Haley Pushes for UNHRC Reforms

June 21, 2017

Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation describes the two major UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) reforms demanded by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to restore legitimacy to the controversial body: hold competitive elections for seats and eliminate the UNHRC's disproportionate focus on Israel's human rights record.

UN Agent: Anti-Terrorism Measures Feed Islamophobia

June 21, 2017

In an address to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism Mutuma Ruteere blamed "hate speech and security measures" against Islamic extremism for contributing to racism and Islamophobia and pushed for anti-terrorism measures to focus on economic inequality.

UK Committee Seeks Broad Liability for BHR Abuses

June 21, 2017

Barrister Katherine Tyler describes a recent report from the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights that calls for a new British law creating a criminal offense for the failure by corporations to prevent violations of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, including those committed by their subsidiaries and in other countries.

ECtHR: Russian "Gay Propaganda" Laws Violate Rights

June 21, 2017

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Russian laws banning the public promotion of "nontraditional sexual relations" violate European human rights provisions guaranteeing the freedom of expression and rights against discrimination.

 

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  • AP Report Shows Long-running UN Sex Abuse Problems

    June 23, 2017

    An Associated Press report on a child sex ring maintained by over 100 UN peacekeepers in Haiti between 2004 and 2007, and the uncertainty regarding whether their home countries have held them accountable for their crimes, highlights the long-time lack of institutional will to ensure sex abusers in UN peacekeeping forces face punishment.

     
  • Multilateral Groups Double down on Climate, Sustainability

    June 22, 2017

    In a joint statement, a variety of UN and other multilateral organizations and the German Government in its capacity as the current president of the G20 group of countries illustrated their continuing prioritization of the comprehensive global climate change and "sustainable development" agendas in guiding economic and trade policies around the world.

     
  • Haley Pushes for UNHRC Reforms

    June 21, 2017

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation describes the two major UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) reforms demanded by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to restore legitimacy to the controversial body: hold competitive elections for seats and eliminate the UNHRC's disproportionate focus on Israel's human rights record.

     
 
  • Activists Move from Climate to Social Issues on Palm Oil

    June 23, 2017

    Environmental reporting website Eco-business has published an article illustrating the success of activists at the recent Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources conference in expanding participants' focus on palm oil "sustainability" from mere environmental impacts to a broad array of "social" rights, including labor issues.

     
  • NGO Calls for Expanded Access to Corporate Information

    June 22, 2017

    In the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's latest Corporate Legal Accountability Bulletin, the think tank calls for worldwide adoption of national legislation that would force companies to share internal information with alleged victims of human rights abuses to help them provide a basis for lawsuits against these businesses.

     
  • UK Committee Seeks Broad Liability for BHR Abuses

    June 21, 2017

    Barrister Katherine Tyler describes a recent report from the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights that calls for a new British law creating a criminal offense for the failure by corporations to prevent violations of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, including those committed by their subsidiaries and in other countries.

     
 
  • German Paper Seeks Vote on Brexit Transition Deal

    June 23, 2017

    Politico reports that a policy paper from the research service of the German Parliament is calling for the EU to grant a vote to national and regional parliaments in EU member states on any transitional deal on the UK's departure from the EU with complex provisions affecting domestic policy areas.

     
  • Newman: UK Should Focus on Israel Trade After Brexit

    June 22, 2017

    Director of UK think tank Open Europe Henry Newman writes that, upon its exit from the EU, the UK should consider Israel as a priority partner with which it should negotiate a free trade deal to tap billion of pounds that would result from facilitating economic exchange between the two countries.

     
  • ECtHR: Russian "Gay Propaganda" Laws Violate Rights

    June 21, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Russian laws banning the public promotion of "nontraditional sexual relations" violate European human rights provisions guaranteeing the freedom of expression and rights against discrimination.

     
 
  • Hezbollah Leader Warns Israel of United Islamist Front

    June 23, 2017

    In the context of rising tensions between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite militant movement Hezbollah, the Islamist group's leader warned that a united front of Iran-backed Shiite Islamist states and movements from the Mideast to Southwest Asia would commit to a war against Israel.

     
  • UAE Gas Case Shows Risks of Sharia Finance

    June 23, 2017

    The decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) energy giant Dana Gas to suspend payment on $700 million of debt on claims that the instruments no longer comply with sharia law raises alarm bells as investors face the prospect that "Islamic interpretation and religious standards" may now become a common justification to companies refusing to pay their debts.

     
  • IS Destroys Mosul Mosque in Battle over Caliphate

    June 23, 2017

    Using a scorched-earth policy in their battle with US and Iraqi forces for control over the Islamic State (IS) capital of Mosul, IS fighters destroyed the city's most famous mosque and blamed US airstrikes for its annihilation.