Human rights session opens in Geneva: Swiss review up

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

Session opens with commemoration of 20 years of expanded human rights agenda GENEVA, SWITZERLAND  – The month-long 22nd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council opens Monday 25 February; the heavily charged agenda includes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Switzerland, which is expected to be approved following debate. Also up for their […]

US lambasts UN representative Richard Falk; Falk says was unaware of anti-semitism

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Ambassador to the UN Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe used unusually strong words in a statement issued Friday 8 July to suggest that UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk should step down, saying that “his continued status as a UN mandate holder is a blight on the UN system”. The US and Falk have […]

UN’s Navi Pillay sends human rights team to Tunisia

(video) Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Wednesday said at a press briefing in Geneva that she is sending a team to Tunisia. “”Human rights abuses were at the heart of Tunisia’s problems. Therefore, human rights must be right at the forefront of the solutions to those problems,” she […]

Human rights investigations and their methodologies

Title: Human rights investigations and their methodologies Location: Geneva, Graduate Institute Link out: Click here Description: Lecture by Navanethem Pillay, UN high commissioner for human rights Start Time: 18:30 Date: 2010-02-24

Death penalties down in US, UN ban appeal


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has issued a call to abolish the death sentence, as a new US report shows that its use is decreasing there and that several states are considering ending its use. The 20th anniversary of the international death penalty treaty was marked by Pillay’s […]

Minaret vote may run foul of international treaties

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland risks being found non-compliant with its obligations under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, according to the UN Committee of Human Rights. The committee voiced concern about the political campaign to ban minarets 3 November, and said then that the anti-minaret ban initiative, if adopted, would conflict with […]

US takes up seat at UN Human Rights Council


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, addressed the UN Human Rights Council as US representative, and announced 14 September that the US was committed to ensuring the council’s operational independence. She pointed out that the US is already the council’s top donor, and that the US would […]

Nigerian leaders make Geneva plea over Boko Haram deaths

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The “extra-judiciary” deaths of at least two Islamist leaders in captivity during July 2009 fighting in northern Nigeria prompted top leaders from the country to visit Geneva 15-16 August to apologize to the United Nations and plea with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, reports African newspaper the Daily […]