Iran Nuke Deal Lays Bare Saudi Sponsorship of Global Islamist Extremism

September 02, 2015

The policy debates over the proposed Iranian nuclear deal, whose opponents cite as a major rationale Tehran's support for Shiite Islamist violence, have also shown that the most committed financier and ideological sponsor of globalized Islamist radicalism and terror, in the name of orthodox Sunni belief, is the Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia.

Schaefer Spotlights "Failings" of UNHRC

August 26, 2015

Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation writes that the UN Human Rights Commission ("UNHRC") has failed in its mandate to address "gross and systematic" human rights violations around the world in favor of focusing on Israeli actions and "niche" issues that have little real-world impact on human rights.

Law Society Outlines Lawyer Role in BHR Agenda

August 14, 2015

Sarah Smith of the Law Society in the UK writes that in a world of "proliferating" standards and laws on business and human rights ("BHR"), including the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, attorneys are playing an increasing role in advising companies on risks from the BHR agenda.

Academic Describes Vision for "Global Legal System"

August 12, 2015

Professor Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo of the University of Salerno Italy predicts the future development of a "global community" in which national sovereignty becomes increasingly irrelevant and describes the duty of judges, scholars, and others to facilitate the construction of a harmonious "global legal system" that governs society.

 

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  • Academic: Human-Rights Education Seeks "Social Engineering"

    September 02, 2015

    Barend Vlaardingerbroek of the American University of Beirut writes that the global "human rights education" agenda pursued by Amnesty International and other activist organizations is part of a concerted attempt to pursue "social engineering" for children in Western school systems.

     
  • UN Calls for NGO Role in Development Goals

    September 02, 2015

    Speaking at a recent conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed legislators to make room for a large role he said should be played by nongovernmental organizations in the implementation of the proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals.

     
  • OSCE Contest Pushes Link Between Climate Change, Security

    September 02, 2015

    The Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe ("OSCE") has announced a contest in which participants create an image that represents the OSCE viewpoint that the effects of global warming increase security risks.

     
 
  • Businesses Face Litigation over Disclosure Rules

    September 02, 2015

    Highlighting a lawsuit accusing Costco of violating the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act by selling prawns from Southeast Asia that were allegedly farmed using forced labor, attorneys from Squire Patton Boggs warn that businesses are increasingly at risk of litigation under multiplying corporate disclosure legislation and international standards.

     
  • Countries Advance BHR Agenda Through UPR Process

    September 02, 2015

    Using a database produced by the website UPR Info, the Business and Human Rights ("BHR") Resource Centre shows how countries have been raising recommendations on how to improve the implementation of the global BHR agenda through the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review ("UPR") process.

     
  • Academic Seeks Corporate Reporting to Aid BHR Lawsuits

    September 02, 2015

    Dr. Anil Yilmaz Vastardis of the University of Essex in the UK writes on a recent US case that demonstrates how public corporate reporting on business and human rights ("BHR") issues will force companies to provide information that may be helpful to the lawsuits of alleged victims of BHR violations.

     
 
  • Governments Warn of Negative Effects of EU Securities Rules

    September 03, 2015

    The finance ministries of the UK, Germany, and France have warned that new transparency rules on securities and investment research from the European Securities and Markets Authority could be too broad and "overly prescriptive" and thus harm securities trading in the bloc.

     
  • ECtHR: Italy's Detention of Migrants Violated Human Rights

    September 02, 2015

    The European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") has ruled that the Italian government violated the rights of a group of Tunisian migrants, during an influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, by holding them in what the ECtHR considered to be "degrading" conditions on the island of Lampedusa pending their expulsion.

     
  • French Call for EU Integration Meets German Skepticism

    September 02, 2015

    Reuters reports that German officials have responded to calls from French economy minister Emmanuel Macron for an EU commissioner with the authority to coordinate economic policy and fiscal transfers with warnings against such "fundamental" centralization of the bloc.

     
 
  • Militant Islamists Strike African Union Peacekeepers in Somalia

    September 02, 2015

    In their ongoing guerrilla war to spread sharia rule throughout Somalia and beyond, to all of East Africa, militants from al-Shabaab struck an African Union ("AU") peacekeeping base in Southern Somalia and forced a tactical retreat by the peacekeepers.

     
  • Turkish Government Manipulates Islamism to Stifle Press Freedoms

    September 02, 2015

    Turkish courts ordered the arrest of three British journalists for abetting terrorism after they began reporting on Turkish security forces' clashes with the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party ("PKK"), pointing to the Islamist government's opportunism in shifting its pro-Islamic State ("IS") stance in order to suppress freedom of expression on the issue of Kurdish rights.

     
  • Islamic State Continues Cultural and Religious Cleansing of Syrian Sites

    September 02, 2015

    UN satellite imagery has confirmed that Islamic State ("IS") forces continued their cleansing rampage against Syria's religious and cultural antiquities, with the destruction of the 1st-century Roman Temple of Bel in the captured city of Palmyra the latest episode in IS's use of antiquities eradication, looting, and black-marketeering to support the expansion of the radical Islamist caliphate.