UK, EU Face Key Decisions Following Brexit Vote

June 24, 2016

Following the UK vote to leave the EU, Open Europe's Raoul Ruparel writes that it is time for "careful thought" as the UK and EU face an array of key decisions in the coming months, including on the timing of the UK's formal notice to exit and the characteristics of the partners' future relations.

Iran Files ICJ Claim on US Anti-Terror Measures

June 22, 2016

The UN's International Court of Justice has announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran has launched proceedings against the US for alleged violations of US treaty obligations by subjecting the assets of Iran and its entities to judicial proceedings due to Iran's support for international terrorism.

IBA Adopts "Practical" BHR Guidance for Attorneys

June 17, 2016

The International Bar Association Council has adopted "practical" guidance for corporate lawyers around the world on how they should advise their clients in light of the legal and other impacts of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

British Campaign Outlines Post-Brexit Plans

June 15, 2016

The UK campaign for leaving the EU has published an outline of its plans following a "Brexit" vote, including an immediate "end to the European Court of Justice's control over national security," a halt to free movement for EU nationals into Britain, and the negotiation of a new trade deal with the bloc by 2020.

 

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  • NGO: China Meat Policy Furthers UN Climate Agenda

    June 30, 2016

    The nongovernmental organization WildAid is praising a Chinese policy calling for a reduction in the country's consumption of meat products for advancing the goals of the UN climate deal agreed last year.

     
  • UN Rapporteur Backs Private Security Standards

    June 30, 2016

    UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has published a report to the UN Human Rights Council outlining steps he says governments must take to abide by the global human rights agenda in hiring private contractors for security purposes.

     
  • UN Agent Warns of "Free Market Fundamentalism"

    June 30, 2016

    In a report on the dangers of "fundamentalism" to the rights of peaceful assembly and association, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, in particular identifies "the belief in the infallibility of free market economic policies" as an "urgent threat."

     
 
  • UNGPs Move from "Soft" to "Hard" Law

    June 30, 2016

    Consultant Anna Triponel highlights how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are shifting from "soft" international norms to "hard" domestic law by advising companies to interpret the reach of the UK Modern Slavery Act in their supply chains according to the provisions of the UNGPs.

     
  • NGO Calls for UK Universal Tax Reporting

    June 30, 2016

    Christian Aid has called on the British Parliament to adopt a law pressuring multinational companies to provide more funding to countries in which they operate by requiring these businesses to report their financial information on a country-by-country basis.

     
  • "Toolkit" Advises Businesses on Security, Human Rights

    June 30, 2016

    The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and the International Committee of the Red Cross have introduced a "toolkit" advising businesses "operating in complex environments" how to develop security measures that comply with the international human rights agenda.

     
 
  • French PM Rejects Possibility of TTIP

    June 30, 2016

    Predicting that the agreement will not "respect EU interests," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has rejected the possibility that the EU and US will conclude their Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal.

     
  • Verhofstadt: Brexit Permits Stronger EU

    June 30, 2016

    Former Prime Minister of Belgium and current Member of the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt writes that European leaders should use Britain's exit from the EU as an opportunity for closer integration of EU security powers and foreign policy.

     
  • Franco-German Plan Adjusts EU Balance of Power

    June 30, 2016

    Politico reports that, following the UK's vote to leave the EU, details have emerged regarding a plan between French and German officials that would return some authorities from the EU to national governments but consolidate EU power over broad foreign policy and immigration issues.

     
 
  • NY Senate Passes Campus Hate Speech Bill

    June 29, 2016

    The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would provide for the removal of funding from any student group at a public university that promotes or encourages "discrimination, intolerance, hate speech or boycotts" on the basis of "race, class, gender, nationality, ethnic origin or religion."

     
  • UNESCO Trains Teachers on "Violent Extremism"

    June 29, 2016

    In a series of training seminars on Global Citizenship Education, UNESCO and the Asia Pacific Centre of Education for Intercultural Understanding are seeking to "sensitize" teachers regarding how they should respond to "violent extremism" in the classroom.

     
  • UNHRC Debate Focuses on Islamophobia

    June 29, 2016

    At a UN Human Rights Council general debate discussing "the rising trends of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism," multiple governments from the Middle East often implicated in human rights abuses, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Egypt, warned of growing intolerance of and racism against Muslim migrants.