UN watchdog accuses top human rights official of ‘harassment, censorship and discrimination’

According to some, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), worked to restrict a watchdog group’s access to officials andPress conferences regarding orders from it top official due to the group’s staunch criticism on a range of topics. 

“[Eric]Tistounet has given orders to censor UN”Watch since at least 2005,” Emma Reilly (an ex-UNHRC officer) andFox News Digital: whistleblower 

“He moves them up or down from lists ofPresidents are told by speakers ofTo protect himself, the council may interrupt or cut their speeches. andHis policies are free from criticism andHillel is openly insulted [Neuer]His entire staff.”

UNThen, watch the watchdogGroup andNGO filed a New York legal complaint Oct. 7, based on internal emails leaked by the UNHRC. These emails indicate that Tistounet (a French national who played an important role in the establishment of the council), held a bias andWorked to downplay andLimit UN Watch. 

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Eric Tistounet, the United Nations chief of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, during the 48th session of the Human Rights Council. 

Eric Tistounet, chief United Nations official ofThe Office ofThe 48th session was attended by the High Commissioner of Human Rights. ofThe Human Rights Council. 
(UN Photo / Jean Marc Ferré)

This organization has been a particular harsh critic ofThe HRC criticized the council’s dysfunctionalities and double standards towards Israel. and China andThe group claimed “dominance through dictatorships”. Neuer is the group’s executive director.

Fox News Digital was told by the U.N. Human Rights Office, that “all speaking opportunities” at the UN were available. [HRC] are generated automatically, through a system which assigns speaking slots on a first-come-first-served basis, based on the priority requested by the NGO andIts time of registration.

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“With these modalities, organizations ‘UN Watch,’Together with ‘Ingénieurs du Monde,’An NGO represented by an Executive Director of UNWatch Mr. HillelNeuer were able, for example, to deliver 26 statements during their 49th session and 17 statements during their 48th session. and17 statements were made during the 46th session ofThe Human Rights Council

Eric Tistounet, chief of the United Nations Human Rights Council, sits beside Emma Reilly Sept. 21, 2012. 

Eric Tistounet is chief ofEmma Reilly is seated next to the United Nations Human Rights Council Sept. 21, 2012. 
(United Nations)

The HRO stated that this was the case during the 50th (most recent), session ofThe HRC stated that there were “no general discussions.” andThe number is, therefore, ofThere were fewer opportunities for non-governmental organizations to address the council.” 

However, Reilly disputed HRO’s version. of events, instead claiming that Tistounet’s disdain for UNAt the council, Watch was not a secret.

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“I don’t know” of a single rule of [non-governmental organization]Engagement that Tistounet applied to UN”Watch,” Reilly said. “And because he knew he was capable of doing this with absolute impunity as usual, much ofIt is written. I used to get text messages from him even when he was on the podium. ofThe Human Rights Council UN Watch were coming up.

“All of my predecessors and”NGO liaisons simply followed his instructions,” she said. “I was the only one who tried to apply the rules objectively. I am the one who developed the computer algorithm for the 50th session. UNWatch was removed from the list ofSpeakers for Commission of”Inquiry about Occupied Palestinian Territories”

Watchdog group U.N. Watch founder Hillel Neuer speaks about Iran before the Human Rights Council. 

Hillel Neuer (Watchdog group U.N. Watch) speaks about Iran in front of the Human Rights Council. 
(United Nations)

Trump’s withdrawal from UNHRC andThe council was charged ofProtecting human rightsAbusers can be allowed to serve on the council andIt is possible to show bias when making decisions. Biden’s administration made a point. ofRejoining the council as soon and winning a place in 2021. 

UNWatch, a Geneva-based company, is targeting the UNHRC over allegedly giving away the names of dissidents from China to the People’s Republic prior to speaking at the U.N.

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Tistounet allegedly also told employees to work in internet cafes so that they could anonymously post negative material against Neuer. He added, “It would have been nice if someone (obviously outside the country)” UN, and as was suggested recently from an internet café for instance) could place it discreetly next to his videos concerning the council.”

UNWatch also complained to U.N. SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres. His office didn’t respond to a Fox News Digital inquiry at the appropriate time of publication. 

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