Groups Release Draft BHR Reporting Framework

January 21, 2015

The nongovernmental organization Shift and the consulting group Mazars have published a draft "reporting framework" to press businesses around the world to report on their progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR").

ECJ Attorney Finds EU Monetary Program Lawful

January 14, 2015

Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU Pedro Cruz Villalon has found, in a nonbinding opinion, that a program under which the European Central Bank buys eurozone government debt is lawful so long as it abides by safeguards intended to prevent direct state aid to EU member states.

Fund: Groups Use UNHRC as "Political Weapon"

January 07, 2015

John Fund writes that the attempt of nongovernmental organizations to use the UN Human Rights Council ("UNHRC") to criticize the government of Sri Lanka demonstrates how groups around the world have politicized the concept of human rights in order to attack their opponents.

Bolton and Yoo: Obama Subverts Congress's Treaty Power

December 31, 2014

John Bolton and John Yoo write that attempts by President Barack Obama to circumvent the U.S. Congress's assent to international agreements that should be subject to congressional review result in the erosion of U.S. sovereignty.

 

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  • UN Chief Pushes Human Rights Link to Development

    January 23, 2015

    As part of the UN's pressure for recognition of nontraditional economic, social, and cultural rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for countries to seek to advance such rights, such as a social security "safety net," in pursuing development strategies around the world.

     
  • ICC Prosecutor Examines Israeli Conduct in Gaza Conflict

    January 21, 2015

    International Criminal Court ("ICC") Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that she has opened a "preliminary examination" of the recent Gaza conflict to determine whether to open a full investigation of potential war crimes committed by Israel and other actors in the territory.

     
  • WHO Calls for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases

    January 21, 2015

    In a new report, the UN's World Health Organization ("WHO") has called for countries around the world to implement policies to combat noncommunicable diseases, including policies countering tobacco use, alcohol intake, and physical inactivity.

     
 
  • NGO Manual Seeks BHR "Grievance Mechanisms"

    January 21, 2015

    In a new manual, the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") IPIECA calls for oil and gas companies to adopt "community grievance mechanisms" in order to respond to social and environmental impacts in their operations, in line with the international agenda on business and human rights ("BHR").

     
  • UN Pushes Standards for "Internet Intermediaries"

    January 21, 2015

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") has published a report calling for internet intermediaries, such as service providers, search engines, and social networks, to respect international standards for online freedom of expression.

     
  • Swiss NGO Seeks Mandatory BHR Due Diligence

    January 21, 2015

    The nongovernmental organization ("NGO") the Swiss Coalition of Corporate Justice has announced that it will launch a popular initiative in Switzerland requiring Swiss companies to perform due diligence to implement international standards on business and human rights ("BHR") and the environment.

     
 
  • EU Considers Surveillance Tools to Fight Terrorism

    January 21, 2015

    The Washington Post reports that the EU is considering introducing new provisions standardizing the sharing of intelligence among countries in the bloc, including a passenger name record database that would permit countries to track information about travelers across Europe.

     
  • Evans-Pritchard: ECJ Declares "Legal Supremacy" over States

    January 21, 2015

    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes that the recent finding by an EU Court of Justice ("ECJ") Advocate General that the European Central Bank's bond-buying program is lawful, with limits, constitutes "a vaulting assertion of EU primacy" to which member states did not agree in EU treaties.

     
  • Observers Warn of "Crisis" in ECJ Bond-Buying Decision

    January 21, 2015

    The Irish Times reports that some German observers predict a "constitutional crisis" in Germany that could result in the country leaving the euro if the Court of Justice of the EU upholds its Advocate General's opinion that the European Central Bank's bond-buying program, with limitations, is lawful.

     
 
  • OIC Supports Global Blasphemy Protections for Islam

    January 21, 2015

    Despite condemning the recent violence against Charlie Hebdo, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") has not altered its policy priority of lobbying for global blasphemy laws that would criminalize any criticism against Islam.

     
  • Muslim Leaders Called to Denounce Islamism as Totalitarian Deviation from Islam

    January 21, 2015

    Some Muslim public intellectuals are calling on Muslim leaders to explicitly condemn Islamism as a totalitarian deviation from Islam's teachings and to reject combating Islamophobia as a justification for keeping silent about violent extremist Islamism.

     
  • Islamic State Takes Japanese Hostages in Mideast

    January 21, 2015

    The Islamic State ("IS") is demanding a $200 million ransom, a boost to the Islamist extremist group's coffers, in order not to behead two Japanese hostages taken as revenge for Japan's participation in the international coalition against the IS jihadi campaign in Syria and Iraq.