A chance there’s still an Assad to defend our values (Chappatte cartoon)


©2012 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Syria lambasted by UN in Geneva as situation worsens; Swiss embassy shuts

British embassy personnel withdrawn from GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva voted 38-3 to condemn Syria in a resolution that refers to “widespread and systematic violations of human rights”. China, Cuba and Russia voted against the motion, continuing to argue that intervening in Syria’s affairs will worsen the situation. The […]

UN experts in Geneva say Israel’s blockade of Gaza is not legal

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A panel of five independent UN rights experts reporting to the Human Rights Council unanimously rejected the conclusion of the Palmer Report that says Israel’s blockade of Gaza is legal. On a statement produced by the UN in Geneva on 13 September, the panel says it rejected the Palmer Report findings because […]

US praises Human Rights Council resolution calling for Syrian abuses to end

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Ambassador to the UN Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe was quick to praise a resolution condemning Syria, taken by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council Tuesday 23 August. The council also agreed to set up a commission of inquiry to further investigate the human rights situation in Syria. The vote was 33 in […]

Homosexual marriages ok’d in New York

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Homosexual marriages were made legal in New York Friday 24 June, sparking citywide celebrations. The move comes just days after the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva approved a South African resolution covering homosexual rights that was strongly supported by the US. US Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said in Geneva 17 […]

US Mission in Geneva hosting webcast on human rights and Internet

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The US Mission in Geneva is host Thursday, from 13:00-15:00, to an interactive webcast from the UN Palais on “The Human Voice of Freedom: The Internet and Human Rights”. The session is part of the current session of the Human Rights Council. The US Mission description for the session: “The webcast will […]

Clinton to join Human Rights Council meeting on Libya

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – US President Barack Obama is sending Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, to a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday 28 February, to study options for dealing with Libya’s violent response to protesters. Libya is a member of the council, and others on the council have called […]

US to seek seat on UN Human Rights Council


Geneva, Switzerland and New York, USA (GenevaLunch) – The US announced 1 April that it intends to seek a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council “with the goal of working to make it a more effective body to promote and protect human rights.”