EU, UK Delay Brexit to October

April 15, 2019

EU leaders have agreed to delay the planned date of Brexit to the end of October this year, increasing the likelihood that the UK will participate in European Parliament elections nearly three years after British voters sanctioned the country’s exit from the supranational bloc.

UN Agents: Extradition of Assange to US Threatens Human Rights

April 15, 2019

Multiple UN human rights mandate holders have warned that the UK's detention of Julian Assange and planned extradition to the US on a conspiracy charge expose the Wikileaks founder to "serious human rights violations," including of his rights to life, a fair trial, and against torture.

Turkey Stands Firm on Purchase of Russian Missile Defense System

April 15, 2019

Tensions between the US and Turkey continue to escalate as Washington refuses to transfer F-35 fighter jets to Turkey's Islamist regime, which is standing firm on its pending purchase of a Russian missile defense system that, according to Pentagon officials, could compromise US military security and intelligence capabilities.

NGO Seeks Court’s Respect for Global Environmental Rights

April 15, 2019

Illustrating the ways in which activist organizations have sought to embed human rights in the regulation of businesses’ environmental impacts, Human Rights Watch has called on the Supreme Court of Chile to respect international standards on the right to a “pollution-free environment” in deciding a case on air pollution.

 

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  • UN Agents: Extradition of Assange to US Threatens Human Rights

    April 15, 2019

    Multiple UN human rights mandate holders have warned that the UK's detention of Julian Assange and planned extradition to the US on a conspiracy charge expose the Wikileaks founder to "serious human rights violations," including of his rights to life, a fair trial, and against torture.

     
  • US Revokes Visa of ICC Prosecutor

    April 10, 2019

    The US State Department has revoked the visa of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, in response to her plans to investigate US military and Central Intelligence Agency personnel for alleged “war crimes” in Afghanistan.

     
  • World Bank Announces $22.5 Billion in African Climate Finance

    April 10, 2019

    At the recent One Planet Summit hosted in Nairobi, the World Bank Group announced plans to ramp up financing for “climate action” in Africa between 2021 and 2025 by $22.5 billion, half of which will be devoted to “adaptation” projects aimed at limiting the exposure of African countries to the future catastrophic impacts of global warming.

     
 
  • NGO Seeks Court’s Respect for Global Environmental Rights

    April 15, 2019

    Illustrating the ways in which activist organizations have sought to embed human rights in the regulation of businesses’ environmental impacts, Human Rights Watch has called on the Supreme Court of Chile to respect international standards on the right to a “pollution-free environment” in deciding a case on air pollution.

     
  • Canada Appoints Watchdog on “Responsible Enterprise”

    April 10, 2019

    The CBC reports that the Canadian government has announced the appointment of an “ombudsperson for responsible enterprise” but has disappointed activist groups by not specifying the scope of the powers granted to the new office to investigate alleged corporate human rights violations committed abroad.

     
  • EU Report Seeks Expanded Remedies for Corporate Action Abroad

    April 10, 2019

    A group of academics has produced a report for the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Human Rights seeking to identify barriers to access to European courts by alleged victims of human rights abuses by EU-based companies and proposing, in response, significantly expanded due diligence requirements and judicial remedies for extraterritorial conduct.

     
 
  • EU, UK Delay Brexit to October

    April 15, 2019

    EU leaders have agreed to delay the planned date of Brexit to the end of October this year, increasing the likelihood that the UK will participate in European Parliament elections nearly three years after British voters sanctioned the country’s exit from the supranational bloc.

     
  • UK Official Opposes Post-Brexit EU Customs Deal

    April 10, 2019

    The Independent reports that, according to a letter from UK Secretary of International Trade Liam Fox, agreeing to remain in a customs union with the EU would leave Britain “stuck in the worst of both worlds,” with drastically reduced influence in Brussels and no say over its own trade policy.

     
  • ECtHR Issues Advisory Opinion on Surrogacy Arrangements

    April 10, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has issued its first-ever advisory opinion under a mechanism recently extending the ECtHR’s jurisdiction, finding European human rights law requires governments to create a path for recognition of a parent-child relationship between the intended mother of the child in a surrogacy arrangement carried out abroad.

     
 
  • Turkey Stands Firm on Purchase of Russian Missile Defense System

    April 15, 2019

    Tensions between the US and Turkey continue to escalate as Washington refuses to transfer F-35 fighter jets to Turkey's Islamist regime, which is standing firm on its pending purchase of a Russian missile defense system that, according to Pentagon officials, could compromise US military security and intelligence capabilities.

     
  • Iran Threatens US over IRGC Terrorist Designation

    April 10, 2019

    Iranian responses to the US’s designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization include chants of “death to America” in the Iranian Parliament, Iran’s designation of the US Central Command as a terrorist group, and threats against American troops in the Middle East.

     
  • Libya Chaos Creates Fertile Ground for Islamist Militants

    April 10, 2019

    Islamist militants continue to take advantage of the chaotic civil war conditions in Libya since the collapse of the state after the fall of the Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, attacking both civilians and targets of the weak Libyan National Army in a strained war of attrition involving Islamic State fighters.