UN Watch Appoints New Executive Director

UN Watch Appoints New Executive Director

March 26, 2004 -  New York – Hillel C. Neuer has been appointed executive director of United Nations Watch, the Geneva-based affiliate of the American Jewish Committee.

“Hillel brings a rich background in law, writing and international affairs, and a demonstrable passion for the causes of human dignity, freedom and equality," said Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, chair of UN Watch and honorary AJC president. "UN Watch’s efforts to promote balanced, fair, and non-discriminatory application of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and to encourage respect for human rights universally, will benefit significantly from his contributions."

Neuer was a litigation attorney at the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Originally from Montreal, he holds three diplomas in law and one in government and intellectual history. Neuer has published extensively on human rights law, politics and international affairs.

"Hillel Neuer comes to UN Watch at a critical time - and with impressive academic and professional credentials - to steer the organization with renewed vigor as it seeks to keep the UN true to the promises to safeguard and advance the noble aims of the Charter," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris, who serves as co-chair of UN Watch together with Per Ahlmark of Sweden.

UN Watch is an accredited NGO to the UN. The watchdog group was established in 1993 by the late Ambassador Morris B. Abram, the former US Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva.

"My goal is to uphold the noble values upon which the UN was founded," Neuer said. After a year when the representative of Libya presided as chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, "there is a heightened sense of the need to protect human rights principles from politicization at the UN," he added. "From its inception, UN Watch has been in the forefront of this struggle, and I am honored to accept the challenge to build on this legacy."

 

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