Muller: Christian Democracy Is on Decline

July 18, 2014

Jan-Werner Muller has published an article arguing that secularization and disenchantment with the ideal of European integration have caused Christian Democratic parties to decline in favor of nationalist and populist parties.

OECD Calls for Wealth Redistribution

July 11, 2014

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") has published a report calling on countries to establish "effective redistributive policies" to restrict income inequality and promote future economic growth.

HRC Resolution Calls for BHR Treaty Working Group

July 11, 2014

The UN Human Rights Council ("HRC") has adopted a resolution calling for a new working group to develop a binding treaty on business and human rights ("BHR") issues.

Wikileaks Releases Global Finance Agreement Draft

July 14, 2014

Wikileaks has published language from a global agreement that would deregulate the financial services sector and promote cross-border flow of personal and other data, and whose text would remain secret five years after its adoption.

 

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  • UN Rights Committee Questions Ireland on Abortion Legislation

    July 18, 2014

    As part of the UN Human Rights Committee's periodic review of Ireland, members of the Committee questioned Ireland's Minister of Justice on Irish abortion restrictions and indicated that limitations on the right to abortion were prohibited under international human rights treaties.

     
  • Nestle Publishes "Action Plan" on Women in Its Supply Chain

    July 18, 2014

    Following pressure from nongovernmental organizations for companies to recognize a duty to protect workers in their supply chain, the multinational company Nestle has published an "action plan" to support the wellbeing of women who work in its cocoa supply chain.

     
  • AI Calls for UN Investigation of and Embargo on Israel

    July 18, 2014

    Amnesty International ("AI") has called for the UN to launch an international investigation of whether Israel is abiding by international law in its recent missile strikes on Gaza and to impose a weapons embargo on Israel and Palestinian groups.

     
 
  • BHR Supporters Express Skepticism over Treaty Process

    July 18, 2014

    Government and civil society supporters of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), including the developer of the Guiding Principles John Ruggie, have warned of increasing polarization following a Human Rights Council vote establishing a working group to develop a binding BHR treaty.

     
  • Article Calls for Expanded Mandate on "Sustainability Reporting"

    July 18, 2014

    Professors Adam Sulkowski and Sandra Waddock call for governments to broadly interpret current corporate reporting laws to require reporting on human rights, environmental impacts, and other issues and to provide more explicit standards mandating that companies report on "sustainability" in their operations.

     
  • Coke, Pepsi Adopt UN Guidelines on Land Rights

    July 14, 2014

    Following the decision of Coca-Cola to support the UN Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, which seek to pressure businesses to avoid violation of land ownership rights in developing countries, Pepsi has agreed to promote the Guidelines and carry out impact assessments in its supply chain. 

     
 
  • ECJ Ruling Causes U.K. to Seek New Data Retention Law

    July 18, 2014

    Responding to a ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ") invalidating an EU data detention directive that it held interferes with the right to privacy, the U.K. Government is now pushing for a new law that would permit companies to retain personal data for twelve months.

     
  • U.K. Justice Minister Calls ECJ Right to Be Forgotten "Unmanageable"

    July 18, 2014

    U.K. justice minister Simon Hughes has called it an "unmanageable task" to enforce a judgment by the Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ") permitting complainants to demand that internet companies such as Google take out some search results related to their personal information.

     
  • German Party Considers Reducing Court Powers over EU Issues

    July 14, 2014

    EUobserver reports that leaders in Germany's Christian Democratic party are discussing potential national legislation that would limit the authority of the German Constitutional Court over EU affairs.

     
 
  • OIC Visit to Phnom Penh Signals Interest in Muslim Minority of Cambodia

    July 21, 2014

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") sent its first high-ranking delegation to meet with government officials in Phnom Penh, in order to explore specific economic development, investment, and education opportunities for the small Muslim minority population in Cambodia.

     
  • OIC Chief Condemns ISIS Attacks on Christians in Iraq

    July 21, 2014

    The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") Iyad Ameen Madani has condemned the targeted attacks and atrocities by The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham ("ISIS") against Iraqi Christians as a contradiction of Islam and of the principles of the OIC.

     
  • OIC Human Rights Committee Condemns Israeli Action in Gaza

    July 21, 2014

    The Independent Permanent Human Rights Committee of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC"), the global organization that identifies itself as the voice of all Muslims worldwide, has characterized Israel's action in Gaza as genocidal, has condemned Israel for violating the religious freedom of Palestinians in Gaza, and has endorsed the call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate breaches of international law associated with the current conflict in Gaza.