UK Parliament Votes Down EU Withdrawal Deal

January 15, 2019

The UK Parliament voted today to reject a deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May and EU negotiators on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc, in what the BBC reports was “the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.”

NGO Criticizes Corporate Alliance Against Plastic Waste

January 16, 2019

The Guardian reports that activist group Greenpeace has characterized a newly launched Alliance to End Plastic Waste, created by companies including Procter & Gamble, Shell, and ExxonMobil to fund research on and efforts to reduce plastic pollution, as a “desperate attempt from corporate polluters to maintain the status quo on plastics.”

UK Regulator Investigates TV Station with Salafist Links

January 16, 2019

The UK's Office of Communications is launching an inquiry into a British television station founded by an Islamist preacher from Saudi Arabia with known Salafist affiliations after the station aired discussions urging Muslim fathers to support forced marriages for women.

UNHRC Seeks to Embed Rights Agenda in SDGs

January 16, 2019

Demonstrating the body’s commitment to advancing a broad range of economic, social, and cultural “rights,” the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has scheduled a meeting to discuss “synergies between the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human rights.”

 

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  • NGO Launches “Data Explorer” Linking SDGs to Human Rights

    January 17, 2019

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights has launched an algorithm and database called the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-Human Rights Data Explorer linking the comprehensive SDG agenda to the recommendations of UN human rights treaty bodies as part of an attempt by the UN and activists to attach the SDGs to international rights obligations.

     
  • UNHRC Seeks to Embed Rights Agenda in SDGs

    January 16, 2019

    Demonstrating the body’s commitment to advancing a broad range of economic, social, and cultural “rights,” the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has scheduled a meeting to discuss “synergies between the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human rights.”

     
  • Palestine Lobbies UNSC for Vote on UN Membership

    January 16, 2019

    Al Jazeera reports that Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has announced his country is submitting a bid for full membership at the UN and that he will lobby members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to permit a vote on the application.

     
 
  • Law Professor Seeks Human Rights Strategy on Global Warming

    January 17, 2019

    Professor Amy Sinden of Temple University’s law school has published an article calling for environmental activists to think of global warming through a human rights lens, as part of a strategy to correct for the power imbalance between industry and those who stand to gain from climate action.

     
  • Abu Dhabi Exchange Joins UN Initiative on Fulfilling SDGs

    January 17, 2019

    The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange has announced that it has joined the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative as part of its efforts to pressure companies to ramp up efforts to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engage in public reporting on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

     
  • NGO Criticizes Corporate Alliance Against Plastic Waste

    January 16, 2019

    The Guardian reports that activist group Greenpeace has characterized a newly launched Alliance to End Plastic Waste, created by companies including Procter & Gamble, Shell, and ExxonMobil to fund research on and efforts to reduce plastic pollution, as a “desperate attempt from corporate polluters to maintain the status quo on plastics.”

     
 
  • ECtHR: Macedonian Framework for Recording Sex Change Violates Rights

    January 17, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the Republic of Macedonia violated the right to respect for transgender person’s private and family life by failing to provide a legal framework for recognition of the person’s sex change in the country’s birth register.

     
  • UK Government Remains Opposed to Customs Union with EU

    January 17, 2019

    The Guardian reports that a spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that the government’s Brexit policy still rules out remaining in a customs union with the EU, as such an arrangement would prevent Britain from striking trade deals with countries beyond the bloc.

     
  • UK Official: Lawmakers Could Rescind Brexit Notice to Prevent “No Deal”

    January 17, 2019

    The Guardian reports that, in a telephone briefing for business leaders, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond asserted that the British Parliament could take the prospect of a “no deal” Brexit off the table by rescinding the notification of the UK’s intent to withdraw from the EU.

     
 
  • IS Kills Four Americans in Suicide Attack in Syria

    January 17, 2019

    The Islamic State (IS) has claimed credit for the killing of four Americans - members of the armed forces and contractors - in a suicide bombing attack in the Syrian city of Manbij on the Turkish border, indicating the resilience of IS forces that remain poised for resurgence.

     
  • IS Continues Global Online Recruitment of Teens

    January 17, 2019

    Despite the group’s military defeat in core caliphate territories, the online recruitment strategy of the Islamic State (IS) remains highly effective in the sophisticated use of diverse social media to reel in teens for global jihadi activities.

     
  • Turkey Demands Extradition of NBA Player from US

    January 17, 2019

    Turkey’s Islamist government has filed a request with Interpol for an international arrest warrant targeting New York Knicks NBA star Enes Kanter, seeking to extradite him from America to face charges related to his public declarations of support for the competing movement of Fetullah Gulen.