UN Group: US Detention of Migrants Violates Rights

August 16, 2017

A report from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to the UN Human Rights Council asserts that US detention of illegal migrants and asylum seekers after they cross the US border violates international human rights law, arguing that the US must only use arrest and confinement of migrants while they await trial as a "last resort."

California Climate Lawsuit Pushes Novel Liability Theories

August 16, 2017

Lawyers from Ropes & Gray LLP write that a lawsuit filed by three coastal California communities against oil, gas, and coal companies for their alleged contribution to global warming and a corresponding rise in sea levels could, through their novel theories of liability, mark a "turning point in corporate social responsibility litigation."

Experts Call for Economic Development to Secure Post-Islamist Syria

August 16, 2017

US security experts are arguing for the swift, sizable commitment of funds by Western powers for the reconstruction and economic development of Syria as a smart diplomatic move to minimize the chance of Islamist extremist resurgence after the military defeat of the Islamic State.

German Court Refers Asset-Purchase Challenge to ECJ

August 16, 2017

Reuters reports that the German Federal Constitutional Court has referred a legal challenge of the European Central Bank's (ECB) $2.7 trillion asset-purchase scheme to the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ), expressing doubt that the policy, commonly known as quantitative easing, is within the ECB's mandate under EU law.

 

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  • OECD Warns of Slow Global Progress on "Green Growth"

    August 18, 2017

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report in June rating countries on their policies promoting "green growth" and asserting that governments have moved too slowly in their efforts "to fully disconnect economic growth from fossil fuel use and pollutant emissions" to comply with the global climate agenda.

     
  • EU Council Calls for SDG Implementation Strategy

    August 18, 2017

    The Council of the EU adopted conclusions in June calling on the European Commission to develop a strategy by the year 2018 containing "timelines, objectives and concrete measures to implement" the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an activist wishlist containing global economic, social, and environmental targets, "in all EU policies."

     
  • UN Agents Merge Environmental, Health Agendas

    August 18, 2017

    Highlighting the continued focus of UN health agents on noncommunicable diseases and on fusing the global agenda on the "right to health" with climate action, UN representatives at an "environment and health" conference in the Czech Republic called for joint governmental action across Europe to reduce pollution- and climate-induced illnesses and death.

     
 
  • UN Body: Lowering Corporate Taxes Violates Rights

    August 18, 2017

    The Center for Economic and Social Rights has applauded the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights for releasing a document recognizing an international legal obligation of governments not to lower their taxes to attract investors and to ensure that businesses do not seek to avoid taxation in other countries.

     
  • NGOs Rate Banks on Shift Toward Climate Finance

    August 18, 2017

    A group of environmental activist organizations has published an analysis scoring banks around the world on the extent to which they have shifted their lending from fossil fuel exploration to clean energy projects, finding across the board that financial institutions have failed to meet their pledges to contribute to the global climate change agenda.

     
  • Ruggie Seeks New Path for Development of BHR Agenda

    August 18, 2017

    Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University has published an article indicating the limits of both voluntary and regulatory approaches to persuading corporations to take into account their human rights impacts and suggests the need for a new path, recognizing the "dynamic interplay" between these approaches, to advance the business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

     
 
  • Czech Republic Sues EU over Gun Directive

    August 17, 2017

    Reuters reports that the government of the Czech Republic has sued the EU over a recent directive banning some types of semi-automatic firearms and requiring increased registration of other weapons, arguing that such a policy would unnecessarily target hunters and drive many guns to the black market.

     
  • UK Official: EU Plans to Limit UK Residency Rights

    August 17, 2017

    Reuters reports that, according to a letter from UK Brexit Secreetary David Davis, the EU’s current offer to the UK in Brexit negotiations stipulates that Britons living in Europe would retain residency rights only in their current country of residence after Brexit and would not have the right to move to another EU country.

     
  • UK’s Brexit Bill Could Remove Right to Sue Government

    August 17, 2017

    The Independent reports that the UK Parliament’s latest draft of a bill that would cause the country to leave the EU includes a provision that would take away the right for British citizens to sue the UK government for damages resulting from government activity, a method of redress currently allowed under EU case law.

     
 
  • Iraq Looks to UN for Evidence for IS Prosecution

    August 18, 2017

    The government of Iraq is preparing to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council to provide support for collecting and preserving forensic evidence that can be used to prosecute Islamic State (IS) perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the form of attacks against civilians and the destruction of religious and cultural heritage sites.

     
  • Spanish Political Upheaval Played Role in Failure to Prevent IS Attack

    August 18, 2017

    Evidence suggests that Spanish security officials missed a plan for coordinated Islamist attacks in the country, culminating in yesterday's attack by Islamic State (IS) operatives, because they were preoccupied with potential risks associated with the approaching Catalan independence referendum.

     
  • Turkey Includes Jihad in Public Education Curriculum

    August 18, 2017

    Public school textbooks in NATO-member Turkey have incorporated teaching on jihad into the official curriculum and have removed teaching about evolution, all while the country's Islamist president has publicly critiqued the youth brain-drain due to increasing applications to study abroad.