Louis Charbonneau, Human Rights Watch

Louis Charbonneau

Human Rights Watch

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Louis:

China and Russia Fail to Defund UN Human Rights Work

United Nations member states agreed to fully fund UN human rights mechanisms that China, Russia, and their allies had sought to defund in the 2023 budget. This should set a precedent for UN human rights funding in the future. → Read More

UN Members Try Defunding Budgets for Human Rights Work

United Nations member countries need to overhaul the budgetary approval process for UN human rights work, which unnecessarily exposes UN human rights mechanisms to attempts by hostile governments to curtail their resources or defund them. → Read More

UN Member Countries Should Accredit Blocked Human Rights Groups

United Nations member countries in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) should vote to accredit nine human rights and other civil society organizations whose UN applications have been stuck in limbo due to several countries including China, Russia, and India obstructing the accreditation process. → Read More

Record Number of States Condemn China’s Persecution of Uyghurs

Fifty United Nations member countries today issued a joint statement that condemned the Chinese government’s persecution of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. It was the largest group of states to publicly denounce Beijing’s human rights violations in Xinjiang, which the UN’s human rights office determined may amount to crimes against humanity. → Read More

UN Member States Should Accredit Blocked Human Rights Groups

United Nations member countries in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) should vote next week to grant UN accreditation to six human rights organizations whose applications have been unfairly blocked for years by Russia, China, and other abusive governments. → Read More

UN Chief Should Name Bold Rights Advocate to Succeed Bachelet

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will soon make one of the most important decisions of his tenure: naming a new high commissioner for human rights. He should nominate someone who has the courage to publicly criticize the human rights records of China, the United States, and other powerful governments. → Read More

Ensure Funding for UN Investigation in Ethiopia

United Nations member countries should resist the Ethiopian government’s efforts at the UN General Assembly’s budget committee to deny funding for a new UN commission, which was created to investigate possible war crimes and other violations in northern Ethiopia. → Read More

Senior UN Official Pushes Accountability for Ethiopia Atrocities

The United Nations deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed, sent a strong message to warring parties in northern Ethiopia at a news conference last week: a lasting peace can only be achieved with justice and accountability for the atrocities that have been committed in Tigray and nearby regions. → Read More

UN Security Council Should Act on Myanmar Atrocities

United Nations Security Council member countries should abandon their timid approach to the Myanmar military’s mounting atrocities and replace mealymouthed statements with tough action. → Read More

UN Members Should Stand Strong on Human Rights Funding

United Nations member countries currently haggling over the organization’s 2022 budget should stand firm against Russia and China-led efforts to slash funding for UN human rights work. → Read More

UN Should Create New Yemen War-Crimes Investigation

Since 2015, the conflict between the Saudi and UAE-led coalition and the Houthi armed group has resulted in abuses and laws of war violations that have killed and injured thousands of civilians, and sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. → Read More

Global Condemnation of Chinese Government Abuses in Xinjiang

The unprecedented cross-regional coalition endorsing the statement is further proof that countries are ignoring Beijing’s threats of retaliation against those that publicly raise concerns about Chinese government violations. → Read More

UN Security Council Should Impose Myanmar Arms Embargo

Since the coup, security forces in Myanmar have killed nearly 900 people, including dozens of children, and detained more than 6,000 people. Human Rights Watch and more than 200 other organizations have called on the Security Council to impose a global arms embargo on Myanmar. → Read More

How the UN Can Help End Israeli Apartheid and Persecution

The plan is to replace these Arab Palestinian residents with Israeli Jews. Such evictions are all too familiar — they’re part of the discriminatory oppression that the Israeli government imposes throughout the Occupied Territories. → Read More

UN Elections Shouldn’t Disparage Human Rights

UN delegations shouldn’t be giving credibility to abusive states by rewarding them with human rights posts. → Read More

Suspend Syria’s Rights Under Chemical Weapons Convention

This week, states that are parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) will consider a proposal for Syria’s suspension due to its non-compliance with treaty at a conference in The Hague. → Read More

UN Chief Should Support Remote Investigation in Xinjiang

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is hoping the Chinese government will grant UN experts unrestricted access to detention centers in Xinjiang. But he should make clear to Beijing that an investigation can take place with or without access. → Read More

Time to Call China’s Bluff on Myanmar at UN

For years, members of the United Nations Security Council have offered multiple excuses for not even trying to impose targeted sanctions on the Myanmar military. → Read More

Next UN Chief Should Fully Commit to Human Rights

This year, United Nations member countries will decide who will be the organization’s next secretary-general when Antonio Guterres’ term ends on December 31. Whoever it is should fully commit to improving the world body’s performance on upholding human rights. → Read More

UN Should Speak Out on Security Service Abuses in South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council should signal clearly when it meets today that it will maintain an arms embargo on South Sudan as well as individual travel bans and asset freezes on government officials as long as widespread abuses continue. → Read More