US Withdraws from Development of UN Migration Pact

December 06, 2017

AFP reports that the US Mission to the UN has declared that it will no longer participate in the multilateral process of developing a Global Compact on Migration at the international organization, explaining that "Americans alone" must be in charge of US immigration policy and border control.

Forum Examines Proliferation of "Hard" BHR Law

December 06, 2017

An analysis of the recent UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR) in Geneva by two Hogan Lovells attorneys indicates that the proceedings emphasized the "hardening" of previously soft-law BHR responsibilities for corporations and considered the risk that "human rights impact assessments" could heighten the risks of corporate legal liability.

Dutch PM Opposes Calls for "Federal Europe"

December 06, 2017

In a recent speech, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned that a "federal Europe" and "a politics based on symbolism" are not the answers to the problems that plague the EU, calling for a cautious approach to EU power that is not based on "integration for integration's sake."

OSCE Plans Reporting Tool on "Hate Incidents"

December 06, 2017

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has introduced to Polish and Hungarian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) a pilot version of an online platform permitting people to report "hate incidents" that will allow local NGOs "to advocate for better prevention and response measures."

 

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  • UN Observer: Legal Processes Must End Palestinian "Occupation"

    December 08, 2017

    In an October speech, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Michael Lynk called for world leaders to help end the "longest-lasting military occupation in the modern world" by pushing for international legal processes end Israel's "illegal" presence in Palestinian territories.

     
  • UN Agent: "Fundamentalism" Threatens Women's Rights

    December 08, 2017

    UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune has warned that a "multidirectional global avalanche of misogyny" based in religious "fundamentalism and extremism" are a global threat to women's cultural rights and autonomy.

     
  • UN Agent: End of Catalan Autonomy Violates Rights

    December 08, 2017

    UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Alfred de Zayas writes that he "deplores" the recent decision of the Spanish Government to end autonomous rule in Catalonia, as it is a violation of international human rights law, and calls for Spanish authorities to authorize a new referendum on Catalan independence.

     
 
  • Paper Seeks Canadian Push on Climate Disclosures

    December 08, 2017

    A policy brief published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation calls on Canadian authorities to implement the recommendations of the G-20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures by requiring companies to include global warming-related risks in their financial disclosures.

     
  • Climate Commitments Fuel Emissions Lawsuits

    December 08, 2017

    An article in The Economist explains how the growing number of commitments by governments to climate change targets, including those made under the UN's Paris climate deal agreed in 2015, is fueling an expansion in "climate lawsuits" seeking to hold businesses and governments to account for their contributions to or failure to contain global warming.

     
  • US Businesses Link Climate Plans to NGO Targets

    December 08, 2017

    According to a recent report by global environmental disclosure platform CDP, an expanding number of US corporations are linking their greenhouse gas emissions goals to "science-based targets" approved by UN officials and nongovernmental organizations.

     
 
  • EC Proposes New Car Emissions Standards

    December 08, 2017

    In November, the European Commission (EC) proposed a fresh set of targets for carbon dioxide emissions from new passenger vehicles that will begin to apply in the year 2025 to help achieve EU pledges under the UN's Paris agreement on climate change.

     
  • EU Agency Pushes "Societal" Change on Gender Attitudes

    December 08, 2017

    A paper from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights places responsibility on EU member states to "change societal attitudes" to defeat "gender stereotyping" and reduce levels of "misogyny" and "hate speech" that fuel gender inequality.

     
  • EU Seeks to Expand Farmers' Bargaining Power

    December 08, 2017

    Politico reports that EU institutions are launching efforts to increase the bargaining power of European farmers, with a new proposal from the European Commission on formalizing supermarket-farmer pricing agreements and an agreement between EU governments and the European Parliament to permit farmers to form cartels to negotiate food prices.

     
 
  • UN Rights Chief Criticizes Trump Tweets, Border Policy

    December 08, 2017

    CNN reports that, at a recent roundtable session in Washington, DC, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned US President Donald Trump's retweeting of videos from anti-Islam group Britain First and decried the "mean-spiritedness" of strict border control and refugee admissions policies in the West.

     
  • Experts Warn UNSC of Continued IS Threat

    December 07, 2017

    In testimony before the UN Security Council (UNSC), security and terrorism experts warned of the "enormous challenge" posed in all countries by returning foreign fighters and "lone terrorists" inspired by the Islamic State (IS), as well as the "entrenchment" of IS's online presence in the wake of its territorial losses in Iraq and Syria.

     
  • OSCE Seeks Monitoring of Prison Anti-Radicalization Efforts

    December 07, 2017

    The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights recently held a workshop in Warsaw pushing for the establishment of "independent detention monitoring bodies" in OSCE countries to evaluate whether efforts to prevent radicalization leading to terrorism in prisons are compliant with international human rights standards.