US Official Threatens ICC with Sanctions

September 11, 2018

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC) with sanctions over the announced plans of its prosecutor to investigate alleged war crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan and by Israeli forces against Palestinians as attacks on national sovereignty.

NGO Rankings Pressure Investors on Climate Action

September 11, 2018

A nongovernmental initiative called the Asset Owners Disclosure Project has published a ranking of climate action by the world’s largest public pension funds, warning that 60 percent of these funds have “little or no strategy” on how they plan to comply with the global agenda aiming to restrict corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

OIC Uses Financial Power to Promote Economic Integration

September 11, 2018

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, which belongs to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Islamic Development Bank Group, and the League of Arab States have signed an agreement aiming to accelerate “intra-Arab trade,” showing the OIC’s use of soft power to achieve regional economic integration among its members.

ECJ Warns of Discrimination in Firing by Religious Hospital

September 11, 2018

Deutsche Welle reports that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has pointed to “hidden discrimination” in the firing of a doctor by a Catholic German hospital due to the hospital’s finding that the doctor had violated his faith by remarrying, setting up a possible conflict between EU and German laws on religious employers.

 

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  • US Official Threatens ICC with Sanctions

    September 11, 2018

    US National Security Adviser John Bolton has threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC) with sanctions over the announced plans of its prosecutor to investigate alleged war crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan and by Israeli forces against Palestinians as attacks on national sovereignty.

     
  • US Ends Funding for UNRWA

    September 05, 2018

    The Washington Post reports that the US government has halted funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), established to fund institutions and programs supporting Palestinian refugees, to place pressure on other countries to fund UNRWA and reduce the number of people the agency recognizes as refugees.

     
  • UN Official Pushes Europe-wide Approach to Migrant Treatment

    September 05, 2018

    UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called for the EU to develop “a collaborative and reliable European approach” toward the treatment of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea who are attempting to reach the continent from Africa.

     
 
  • NGO Rankings Pressure Pension Funds on Climate Action

    September 11, 2018

    A nongovernmental initiative called the Asset Owners Disclosure Project has published a ranking of climate action by the world’s largest public pension funds, warning that 60 percent of these funds have “little or no strategy” on how they plan to comply with the global agenda aiming to restrict corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

     
  • Germany Launches Monitoring of BHR Due Diligence

    September 05, 2018

    The German government has launched a three-year monitoring process to find whether German businesses are engaging in “human rights due diligence” measures as envisioned in the country’s business and human rights (BHR) action plan and to determine the need for mandatory BHR-oriented legislative measures.

     
  • Observer Calls for Safeguards on Facial-Recognition Tech

    September 05, 2018

    Cynthia Wong of Human Rights Watch uses the Australian Parliament’s consideration of the expansion of law-enforcement reliance on facial-recognition technology to raise general concerns about the human rights implications of government and corporate use of such technology and the need for “explicit safeguards” regarding its implementation.

     
 
  • ECJ Warns of Discrimination in Firing by Religious Hospital

    September 11, 2018

    Deutsche Welle reports that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has pointed to “hidden discrimination” in the firing of a doctor by a Catholic German hospital due to the hospital’s finding that the doctor had violated his faith by remarrying, setting up a possible conflict between EU and German laws on religious employers.

     
  • EC Warns Against National-Level Brexit Talks

    September 05, 2018

    Politico reports that, after the European Commission’s (EC) chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier rejected the UK government’s latest proposal on post-Brexit relations, the EC has called on national officials not to engage in bilateral talks on “mini deals” with the UK as British officials seek leverage in averting a “no-deal” Brexit.

     
  • EU Ban on Halogen Bulbs Enters into Force

    September 05, 2018

    EcoWatch reports that an EU ban on the sale of halogen lightbulbs went into effect at the beginning of this month, as the supranational authorities push consumers toward purchasing more efficient, higher-priced LED bulbs as part of the bloc’s policies combating climate change.

     
 
  • OIC Uses Financial Power to Promote Economic Integration

    September 11, 2018

    The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, which belongs to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Islamic Development Bank Group, and the League of Arab States have signed an agreement aiming to accelerate “intra-Arab trade,” showing the OIC’s use of soft power to achieve regional economic integration among its members.

     
  • UK Reports Islamist Terror Links with IS Afghanistan

    September 05, 2018

    According to an intelligence report from Britain’s Secretary of Defense, Islamist terrorist groups, including foreign fighters who returned to the UK after fighting with the Islamic State (IS) in the Iraq-Syria caliphate, are working actively with the Afghan branch of IS and have the capacity to perpetrate terrorist activities inside the UK.

     
  • US, UN Sanctions Highlight IS Active Presence in Southeast Asia

    September 05, 2018

    The US and UN have sanctioned three Islamic State (IS) members identified with the jihadist group’s operations in Malaysia and the Philippines, a move highlighting the expanding penetration and active presence of the Islamist extremist organization in Southeast Asia.