspondents and editors from CNN, The Independent and The Guardian, shared UN Watch’s report on social media — see below. And now this: after gassing its own people to death, #Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical & nuclear weapons; watchdog calls on US & EU to walk out https://t.co/s0JfV2xRZP via @unwatchcc: @nikkihaley @theresa_may @EmmanuelMacron @AmbJohnBolton — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 9, 2018 Viral: UN Watch protest against Syria chairing UN disarmament UN Watch's protest against #Syria heading the #UN's disarmament forum is going viral — reported on by The Associated Press, EFE Brasil, Daily Mail, Lalibre.be, de Volkskrant, Aftonbladet, ntv Nachrichten, Tagesspiegel, New York Post, CNSNews.com, RFE/RL and more. See here: https://www.unwatch.org/media-coverage-syria-chair-un-disarmament-forum/Yesterday our report was raised at the State Department daily briefing. Heather Nauert said about Syria becoming chair: "That would be an outrage." Video: https://youtu.be/FdZTJOBgJqwToday UN Watch's protest was raised by CNN correspondent Michelle Kosinski at the The White House press briefing. "With Syria set to chair the U.N. Conference on Disarmament next month, will the President consider, or does he have any plans to pull the U.S. out for the duration of Syria presiding over that group?"Press Secretary Sara …

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Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical & nuclear weapons; watchdog calls on US & EU to walk out
Monday, April 9, 2018 12:59 PM

Syrian ambassador Hussam Edin Aala, left, with Vladimir Gratchev, representative of Michael Møller, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, Sept. 3, 2014. GENEVA, April 9, 2018 – Despite accusations that it perpetrated yet another deadly chemical weapons attack on Saturday, Syria will next month chair the United Nations disarmament forum that produced the treaty banning chemical weapons, sparking calls by an independent monitoring group for the U.S., the EU, and UN chief Antonio Guterres to strongly protest, and for their ambassadors to walk out of the conference during the four weeks of the Syrian presidency.  The 65-nation Conference on Disarmament, based in Geneva, has also negotiated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament efforts, as well as the convention against biological weapons. “Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of United Nations Watch, the Geneva based non-governmental organization. The activist group announced that it intends to hold protest events outside the UN hall featuring Syrian victims of their government’s chemical weapons attacks. And now this: after gassing its own people to death, #Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical & nuclear weapons; watchdog calls on US & EU to walk out https://t.co/s0JfV2xRZP via @unwatchcc: @nikkihaley @theresa_may @EmmanuelMacron @AmbJohnBolton — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 9, 2018 “The Assad regime’s documented use of chemical weapons remains the most serious violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in the treaty’s …

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Video: “Why is the U.N. defining Judaism as a war crime?”
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:20 PM

Why is the U.N. defining Judaism as a war crime? 37th Session of the U.N. Human Rights Council March 2018 Click here for YouTube The UN Human Rights Council wrapped up it main session of the year by condemning Israel in five resolutions and seven reports. Click here for more. Addressing the Council, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein announced that his office is moving ahead on producing a blacklist of companies doing business over the Green Line, despite strong opposition by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. For UN Watch’s new ‘Myths and Facts on the UN’s Anti-Israel Blacklist’, click here. Arab dictatorships and their allies lined up to demand the release of the anti-Israel database, and to excoriate the Jewish state. Jordan: “The Arab Group urges the High Commissioner to publish the names of these corporations.” Egypt: “We urge the High Commissioner to publish the list of these enterprises.” Pakistan: “Publish the names of the 216 companies profiting from the illegal construction and growth of settlements.” Human Rights Watch: “We encourage the High Commissioner to publish the names of the companies before the end of his tenure, and urge the Council to ensure his Office has the resources. Settlements are unlawful under International Humanitarian Law, and the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population to the occupied territory is a war crime.” South Africa: “There is no difference between what’s happening to the people of Palestine and what was done under apartheid in South Africa.” North Korea: “Israel recently committed the high-handed and brazen act of openly declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel without hesitation.” PLO: “Israel continues …

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Britain’s Stiffening Spine Against UNHRC’s Anti-Israel Bigotry
Sunday, March 25, 2018 5:14 PM

