European Sovereignty Network

 The European Sovereignty Network is dedicated to promoting transparency and accountability in the various pan-European political, economic, legal, and security institutions. ESN monitors the work of the European Court of Human Rights, European Parliament, and other institutions and reports on the resulting threats to national sovereignty, individual freedom, and the rule of law. Click here to access the ESN main page.

NGO

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

NGOs Express Concern over Ireland's Low Tax Rate

Shane Darcy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights examines concerns from a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") that the low corporate tax rate in Ireland prevents the Irish Government from upholding its citizens' human rights.

ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

Activists Seek to Diminish Business Role in "Sustainability" Goals

Civil society activists have expressed alarm that "private sector actors" could "drown out" calls from civil society for a transformative set of Post-2015 UN Sustainability Goals and are seeking a commitment from organizers that businesses that wish to participate respect and report on human rights.

ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Under NGO Pressure, P&G Commits to No-Deforestation Policy

In response to calls from the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") Greenpeace to cease using suppliers that clear forests for its products, Procter & Gamble ("P&G") has committed to a "no-deforestation" policy in its supply chain, which Greenpeace has criticized as insufficient.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

New NGO Coalition Seeks Global Action on Surveillance Technologies

A group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") called the Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports ("CAUSE") is pressing governments to create a global legal framework limiting the exportation of surveillance technology that may be used by regimes to violate the human rights of their citizens.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

AI Pushes Global Governance of Weapons Trade

As critics express concern over broad provisions that may increase UN monitoring of domestic arms use, Amnesty International ("AI") has called for countries to ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which prohibits states from transferring weapons to regimes that are likely to use the weapons to violate human rights.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SOVEREIGNTY

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

Solidarity Center Submits Shadow Report to UN Committee against Torture

Report encourages Committee members to respect due process and rule of law in conducting upcoming review of Holy See report under the Convention against Torture.

ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

UN Calls for "Unprecedented" Action to Counter Global Warming

A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called for global cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explores experimental options such as removing emissions from the air and burying them underground.

ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

U.S. Court Panel Strikes down Rules on Conflict Minerals

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial services law and Securities and Exchange Commission rules requiring corporate disclosure of the use of "conflict minerals" in products violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

SECURITY, DIPLOMACY

Global Islamist Organization Has Observer Status in Philippines Peace Negotiations with Moro Secessionist Group

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation ("OIC"), the 57 member-state pan-Islamic organization, has been approved by the Philippine government ("GPH") and Moro Islamic Liberation Front ("MILF") and Moro National Liberation Front ("MNLF") to have official observer status in the current peace negotiations aiming to end the ongoing armed struggle for secession by the two guerrilla groups.

ECONOMICS, FINANCE & TRADE

OIC Sponsors Private Sector Forum to Expand Global Islamist Economic Ties

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") sponsored its 16th Private Sector Forum this week in the United Arab Emirates, calling on private sector actors in the 57 member-states of the OIC to expand global intra-Islamic trade, commercial, and financial cooperation.

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UN TREATY WATCH

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

UN Rapporteur Decries Military Spending

UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas has urged governments to decrease their military spending by an estimated ten percent and divert this funding to projects such as humanitarian efforts and climate change reduction.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

UN Adopts Measure Bolstering Human Rights Treaty Reporting

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution increasing the meeting time of the UN human rights treaty bodies, which monitor countries' compliance with UN treaty obligations, and providing for expanded involvement of the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights in promoting human rights compliance.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

OHCHR Criticizes U.S. for Execution of Mexican National

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ("OHCHR") has argued that the U.S. is in breach of its international treaty obligations due to the execution by the State of Texas of a Mexican national who was not permitted to consult with Mexican consular authorities.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

Bayefsky: Failure of Obama Foreign Policy on Display at HRC

UN watchdog and commentator Anne Bayefsky writes that the UN Human Rights Council's ("HRC") attacks on U.S. values and on Israel during its recent session demonstrate the ineffectiveness of the Obama Administration's conscientiously multilateral approach to foreign policy.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

UN Panel Criticizes U.S. Policies in Review

The UN Human Rights Committee has released a report in its review of the U.S. record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights attacking U.S. drone strikes, interrogation techniques, and data collection.

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