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(From left) Human-rights activist Dr. Arwa al-Khattabi, head of the Yemeni Broken Chair Organization for Mine Victims, former U.S. Deputy Envoy to Combat Antisemitism Ellie Cohanim and Andy Vermaut, president of human rights NGO Post Versa speaking at the “Terrorism and Rights Violations of the Minorities in Yemen” conference in Geneva, Sept. 21, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

UN conference highlights Houthi persecution of minority populations in Yemen

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A conference spotlighting the oppression of Yemen’s minorities by the Iranian-sponsored Houthi rebels occurred Monday on the sidelines of the 48th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, which takes place from Sept. 13...
The U.N. Human Rights Council chamber in Geneva. Credit: U.N. Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Abraham Accords nations issue first joint statement at UN

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For the first time since signing the Abraham Accords, Israel and three of its new regional partners—the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco—issued a joint statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council in...
U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Credit: Peter Stein/Shutterstock.

Israel gives China a little taste of its own medicine at UN

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In a rare move, reportedly due to U.S. pressure, Israel joined a declaration this week criticizing China at the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over human-rights abuses against Muslims living in the Xinjiang Uyghur...
View of the U.N. Human Rights Council special session on “the deteriorating human-rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,” May 2018. Photo by Elma Okic/U.N.

Muslim countries call for UN probe into possible human-rights violations during Israel-Gaza conflict

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Muslim countries submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations on Tuesday, calling for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to investigate potential human-rights violations during the recent fighting between Israel and...
President Joe Biden participates in his first official press conference Thursday, March 25, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. Credit: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

How Biden is smashing America’s moral compass and dragging the West behind it

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For eight years, the administration of former President Barack Obama behaved as if the security needs of the State of Israel were such an irritating impediment to American foreign-policy aims that it had no...
National flags at the entrance of the United Nations European headquarters in Switzerland. The U.N. office was established in Geneva in 1947 and is home to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Credit: Giorgio Caracciolo/Shutterstock.

Engaging with the UN Human Rights Council

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Many people who have never heard of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) might reasonably ask why this body has the name that it does, upon learning that one of its members, China, is...
The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, in Geneva. The room is the meeting place of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Credit: Ludovic Courtès via Wikimedia Commons.

US to return to ‘flawed’ UN Human Rights Council

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U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced that the United States will return to the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing a move by the Trump administration, which withdrew from the international body in 2018. The...
The United Nations building in New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

What can Israel expect at the UN during a Biden administration?

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Despite efforts by its detractors, Israel has seen a steady improvement in its diplomatic standing around the world with breakthroughs in relations with Arab states, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Nevertheless, the United Nations,...
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Feb. 25, 2019. Credit: U.N. Photo by Violaine Martin.

Should the UN ‘blacklist’ be taken seriously?

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With the February 2020 publication by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of a “blacklist” of Israeli and other commercial enterprises functioning in the territories, several questions have arisen as to whether...
The United Nations building in New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

UNHRC worked with NGOs with terror ties to compile blacklist of firms

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NGOs with terrorist ties were involved in the posting on Wednesday of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s blacklist of 112 companies with ties to Israeli settlements released on Wednesday, according to an Israeli Ministry of Strategic...