SCMP: What to do when the UN human rights office may have violated human rights?
Wed December, 2020, Age: 2 years
A staffer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) lodged a complaint more than seven years ago about what she viewed as the office’s inappropriate practice of secretly providing names to China of individuals attending UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, which could have exposed them to harassment and intimidation.
In an emailed response to the South China Morning Post on November 23, Human Rights Office spokesman Rupert Colville said the practice of revealing names of participants at its sessions to governments had ceased in 2015. The Human Rights Office “unequivocally rejects” Reilly’s claims of improper action, Colville said. He declined to say whether China was the only country that received advance confirmation of the attendance of activists, as Reilly alleged.