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General Assembly Members Should Not Vote for China, Saudi Arabia

(New York) – United Nations member countries should not vote for China and Saudi Arabia, two of the world’s most abusive governments, for seats on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. Russia’s numerous war crimes in Syria’s…
A view of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, October 1, 2018.
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General Assembly Members Should Not Reward Rights Abusers with Votes

(New York) – Serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia undermine their candidacies for the May 12, 2009 election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a global coalition of international nongovernmental…
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Civilians in Darfur, Sri Lanka Need Protection

(Geneva) – The new U.N. Human Rights Council must take urgent action to address crises from Darfur to Sri Lanka and expand its focus beyond the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said today. The council begins its second regular session today. Thus far the…
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Cuba Should Also Open Its Own Prisons to U.N. Rights Inspectors

The United States should allow U.N. human rights monitors, including the special rapporteur on torture, to visit detainees held at Guantánamo Bay. Cuba late last week put forward a resolution at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights demanding such access…
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Cuba, Russia Assured Seat on Commission

This week's elections to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights are likely to deepen the membership crisis of the world's highest human rights body, Human Rights Watch warned today. On April 29 and 30, the U.N. Economic and Social Council will…
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(Geneva) - This year's session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has proved even more disappointing than last year, Human Rights Watch said on the last day of the six-week meeting in Geneva.     An "abusers club" of governments hostile to…
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(Geneva) Several important resolutions censuring repressive governments may fail at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights this month, Human Rights Watch warned today. The U.N. body, now holding its annual six-week session in Geneva, will begin…