OECD Members Support Guidelines on Responsible AI

May 22, 2019

Politico reports that the 36 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including the US, and others have agreed to a set of global guidelines pledging "responsible stewardship of trustworthy” artificial intelligence to ensure it complies with the international human rights agenda.

UN Rights Office Criticizes US State Abortion Restrictions

May 22, 2019

Wading into a domestic political debate over abortion policies, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticized as “inherently discriminatory” and dangerous laws recently passed in US states restricting abortion access.

CoE Official Opposes Hungarian Migrant, Family Policies

May 22, 2019

The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has published a report accusing the Hungarian government of violating human rights standards through its treatment of migrants, politicians’ promotion of “xenophobic attitudes,” and reinforcement of gender stereotypes by encouraging large families.

Islamist Regimes Battle over Future Control of Jerusalem

May 22, 2019

The hardline Islamist regimes of Saudi Arabia and Turkey are pushing to marginalize moderates Jordan and, to a lesser extent, Morocco in representing Muslim interests involving control over the city of Jerusalem in the runup to the US’s anticipated rollout of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

 

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  • UN Rights Office Criticizes US State Abortion Restrictions

    May 22, 2019

    Wading into a domestic political debate over abortion policies, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticized as “inherently discriminatory” and dangerous laws recently passed in US states restricting abortion access.

     
  • Australians File Rights Complaint with UN on Climate Change

    May 15, 2019

    Indigenous Australians living on the Torres Strait Islands have filed a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee alleging that the Australian government has violated their rights by failing to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions and thus allowing rising sea levels caused by global warming to encroach on their communities.

     
  • UN Body Seeks Release of Assange over "Disproportionate" Sentencing

    May 08, 2019

    The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on the UK government to release Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from prison due to what it deems to be his “disproportionate sentence” for the “minor violation” of the terms of his bail over sexual assault and rape charges in 2012.

     
 
  • OECD Members Support Guidelines on Responsible AI

    May 22, 2019

    Politico reports that the 36 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including the US, and others have agreed to a set of global guidelines pledging "responsible stewardship of trustworthy” artificial intelligence to ensure it complies with the international human rights agenda.

     
  • US Rejects Binding UN Deal on Plastic Waste

    May 15, 2019

    AP reports that the US government was one of the few in the world that declined to sign a legally binding UN deal committing countries “to monitor and track movements of plastic waste outside their borders” and thus places burdens on companies to ensure accountability for the global shipping of plastics.

     
  • Dutch NCP Alleges Failings in Broad Review of Energy Sector

    May 08, 2019

    In its first-ever “sector scan” of companies operating in the Dutch energy industry, the Dutch National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises alleged that these businesses are failing to adhere to global human rights and environmental standards and calls for government “consequences” for reporting failures.

     
 
  • CoE Official Opposes Hungarian Migrant, Family Policies

    May 22, 2019

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has published a report accusing the Hungarian government of violating human rights standards through its treatment of migrants, politicians’ promotion of “xenophobic attitudes,” and reinforcement of gender stereotypes by encouraging large families.

     
  • EC Threatens Romania with Rule-of-Law Procedure

    May 15, 2019

    The European Commission (EC) has threatened the Romanian government with a similar rule-of-law procedure it is employing in the cases of Poland and Hungary - possibly leading to a loss of EU voting rights - if Romania fails to repeal laws the EC says increase barriers to corruption prosecutions.

     
  • Poland Backs off Some Judicial Changes as ECJ Ruling Approaches

    May 08, 2019

    Politico reports that, as a judgment approaches from the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) on a Polish law reforming the country’s Supreme Court, the ruling party in Poland has backed off on some of its changes to the institution, including on the selection of the Court’s President and judicial immunity.

     
 
  • Sri Lanka Bombings Reveal Broader South Asian Patterns

    May 24, 2019

    The Islamist terror Easter attacks on churches in Sri Lanka reveal a broader pattern of sectarian intolerance aggravated by economic inequity that is generating social fragmentation and religious violence across South Asia.

     
  • Paper Warns of Impacts of Broad UK “Islamophobia” Definition

    May 24, 2019

    A paper published by British think tank Policy Exchange warns that a broad definition of “Islamophobia” promoted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims threatens UK counterterrorism efforts that have a proven track record of preventing violence by permitting opponents to label these policies racist.

     
  • Islamist Regimes Battle over Future Control of Jerusalem

    May 22, 2019

    The hardline Islamist regimes of Saudi Arabia and Turkey are pushing to marginalize moderates Jordan and, to a lesser extent, Morocco in representing Muslim interests involving control over the city of Jerusalem in the runup to the US’s anticipated rollout of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.