UN Working Group: African-Americans Face "Human Rights Crisis"

February 03, 2016

Following a visit to the US, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent blamed official impunity and racist ideology for a "human rights crisis" facing African-Americans and called on officials to take measures to address "Afrophobia" and end the "epidemic of racial violence" in US law enforcement.

UN Considers Levies for Aid Funding

January 27, 2016

AFP reports that a UN humanitarian-financing study considers the potential use of "micro-taxes" on goods and services, such as airfare or tickets to sporting events, or from mandatory alms given by Muslims to fund the international organization's humanitarian-assistance agenda.

Paper Calls for Democratic Global Governance System

January 20, 2016

Leigh Phillips of the Transnational Institute writes that the lack of direct accountability of European and global governance structures to the people they govern requires the demolition of these structures in favor of, respectively, a "United States of Europe" and a world democracy that better respond to the calls of the progressive agenda.

Financial Body Develops Task Force on Climate Reporting

January 13, 2016

An article from the Centre for International Governance Innovation ("CIGI") explores what a Climate Disclosure Task Force created by the Financial Stability Board, an international body that makes recommendations regarding the global financial system, should do to improve accountability of businesses for their actions on the UN sustainability agenda.

 

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  • Barfield: US-EU Data Deal Faces Obstacles

    February 08, 2016

    Claude Barfield of the American Enterprise Institute writes that, despite the trumpeting of a new data-privacy arrangement by US and EU officials, the apparently limited reforms included in the deal will promote skepticism of its merits by national officials and encourage lawsuits that may end in its displacement by the Court of Justice of the EU.

     
  • UN Committee Calls on Ireland to Loosen Abortion Laws

    February 08, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on the Irish Government to decriminalize abortion "in all circumstances" and has opined that Irish law, which only permits abortion in the case of a "real and substantial risk" to the mother's life, impermissibly restricts doctors from the provision of medical services.

     
  • UN Working Group Declares Assange "Should Be Freed"

    February 05, 2016

    The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has determined that the UK and Sweden should let Wikileaks founder Julian Assange walk free from charges of rape and that Assange should receive compensation for violations of his right against "arbitrary detention" under international human rights law.

     
 
  • AI Pushes Measures to Reduce Financing for Firearms

    February 08, 2016

    Amnesty International ("AI") has published a report calling on Luxembourg to pass laws restricting financing by the country's banking sector of the production and transfer of various arms and pressuring banks to adopt policies addressing what AI deems to be their international legal obligation to restrict funding for firearms.

     
  • NGOs Select Companies for Monitoring on BHR Compliance

    February 05, 2016

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations including the Business & Human Rights ("BHR") Resource Centre has published its criteria for the selection of 100 companies to be monitored in 2016 as part of the coalition's pilot Corporate Human Rights Benchmark program on implementation of the global BHR agenda.

     
  • NGO Publishes "Toolbox" for BHR Impact Assessments

    February 05, 2016

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights has published guidance for businesses to develop "impact assessments" considering how their operations might fuel violations of the UN's business and human rights ("BHR") agenda and for human rights activists to monitor the outcomes of these assessments.

     
 
  • CoE Warns Belgium on Inclusion of Disabled Persons

    February 08, 2016

    Council of Europe ("CoE") Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Mui┼żnieks has called on Belgium to speed along measures that would provide for the "social inclusion" of persons with disabilities, particularly mental disabilities, in the country, including by reforming the institutionalization process of such persons and integrating prisons and schools.

     
  • ECtHR Finds Rights Violation in Disability Payment Discontinuation

    February 08, 2016

    The European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") has held that the discontinuation of government disability payments for a woman in Switzerland due to the supposition that because she gave birth to twins, she would not have continued to engage in full-time employment, violated the woman's rights against discrimination and to respect for her private and family life.

     
  • FRA Discusses "Toolkit" on Unbiased Media Reporting

    February 08, 2016

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights ("FRA") recently held a meeting at which participants discussed the development of a toolkit for media professionals on how to promote fundamental rights in their reporting, in part by avoiding "biased language" that could "reinforce stereotypes."

     
 
  • Cutting Off IS Access to Finance Is Urgent Security Priority

    February 05, 2016

    Iraq's Central Bank has taken the lead in a significant security move likely to be followed by Foreign Ministers of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL/Da'esh ("IS") by imposing aggressive regulatory measures to cut off IS from access to the international banking system and regional foreign exchange houses in order to degrade the jihadists' capabilities.

     
  • Pakistan Suffers Domestic Blowback from Supporting Violent Islamists

    February 05, 2016

    The recent Taliban assault on a university in the northwest part of the country points to the entrenchment of extremist Islamist groups inside Pakistan, homegrown blowback resulting from the military's willingness to collaborate with radical Islamists as a foreign policy tool against India and Afghanistan.

     
  • Iraq Battle with IS Extends to Cyberspace

    February 05, 2016

    The Iraq government is intensifying its war against the Islamic State ("IS") in cyberspace, as Baghdad is trying to persuade satellite companies to terminate service in IS territories to eliminate a source of caliphate propaganda and jihadi recruitment.