OSCE Partners on Economic, Social Rights Training for NHRIs

June 12, 2019

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) recently hosted a program training NHRI participants to monitor economic and social rights, such as the rights to housing, education, and work, in their countries.

UN Body Calls on G20 to Implement BHR Standards

June 12, 2019

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR) has issued a call for members of the G20 group of countries to fully implement the UN Guiding Principles on BHR by adhering to commitments to impose “due diligence” requirements on corporations for human rights impacts in global supply chains.

CAIR Pressures US College to Disinvite Chronicler of Islamic History

June 12, 2019

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pressuring the leadership of the US Army War College to disinvite author Raymond Ibrahim from delivering a lecture on its campus, condemning his book, which chronicles the military history of Islam’s expansion into the West, as Islamophobic.

CoE Body Warns of Rise in “Xenophobic Populism” in Politics

June 12, 2019

In its annual report, the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Commission against Racism and Intolerance spotlighted “xenophobic populism and racist hate speech” as growing dangers to the European political climate and praised countries for creating police units to enforce international anti-hate speech standards.

 

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  • UNICEF Ranks Countries on Parental Leave, Childcare Policies

    June 14, 2019

    Newsday reports that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has published a ranking of 41 countries’ “family friendliness,” focusing on national policies regarding paid maternity and paternity leave and funding for early childhood care and giving the US a poor score due to its lack of a federal parental leave policy.

     
  • Think Tank Leader Seeks Demise of State-Centered Global Governance

    June 13, 2019

    Dr. Robin Niblett CMG of Chatham House argues that the “brittle” state-centered global governance system is crumbling and should give way to a more “inclusive approach” relying on the transnational cooperation of civil society, cities, regions, and multinational corporations to promote common policy goals.

     
  • OSCE Partners on Economic, Social Rights Training for NHRIs

    June 12, 2019

    The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) recently hosted a program training NHRI participants to monitor economic and social rights, such as the rights to housing, education, and work, in their countries.

     
 
  • Consultant Pushes for Ongoing Rights Monitoring in Trade Deals

    June 13, 2019

    Business and human rights consultant Dr. Jennifer Ann Zerk encourages countries striking trade deals to supplement human rights impact assessments with “institutional arrangements” that allow monitors to follow up on rights impacts and tackle challenges that emerge throughout the international trading relationship.

     
  • NGO Pushes for Integration of BHR, SDG Efforts

    June 13, 2019

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights has published a paper explaining how governments and corporations should encourage the integration of efforts to implement business and human rights (BHR) standards and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including by promoting corporate “due diligence” for BHR impacts.

     
  • UN Body Calls on G20 to Implement BHR Standards

    June 12, 2019

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR) has issued a call for members of the G20 group of countries to fully implement the UN Guiding Principles on BHR by adhering to commitments to impose “due diligence” requirements on corporations for human rights impacts in global supply chains.

     
 
  • EU National Ministers Advance Plan for Eurozone Budget

    June 14, 2019

    Reuters reports that national ministers of EU member states have agreed to key features of a eurozone budget that would become operational in 2021 to fund investments and reforms in countries that have adopted the euro, though some countries opposed the use of the budget to stabilize countries’ economies in the event of crises.

     
  • ECtHR: Greece Failed to Fulfill Duties Toward Migrating Minors

    June 13, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Greek authorities violated the rights of migrant minors from Afghanistan by detaining them in police stations, as such detention might have aroused “feelings of isolation from the outside world,” and by failing to alleviate the poor conditions of a migrant camp in which some of them lived.

     
  • Study Finds Need for Irish Border Customs Posts in Event of No-Deal Brexit

    June 13, 2019

    The BBC reports that a study commissioned by Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy asserts that Ireland will have to build customs inspection points closer to its border with Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit and floats the idea of “integrated logistics centres” that would streamline customs checks in the future.

     
 
  • CAIR Pressures US College to Disinvite Chronicler of Islamic History

    June 12, 2019

    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pressuring the leadership of the US Army War College to disinvite author Raymond Ibrahim from delivering a lecture on its campus, condemning his book, which chronicles the military history of Islam’s expansion into the West, as Islamophobic.

     
  • Competing Islamist Groups Converge Against US Peace Plan

    June 12, 2019

    Competing extremist groups in the Islamist ecosystem of the Near East are converging in a united front of opposition to the anticipated announcement of a US peace plan for resolution of the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

     
  • Islamism Helps Explain Uncertainty in US-Saudi Relationship

    June 12, 2019

    The current unprecedented uncertainty in the strategic partnership between the US and Saudi Arabia owes a great deal to the influence of Islamism in the theocratic kingdom’s aggressive pursuit of Sunni sectarian hegemony against Iran in foreign policy adventures across the Mideast and disregard for international human rights norms.