WJC at UNHRC49: Human Rights Violations by Iran
GENEVA - Representatives of the World Jewish Congress took the floor of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva during its 49th session to advocate for the rights of Jewish communities across the world; raise awareness of the dangers of antisemitism, racism and human rights abuses globally; and defend Israel from a report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur that falsely accuses Israel of practicing apartheid. The WJC delivered eleven statements, two of which were delivered by members of the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps, and held several diplomatic meetings with the ambassadors of the Human Rights Council’s member states.
As it has done for the last few years WJC has been providing an opportunity to its affiliated Jewish communities around the world to take the floor at the Human Rights Council during the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) reports of their respective countries in order to propose concrete measures on how to further enhance efforts to combat antisemitism.
The UPR is a HRC process in which the human rights record of every UN member state is reviewed regularly. At this session, the presidents of the Jewish communities of Greece, Hungary and Ireland delivered statements outlining human rights conditions in their countries and the Jewish community’s relationship with the government.