Watch: Are These the 10 Most Memorable UN Moments of 2014?

UN Watch reveals 'top 10' clips from some of the most memorable, and outrageous, moments at the UN Human Rights Council.

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Guardian of human rights? Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah
Guardian of human rights? Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah
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As 2014 draws to a close, Geneva-based human rights NGO UN Watch has released a revealing list of its 10 "top videos", highlighting some of the most memorable and outrageous moments of the year at the United Nations.

The group, whose stated mission is "to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter," based the video rankings on the number of views they received on YouTube.

Below are a few highlights.

Number 10: For some, Saudi Arabia is a country synonymous with human rights abuses and a primary source of funding for extremist Islamist groups. In particular, the gulf state has an appalling record on quashing political dissent, persecuting religious minorities, and enforcing a regime of gender apartheid which includes a blanket ban on women drivers.

Not so for the UN Human Rights Council, where a report in March this year lauded Saudi Arabia for its "protection and promotion of human rights."

Enter UN Watch:

Number 7: In September of this year UN Watch's Director Hillel Neuer sharply and eloquently objected to a report whitewashing the human rights record of yet another serial human rights abuser and international sponsor of terrorism, Qatar.

Can you hear his speech below? Apparently, for some reason those present at the session could not...

In at Number 5 is the remarkable speech to the UN by Israeli Greek Orthodox Priest Father Gabriel Nadaf, in which he praised Israel as "the only place where Christians in the Middle East are safe."

Speaking immediately after a panel discussion on the "Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories," Nadaf took the council to task for its singling out of the Jewish state for criticism.

"It is time the world woke up to the fact that those who want to destroy the Jewish State are signing the death warrant on the last free Christians in the Holy Land."

"Leaders of people, seekers of peace, end your witch hunt of the only free country in the region," said Nadaf, throwing the gauntlet at the feet of the UNHRC.

Number 3 is a hard-hitting video from back in March of 2014, when UN Watch launched a campaign to boot dictatorships from the UN Human Rights Council.

Calling to "stop the absurdity," the campaign kicked off after China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia were accepted into the council at the start of the year.

In first place with over 170,000 views was Hillel Neuer's impassioned defense of Israel, as it came under assault not only from Hamas rockets from Gaza, but from a torrent of one-sided criticism at the UN.

Neuer was heckled by various representatives during his speech, including a surreal moment which saw Syria's delegate interrupt an attempt to highlight the thousands of Palestinians starved to death by the Assad regime - during a session which supposedly centered on Palestinian rights.

The full list of videos can be viewed here.

What do you think? Are there any other videos you think should have been included?