UK Triggers Article 50 to Begin EU Exit

March 29, 2017

The UK initiated the process of leaving the EU through a letter delivered by British Permanent Representative to the EU Sir Tim Barrow notifying President of the European Council Donald Tusk of the country’s intention to leave the bloc within two years and to restore the country's "national self-determination."

UNESCO Guides Media on How to Cover Terror Attacks

March 29, 2017

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a "step-by-step guide" for journalists around the world on how to avoid engaging in "sensationalism and fear-mongering" and how to steer clear of "incendiary speech" when reporting on terrorist attacks.

Governments, NGOs Draft BHR Policy for Africa

March 29, 2017

A recent consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, of representatives from African governments, the African Union (AU), businesses, academia, and global nongovernmental organizations has led to the drafting of an AU Policy on Business and Human Rights (BHR) that will seek to implement the BHR and environmental agendas across the continent.

UN Rights Adviser Predicts Downfall of Trump

March 29, 2017

In a recent interview, member of the Advisory Committee to the UN Human Rights Council Jean Ziegler asserted that US President Donald Trump will not serve a full term in office, due either to "psychiatric problems" or a "moral insurrection" of the American people that will place too much pressure on the Administration to continue to govern.

 

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  • UN Rights Adviser Predicts Downfall of Trump

    March 29, 2017

    In a recent interview, member of the Advisory Committee to the UN Human Rights Council Jean Ziegler asserted that US President Donald Trump will not serve a full term in office, due either to "psychiatric problems" or a "moral insurrection" of the American people that will place too much pressure on the Administration to continue to govern.

     
  • US Pressures UN Commission on "Sexual Rights"

    March 29, 2017

    The Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam) reports that, under pressure from the US delegation, the UN Commission on the Status of Women removed references within its "Agreed Conclusions" to a right to abortion and qualified all appearances of the term "sexual and reproductive health" to make clear it does not refer to abortion practices.

     
  • UN Women's Commission Asserts Need for "Empowerment"

    March 29, 2017

    The "Agreed Conclusions" of a recent meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women call on governments to enforce a wide array of rights, including to social protection and "equal pay," intended to promote the broad principle of "women’s empowerment" and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

     
 
  • Governments, NGOs Draft BHR Policy for Africa

    March 29, 2017

    A recent consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, of representatives from African governments, the African Union (AU), businesses, academia, and global nongovernmental organizations has led to the drafting of an AU Policy on Business and Human Rights (BHR) that will seek to implement the BHR and environmental agendas across the continent.

     
  • UN Group Pushes G20 to Act on BHR in Supply Chains

    March 29, 2017

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR) published an open letter calling on Group of 20 (G20) leaders to address human rights impacts of companies and state-owned enterprises in their complex global supply chains in line with the UN Guiding Principles on BHR and the "sustainable development" agenda.

     
  • BlackRock Supports Climate Risk Disclosure

    March 28, 2017

    Reuters reports that asset manager BlackRock, facing pressure from environmental and human rights NGOs for not backing activist shareholder resolutions, has taken up the agenda of the Group of 20's (G20) Financial Stability Board by including among its top "engagement priorities" in 2017 disclosure of climate change risks and boardroom diversity.

     
 
  • UK Triggers Article 50 to Begin EU Exit

    March 29, 2017

    The UK initiated the process of leaving the EU through a letter delivered by British Permanent Representative to the EU Sir Tim Barrow notifying President of the European Council Donald Tusk of the country’s intention to leave the bloc within two years and to restore the country's "national self-determination."

     
  • CoE Body Issues Standards on Migrant Detention

    March 28, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has issued a "factsheet" of Europe-wide standards on acceptable practices in detaining "irregular migrants," stating that the automatic detention of migrants who have broken a country's immigration law violates European human rights provisions.

     
  • UK Signals Denial of EU Debt Obligations

    March 28, 2017

    Politico reports that UK Brexit minister David Jones has indicated the British Government will likely use as a "starting point" for its Brexit negotiations over budget obligations the EU claims the country owes to the bloc a House of Lords report disputing the responsibility of the UK for these liabilities.

     
 
  • UNESCO Guides Media on How to Cover Terror Attacks

    March 29, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a "step-by-step guide" for journalists around the world on how to avoid engaging in "sensationalism and fear-mongering" and how to steer clear of "incendiary speech" when reporting on terrorist attacks.

     
  • Islamic Groups Push Back on US Anti-Sharia Measures

    March 29, 2017

    Islamic organizations in the US are intensifying opposition to proposed bills in US state legislatures to ban the application of any foreign law that contradicts US state and federal constitutions, arguing that banning sharia because of its severe limitations on gender and family rights is "a stupid solution to a non-existent problem."

     
  • OSCE Develops Educational Resources on "Tolerance"

    March 29, 2017

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) hosted meetings this week to develop a curriculum for teachers to counter "the devastating effects of prejudice, hatred and discrimination" against Muslims and to promote “international human rights and non-discrimination standards” among children.