Most of 108 weekend deaths in Syria were executions says UN

UN says 49 were children and 34 women, “summarily executed” in 3 incidents GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The sordid details of 108 deaths in the El Houleh (or Houla) area of Homs, Syria,  Friday and Saturday 26-27 May are becoming clearing, says the Geneva office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It now appears […]

Landmines, Internet freedom, Syria keep Geneva busy this week (correction)

(Land mine information corrected) GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s international profile was particularly high during the past week. The Human Rights Council condemned Syria but also highlighted growing concerns over Sri Lanka, the World Trade Organization picked up the Acta Internet freedom debate, Cern announced it will be using cloud computing to help handle massive LHC […]

Int’l Geneva closes busy week: Syria debate, domestic workers, new building


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “International Geneva”, as the city likes to profile itself when talking about the UN and other international organizations, has had a more than usually busy week. Highlights: Wednesday 15 June: The UN Human Rights Commission looked at allegations of human rights abuses in Cote d’Ivoire and the current situation there, with a […]

US takes Syria to the UNHRC, 5 European nations call in ambassadors

Escalating violence by Syrian government against its citizens drawing sharp rebukes (video) Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The United States Wednesday 27 April in Geneva initiated a special session of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Syria. France announced that it has called in the Syrian ambassador for an explanation of his government’s attacks on its […]

Human Rights Commission to investigate Iran abuses


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The UN Human Rights Commission took a step in a new direction late Thursday when the Geneva-based body agreed to establish a special rapporteur for Iran. This is the first single-country investigation into human rights abuses since the organization was set up in 2006, although Iran has come under review in […]

Clinton, Lavrov reportedly meeting in Geneva


Libyan crisis brings foreign minister to UNHRC meeting Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are both attending the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva starting Monday and a plenary session of the Conference of Disarmament. Russian media reported Sunday that the […]