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Mostafaei spoke to The Daily Beast from Geneva, where he is scheduled participate on a panel of  dissidents and other experts to document Iran’s systematic abuses of human rights, organized by UN Watch, a group devoted to exposing the hypocrisy of the United Nations’ own human-rights body.
— The Daily Beast, October 29, 2014.

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Schabas has faced the harshest criticism from Hillel Neuer, the head of the Geneva-based advocacy group UN Watch, who asked that the professor step down from the position. “Under international law, William Schabas is obliged to recuse himself because his repeated calls to indict Israeli leaders obviously gives rise to actual bias or the appearance thereof,” Neuer said in a statement.
— The Daily Beast, August 8, 2014.

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U.N. Watch has appealed to the president of the Human Rights Council, Baudelaire Ndong Ella, to remove the Chinese association’s credentials as a nongovernmental organization and to file a formal complaint about the man’s behavior with the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. New York Times, March 24, 2014.

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Here’s how U.N. Watch, a nongovernmental organization based in Geneva that monitors the United Nations, described that clash: "China today interrupted testimony at the United Nations Human Rights Council by the daughter one of its most well-known political prisoners, prompting a high-profile international clash in the plenary, as the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Hungary, Switzerland and the Czech Republic squared off against China, Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela on whether she could be allowed to continue her remarks." New York Times, March 20, 2014.

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UN Watch condemned the arrests and called on UN officials to address the Castro regime’s repression of opposition activists. “We call on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to strongly condemn Cuba’s repression of a human rights activist who is planning to participate in a UN-related event,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.
Washington Free Beacon, Feb. 5, 2014.

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At the conference titled 'Vietnam’s responsibility as a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations' on February 4, the deputy director of UN Watch even called on UN member states to "declare Vietnam expelled from the Human Rights Council." This workshop is organized by a number of human rights activists, including PEN International, UN Watch and the Vietnam Reform Party. Mr. Leon Saltiel said only those countries which respect human rights at the highest level deserve a seat at the new Human Rights Council and Vietnam continues to violate many rights including freedom of speech and freedom of association.
 
 BBC Vietnamese Service
, Feb. 5, 2014.

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"We are alarmed at the Hanoi government's attempts to silence Pham Chi Dung," Hillel Neuer, head of Geneva-based rights group UN Watch, said in a statement. UN Watch and Vietnamese pro-democracy group Viet Tan had invited Pham, who publicly quit the Communist Party last December, to speak at a side event on Tuesday focused on Vietnam's responsibilities as a new member of the Human Rights Council.. Agence France Presse, Feb. 3, 2014.

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Wall Street Journal Live interviews UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer on the U.N. cultural agency’s decision to postpone an exhibit on the history of Jews in Israel
Jan 27, 2014.

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In the aftermath of his comments, UN Watch, a non-governmental Geneva based group that monitors UN activity, has called for Falk’s removal in letters that it wrote both UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon and US ambassador to the UN in New York Samantha Powers. [...] UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer said that Falk’s comments were “outrageous” and a “warrant for terrorism” against Israel.  Jerusalem Post, Dec. 19, 2013.

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Looking for a job at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva? You might have to prove you support the Palestinians first, according to watchdog organization UN Watch. On Tuesday, UN Watch unveiled a written exam question it obtained from the OHCHR that the watchdog group says was administered to job applicants two years ago.   Jerusalem Post, Dec. 11, 2013.

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UN Watch, a non-governmental organization monitoring the UN, criticised the move calling it a 'backroom deal of the most cynical kind,' because opened a path for countries notorious for human rights violations, namely China, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia, to be elected unopposed to serve on the human rights council. 'It is appalling that seats on the world's top human rights body are being traded like merchandise, treated as trinkets by non-democracies,' said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Dec. 7, 2013.

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For good reason, the video, posted by UN Watch before it could possibly be redacted, has turned viral. It is rare for ordinary people to speak truth to power, however accidentally, and rarer still to have it captured on film for the world to see. On that day alone, the UN passed nine, repeat nine, resolutions condemning Israel -- and zero on the rest of the world.  — The Commentator, November 26, 2013.
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"China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia systematically violate the human rights of their own citizens," said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, "and they consistently vote the wrong way on U.N. initiatives to protect the human rights of others. For the U.N. to elect Saudi Arabia as a world judge on human rights would be like a town making a pyromaniac into chief of the fire department."Associated Press, November 11, 2013.

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Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights organization, said: “It is appalling that seats on the world’s top human rights body are being traded like merchandise, treated as trinkets by non-democracies.”. — The Washington Times, Nov. 8, 2013.

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"Nobody is a prophet in his own country, but if you've never heard of the lawyer Hillel Neuer, well, messieurs Putin, Castro, Assad and other serial abusers of human rights do know him. And they fear him."
 — Le Journal de Montréal, "The Montrealer Who Makes the UN Tremble," November 6, 2013.

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“China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia systematically violate the human rights of their own citizens,” said Neuer, “and they consistently vote the wrong way on UN initiatives to protect the human rights of others.” — Radio Free Asia blog, "Free for All," November 5, 2013.

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On November 12, the U.N. General Assembly, operating via back-room deals and political vote-trading, is almost certain to return China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia to the 47-nation Human Rights Council, even though these regimes systematically violate virtually every article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  UN Watch Op-Ed, CNN, October 31, 2013

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"All countries need to open themselves to scrutiny, and sunlight is always the best disinfectant when applied with impartiality, equality and universality," Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said in a statement. "Now is the time for the Council to show good faith on its part by heeding the calls of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and his predecessor Kofi Annan, to both remove the selective agenda item on Israel -- the only provision of its kind focusing on a specific country -- and to end the exclusion of Israel from any of the Council's five regional groups.” — Fox News, October 28, 2013.

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U.N. Watch, a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, said in response to Israel’s decision late Sunday that the council should now “show good faith” by removing the Israel agenda item and ending its regional group exclusion. 
It noted that both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his predecessor, Kofi Annan, had in the past questioned the HRC’s treatment of Israel.
 — CNS News, October 28, 2013.

 

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"As the U.N. Human Rights Council scrutinized Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, only a small minority of democracies raised concerns over the kingdom's oppressive human rights record. 
Out of the 102 countries that took the floor in Geneva, more than 80 of them praised Saudi Arabia, UN Watch reported. Canada, U.K. and the Czech Republic were among those who raised concerns. 
The watchdog website said that anti-democratic regimes often engage in quid pro quo agreements. For instance, if China praises Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, the kingdom will return the favor when China is reviewed on Thursday." 
-- The Washington Times, October 24, 2013.

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