Britain switched another of its votes during the annual UN Human Rights Council assault on Israel, switching from Abstain to No on one of the five resolutions. In last year’s March 2017 session, Britain exercised its first No vote in recent years — on an absurd resolution condemning Israel for violating the human rights of Syrians on the Golan Heights — and it delivered an exceptional statement calling out the anti-Israel bias of the UNHRC, warning they would switch all votes to No if the imbalance were not removed. This year, Theresa May’s government was true to its word by switching yet another vote to No, on an absurd resolution condemning Israel for not following up on the malign Goldstone Report, whose core charges Judge Goldstone himself famously retracted. The UK’s initial switch in 2016 from Yes to Abstain on two resolutions relates primarily to its opposition to the introduction that year of a “database” that would blacklist companies doing business with Jews living east of the 1949 armistice line. Britain stated in March 2016 that it would not cooperate with the blacklist, and it reiterated its opposition on Friday as well.  RESOLUTION   2015  2016  2017  2018  Settlements  Yes  Abstain  Abstain  Abstain  Accountability  Yes  Abstain  Abstain  No  Golan  Abstain  Abstain  No  No  Human Rights in OPT  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Self- Determination  Yes  Yes   Yes  Yes It’s good to see Britain is getting its spine back. They're a weak lot, in Europe. Weak. Feeble. What I think of this latest statement below on the #IranProtests

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Same Day: UN Women’s Rights Commission Condemns Israel, Welcomes Saudi Arabia
Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:32 AM

The UN’s 45-member Commission on the Status of Women, meeting in its 2017 annual session, singled out Israel as the only country in the world subjected to a condemnatory resolution on women’s rights. Britain changed its vote from an abstention last year to a No vote this year. On Friday, the @UN women's rights commission (@UN_CSW):1. Condemned 1 country in the world as a a violator of women's rights: #Israel2. Welcomed #SaudiArabia as new member, joining #Iranhttps://t.co/McKEcmRGIP — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) March 25, 2018 The Jewish state was harshly and repeatedly condemned in the resolution for allegedly being the “major obstacle” for Palestinian women “with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society.” The resolution made no mention of how Palestinian women’s rights are impacted by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, or their patriarchal society, nor were Palestinian victims of honor killings mentioned. The UN commission ended the session by ignoring the world’s major abusers of women’s rights, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and many others. Worse, Saudi Arabia officially joined the CSW later that afternoon, joining Iran as a member. Here is the resolution adopted by the Commission on the Status of Women on March 23, 2018. The vote was 30 in favour and 4 against (UK, Canada, Guatemala, Israel), with 11 abstentions. The U.S. is not a member of the CSW.  

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UNHRC’s 2018 Session Condemns Israel 5 Times — More Than Iran, Syria & North Korea Combined
Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:58 PM

UNHRC’s Assault on Israel – 37th Session, March 2018 The UN Human Rights Council’s main 2018 session concluded on Friday, March 23rd, with 1 resolution on North Korea, 1 on Iran, 2 on Syria, and 5 on Israel. These five resolutions criticize Israel only, and make no mention of abuses by Hamas or the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority. See below table of resolutions and voting sheets. As usual, the Council — whose members include China, Cuba, Egypt, Qatar, Pakistan, Venezuela, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and UAE — passed zero resolutions on human rights violations by China, Cuba, Egypt, Qatar, Pakistan, Venezuela, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and UAE, nor on Turkey, Algeria, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, etc. In addition, the UNHRC session heard more reports on Israel than on Iran, Syria and North Korea combined. See list at bottom. The U.S. and Australia showed their principles by opposing every biased text. Britain, like last year, switched one of its votes to No, and gave a strong speech denouncing anti-Israel bias. For a detailed analysis on the Israel obsession and the other pathologies of the UNHRC, click here for the recent U.S. Senate testimony by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer. Bravo to #UK for changing vote to #No on another @UN_HRC anti-Israel text:🇬🇧 "The disproportionate number of resolutions against Israel and the existence of a dedicated agenda item that singles out Israel does little to advance dialogue, stability or mutual understanding." pic.twitter.com/MbIvGpiFXg — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) March 23, 2018 ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS #HRC37 VOTE “Human rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan”  (Drafted by Syria, submitted …

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China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 4:31 PM

Click here for video in original Chinese GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – As reported now in the New York Times, the Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed the 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. China lashed out at the end, saying in a right of reply that “NGOs and individuals with ulterior motives use this forum to fulfill their evil purposes.” Before the speech, one of the Chinese government delegates sought to intimidate the speaker, Dr. Yang Jianli, by taking pictures of him outside the hall for more than 10 minutes. UN Watch has filed a formal complaint with UNHRC President Vojislav Šuc, demanding that the Chinese delegate—believed to be Mr. Wei Zhimin (see photo below)—be permanently expelled from the UN. Only moments into his speech, Dr. Yang was interrupted by China, which falsely claimed that he was not properly accredited with UN Watch. In two other interruptions, China claimed that Yang was not addressing the correct topic, which was universal human rights as enshrined in the 1993 Vienna Declaration. In 2014, as reported in the New York Times, China also spied on and intimidated a Chinese human rights defender brought by UN Watch. In 2015, Reuters reported on China’s escalating use of intimidation tactics to silence its critics at the UN. Reaction by Dr. Yang Jianli: “The Chinese delegation were trying to intimidate me, but their efforts were in vain. They should know me better: I endured …

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