EC Proposes Swift Police Access to Global Data

April 18, 2018

The Register reports that the European Commission (EC) has issued a proposal for a European Production Order requiring internet companies with an office in an EU member state to retrieve data requested by police and stored anywhere in the world within six hours and for a Preservation Order prohibiting the deletion of such data.

Companies Join Pledge Against Cyber Attacks

April 18, 2018

Reuters reports that 34 technology companies, including Microsoft and Facebook, have signed a Cybersecurity Tech Accord pledging not to assist governments with "offensive" cyber attacks "regardless of geopolitical or criminal motive."

French President Aims to Reform Islam

April 18, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron is facing skepticism regarding his ambitious project to reform Islam, drawing on historical examples of French state efforts to centralize control over religion and working with a controversial French Islamic cleric to build a national French Islam free of foreign Islamist radical influence and opposed to the use of violence.

UN Council Faces Criticism over Leadership Selections

April 18, 2018

Patrick Goodenough highlights the ongoing, controversial practice of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to hand out committee positions to regimes accused of wide-ranging human rights violations, including its recent decision to give Saudi Arabia a seat on the executive board of UN Women.

 

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  • UNESCO Updates Guidance on Public Sexuality Education

    April 24, 2018

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently published updated guidance on how to use "comprehensive sexuality education" in schools across the globe to prevent gender-based violence, including "emotional violence," and to teach students to challenge "unequal gender and power structures" that can lead to such violence.

     
  • OSCE Meeting Promotes "Sustainable" Energy Sources

    April 24, 2018

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) recently hosted a conference in Vienna that included discussions on how energy efficiency and "sustainability" are key to economic growth in the OSCE region, thereby linking the development of "green" energy sources with energy security in Europe.

     
  • World Bank Warns of Climate-Induced Mass Migration

    April 24, 2018

    The World Bank Group has released a report supporting robust global action toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions by predicting a worldwide migration crisis forcing at least 140 million people to move within their countries by the year 2050 due to the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

     
 
  • WEF Seeks Ethical Standards for AI Development

    April 24, 2018

    The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council on Human Rights has published a report calling for developers of machine-learning artificial-intelligence technology to adopt a set of ethical standards preventing this technology from facilitating discrimination and other human rights violations.

     
  • Jewelry, Watch Companies Face Demands for Reporting

    April 24, 2018

    Human Rights Watch has called on jewelry and watch companies participating in the Baselworld Fair in Switzerland to publicly disclose the source of materials in their products and perform impact assessments to help civil society activists determine whether they are associated with human rights violations and environmental damage.

     
  • NGO Criticizes Lack of Reporting on Palm Oil

    April 24, 2018

    Greenpeace International has released a report criticizing consumer products companies for failing to take sufficient steps to publicly report on the steps they are taking to address environmental harm in their global palm oil supply chains as set out in a 2010 pledge to "eliminate deforestation" caused by palm oil sourcing by the year 2020.

     
 
  • EU Watchdog Criticizes EC for Lack of Scrutiny on Barroso

    April 24, 2018

    The Daily Mail reports that the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly recently criticized European Commission (EC) officials for failing to scrutinize former EC President José Manuel Barroso's acceptance of a job at Goldman Sachs in 2016 that may involve lobbying EU officials, labeling the alleged oversight "maladministration."

     
  • EP Document Pairs Market Access with ECJ Authority

    April 24, 2018

    The European Parliament (EP) recently adopted a resolution asserting that any "deep and comprehensive" future trade deal between the EU and the UK must include "a binding interpretation role" for the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) and proposing an "association agreement" with the UK that could provide broad market access between the jurisdictions.

     
  • EU Officials Green-light UK Trade Talks During Transition

    April 24, 2018

    The Express reports that, in a recent round of UK-EU negotiations over Britain's withdrawal from the EU and future trade between the jurisdictions, EU officials agreed to permit Britain to sign - but not implement - trade deals with other countries during a post-Brexit transition period when the UK would still be bound by EU regulations.

     
 
  • IS Threatens to Disrupt Iraqi Elections

    April 24, 2018

    Islamic State (IS) actors have issued new threats to attack polling stations in Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary elections as a move opposing control by "Iranian Shiite infidels" and showing the group's continuing activity in the country.

     
  • Central Bank Introduces Islamic Banking in Afghanistan

    April 24, 2018

    The Afghan Central Bank has licensed the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan to apply sharia-compliant/compatible principles of Islamic finance in all its operations as it seeks to facilitate Islamic banking in the country's banking system to attract assets.

     
  • Iranian Morality Police Assault Sparks Public Outrage

    April 24, 2018

    Mobile footage of Iran’s morality police assaulting a young woman whose head was only partially covered has sparked public outrage across the country against the religious police unit and has led to renewed public criticism of the compulsory Islamic dress code and, more generally, against the Islamic theocratic regime governing the country since 1979.