Schaefer: US Must Reject ICC Authority on Afghanistan

November 22, 2017

Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation writes that, in response to the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to investigate war crimes allegations in Afghanistan since 2003, potentially including actions of the US military, the US should reject ICC jurisdiction and reevaluate its cooperation with the body.

Belgian Parliament Debates Control of Grand Mosque

November 22, 2017

The Belgian Parliament is debating the current legal contract with Saudi Arabia that gives the Kingdom control over Belgium's largest mosque, as concerns mount in the EU capital city over Islamist extremism and terror attacks in Europe that experts have linked to the radicalized preaching and networks centered in the mosque.

Eastern EU Members Miss out on Agencies

November 22, 2017

A Politico article highlights how the selection of Amsterdam and Paris as the post-Brexit homes of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority, respectively, has signaled the growing divisions between Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe regarding the future aims of the EU project.

OECD Meeting Ramps up Action on Tax Avoidance

November 22, 2017

Countries meeting in Cameroon at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Global Forum on tax transparency agreed to support the EU's efforts to penalize so-called "tax havens" and to require annual "implementation reports" and "peer reviews" on countries' efforts to prevent corporate tax avoidance.

 

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  • Schaefer: US Must Reject ICC Authority on Afghanistan

    November 22, 2017

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation writes that, in response to the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to investigate war crimes allegations in Afghanistan since 2003, potentially including actions of the US military, the US should reject ICC jurisdiction and reevaluate its cooperation with the body.

     
  • Leadership Network Seeks Urgent Climate Efforts

    November 21, 2017

    The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced the creation of a Climate Action Leadership Network by national governments seeking to encourage countries around the world to urgently ramp up their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the UN's Paris climate deal.

     
  • State Governors Reject US Rejection of Paris Deal

    November 21, 2017

    An article in The New York Times reporting the participation by governors of some US states in meetings with global leaders on climate change at a recent session of the UN General Assembly illustrates how some state leaders are sidestepping official US foreign policy to commit to the UN climate agreement rejected by the Trump Administration.

     
 
  • OECD Meeting Ramps up Action on Tax Avoidance

    November 22, 2017

    Countries meeting in Cameroon at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Global Forum on tax transparency agreed to support the EU's efforts to penalize so-called "tax havens" and to require annual "implementation reports" and "peer reviews" on countries' efforts to prevent corporate tax avoidance.

     
  • UN Pushes Businesses on Gender Equality Targets

    November 21, 2017

    UN Women hosted an event in September pushing businesses and foundations to adopt the gender-specific targets set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and increase their funding for women's economic equality, including by supporting a UN advertising initiative seeking to "promote a more realistic and aspirational portrayal of women."

     
  • UN Agencies Seek Business Recognition of Sexual Rights

    November 21, 2017

    The UN Population Fund, UN Women, and a group of national governments co-hosted an event on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September seeking to make the "business case" for advancing women's "sexual and reproductive health rights," often interpreted to include abortion, to promote women's "economic empowerment."

     
 
  • Eastern EU Members Miss out on Agencies

    November 22, 2017

    A Politico article highlights how the selection of Amsterdam and Paris as the post-Brexit homes of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority, respectively, has signaled the growing divisions between Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe regarding the future aims of the EU project.

     
  • CoE Calls for Rights Upgrades in Switzerland

    November 21, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has called on Switzerland to loosen restrictions imposed on migrants under current asylum rules, including by eliminating administrative detention for migrant children over the age of 15, and expressed concerns regarding resources devote to the country's national human rights institution.

     
  • FRA: Poverty Is a Rights Violation

    November 21, 2017

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has warned EU member states that allowing people to live in poverty is a violation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and has called for governments to use the European Pillar of Social Rights as a "starting point" to address these rights violations in Europe.

     
 
  • NGO Seeks Nuanced View of Sources of Terrorism

    November 21, 2017

    In the wake of the Barcelona terror attack, Cristina Goni of Open Society Foundations calls for national leaders to adopt a nuanced view of the causes of violent extremism and avoid feeding into hateful discourse that promotes "polarizing" narratives and a "Eurocentric understanding" of identity in European countries.

     
  • CoE Publishes Report on Countering "Information Pollution"

    November 21, 2017

    The Council of Europe (CoE) recently commissioned a report calling for national governments, tech companies, and other actors to implement policies to counter the phenomenon of "information pollution," in which dis-information campaigns rely on social media platforms to create an environment of disorder.

     
  • CoE Official Opposes Refugee Family Restrictions

    November 21, 2017

    Arguing that "simply playing the numbers game" in migration policy "is short-sighted," the Council of Europe's (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has issued a report arguing that family reunification restrictions for refugees "are often incompatible with the letter or spirit of human rights standards" and calling for litigation to address "unnecessary" restrictions.