Report Explores Best Path for Brexit

August 24, 2016

A report published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute outlines how the UK can best promote economic prosperity as it negotiates its departure from the EU, including by establishing a unique trading relationship with the bloc and forming a commission to jettison EU regulations that threaten economic freedom.

UN Concedes Involvement in Haiti Cholera Outbreak

August 24, 2016

George Russell reports that, under pressure from a class action lawsuit and a critical draft report from a human rights mandate holder, the UN Secretary-General's office has communicated its plans to "do much more" to remedy the UN's involvement in a cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by the organization's peacekeepers in 2010.

Report Warns of Islamist Recruitment in Mosques, Refugee Facilities

August 24, 2016

A new intelligence report by Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution identifies the national security risks associated with challenges in monitoring the systematic recruitment efforts by the Islamic State and other Islamist groups inside Germany's mosques and refugee centers.

UN Agents: Sports Organizers Must Restrict Food Ads

August 24, 2016

The UN Special Rapporteurs on the right to food and the right to health have released a statement calling on organizers of major sporting events, including the International Olympic Committee, to ban advertisements of "unhealthy foods" during their events.


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  • UN Agent Pinpoints Worldwide Age of Criminal Responsibility

    August 26, 2016

    UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez has called on Brazilian legislators to reject a constitutional amendment that would lower the age at which the state would consider people fully responsible for committing "heinous crimes" from 18 to 16, arguing that prosecuting 16-year-olds as adults would violate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Editorial Pushes More Global Aid on Climate Change

    August 26, 2016

    An editorial in The New York Times calls on rich countries to ramp up their funding promises from a 2009 UN climate summit in Copenhagen to build infrastructure in poor countries to help them resist and adapt to the ongoing impacts of global warming.

  • UN Deal Spurs City Climate Reporting

    August 26, 2016

    Reuters reports that the number of cities around the world participating in a climate change data reporting initiative run by environmental group CDP has spiked since the conclusion of a UN deal on greenhouse gas emissions in Paris late last year.

  • NGO Calls for Preemptive Corporate Tax Reporting

    August 26, 2016

    Michael Solomon of the nongovernmental business transparency organization Responsible 100 writes that the solution for businesses facing activist complaints regarding their tax payments is to publicly disclose how "responsible" they are on taxes and to persuade the activists that they are paying their fair share.

  • NGOs Pressure Development Banks on Tax

    August 26, 2016

    Matti Kohonen of Christain Aid reflects on how pressure from nongovernmental organizations has been partially successful in influencing World Bank and International Monetary Fund decisions to call for clampdowns on corporate tax avoidance but calls for more actions from these development banks on ensuring that businesses pay to reduce inequality.

  • Kenya Rights Commission Scrutinizes Mining Sector

    August 26, 2016

    The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has launched a probe of companies in the country's mining sector to investigate allegations that these businesses violate land, labor, and environmental rights of various stakeholders.

  • EU Chief Criticizes Borders, "Nationalism"

    August 26, 2016

    The Daily Mail reports that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has stirred controversy with recent remarks identifying borders as the "worst invention ever made by politicians" and calling for a fight against "nationalism" in the EU.

  • Northern Ireland Legislators Sue to Void Brexit Vote

    August 26, 2016

    CNN reports that, as part of a slew of legal complaints seeking to void the British vote to leave the EU or require a parliamentary vote to accomplish Brexit, members of the Northern Ireland Assembly have launched a lawsuit claiming that Brexit would violate the terms of the 1998 agreement to secure peace in Northern Ireland.

  • EU Releases "Rule of Law Opinion" on Poland

    August 26, 2016

    In spite of a provision in its "Framework to Strengthen the Rule of Law" requiring the confidentiality of "Rule of Law Opinions," the European Commission has released to the public its Rule of Law Opinion on the conflict between the Polish Government and Constitutional Tribunal in response to a freedom of information petition from a UK law professor.

  • US Official Warns of Widespread Blasphemy Laws

    August 26, 2016

    David Saperstein, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the US State Department, writes of threats to religious freedom and freedom of speech in countries with laws that criminalize forms of "blasphemy" and "defamation of religion," including recent persecution of Christians and Muslims in Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, and other Muslim-majority states.

  • Mississippi IS Recruit Receives Eight-Year Sentence

    August 26, 2016

    In yet another case of jihadi recruitment from the US, a court in Mississippi sentenced a man to eight years in prison on charges of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist group after confessing that he planned to travel with his wife via Turkey to Syria to join the Islamic State.

  • IS Aims to Replace Failed State in Libya

    August 25, 2016

    The US-led campaign against Islamic State strongholds in North Africa has degraded the jihadi group's strategy of systematically replacing the full range of state services, from traffic control to public order, absent since the collapse of the state in Libya.