GENEVA, June 10, 2016 — UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental human rights organization, today called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UN human rights high commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign affairs commissioner Federica Mogherini to endorse an appeal to all 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council to issue an amnesty to release their political prisoners on the occasion of the Council’s 10th anniversary, which is being celebrated in Geneva at a high level ceremony with the participation of all past presidents of the Council.
Council members this year include China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela, as well as Algeria, Burundi, Congo, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
UN Watch also called on UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and the past UNHRC presidents, who will all be participating in the Geneva celebrations on Monday, to endorse the appeal: ambassadors Joachim Rücker (Germany); Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon); Remigiusz Achilles Henczel (Poland); Laura Dupuy Lasserre (Uruguay); Sihasak Phuangketkeow (Thailand); Alex Van Meeuwen (Belgium); Martin I. Uhomoibhi (Nigeria); Doru Costea (Romania); and Luis Alfonso de Alba Góngora (Mexico).
Signatories include Ensaf Haidar, wife of Raif Badawi, a blogger and political prisoner in Saudi Arabia; Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Binzhang, a pro-democracy leader who has been a long-time political prisoner in China; and Dang Ngoc Minh, mother of Nguyen Dang Minh Man, journalist, democracy activist and political prisoner in Vietnam.
APPEAL FOR UNHRC MEMBERS TO AMNESTY POLITICAL PRISONERS
ON OCCASION OF 10th ANNIVERSARY OF UNHRC