Schaefer: Flaws in UNHRC Sparked US Exit

June 20, 2018

Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation argues, using data from the history of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), that the Trump Administration's decision to exit the body is the right one and not indicative of "hostility" toward the international community.

Businesses Join AI Global Governance Initiative

June 20, 2018

NS Tech reports that the Big Innovation Centre, a British think tank, has launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Global Governance Initiative with government stakeholders and businesses including IBM and KPMG with the aim of guiding global policy on AI development.

Hezbollah Networks, Ops Extend to South America

June 20, 2018

Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamist organization that constitutes the majority in Lebanon's government institutions, is operating transcontinental cocaine trafficking networks stretching from the Eastern Mediterranean to South America to secure robust financing for a wide range of transnational Islamist activities.

EU Struggles to Confront Migration Crisis

June 20, 2018

Lorne Cooke writes that policies on the treatment of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East are serving as the foremost wedge driving apart EU member states and could throw the supranational bloc into political disarray.

 

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  • Haley Criticizes UN Report on "Extreme Poverty" in US

    June 22, 2018

    US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has characterized a report from a UN human rights mandate holder criticizing the US for permitting "extreme poverty" within its borders as a "patently ridiculous" attempt by the international organization to politicize human rights and as a way to deflect attention away from regimes that engage in actual rights abuses.

     
  • UN Rights Chief Condemns US Migration Policy

    June 22, 2018

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has weighed in on the US debate over immigration policy, labeling it a matter of human rights that the Trump Administration abandon its "unconscionable" policy of separating children from their parents entering the US illegally or to claim asylum.

     
  • Schaefer: Flaws in UNHRC Sparked US Exit

    June 20, 2018

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation argues, using data from the history of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), that the Trump Administration's decision to exit the body is the right one and not indicative of "hostility" toward the international community.

     
 
  • ILO Sets up Labor Rights Program in Palestine

    June 22, 2018

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder recently visited the "Occupied Palestinian Territory" to participate in a signing ceremony setting up a Palestinian Decent Work Programme for the years 2018 to 2022 aiming to encourage officials to strengthen labor rights and increase social protections for Palestinian workers.

     
  • Businesses Join AI Global Governance Initiative

    June 20, 2018

    NS Tech reports that the Big Innovation Centre, a British think tank, has launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Global Governance Initiative with government stakeholders and businesses including IBM and KPMG with the aim of guiding global policy on AI development.

     
  • NGO Demands Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence

    June 13, 2018

    The European Coalition for Corporate Justice has published a report listing the features national lawmakers must include in legislation mandating "comprehensive" corporate human rights due diligence addressing risks of violating "all relevant human rights and environmental standards" throughout global supply chains.

     
 
  • Belgian PM Seeks Rule of Law "Peer Review" in EU

    June 22, 2018

    Politico reports that Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has called for a "peer review" system among European countries to review potential threats to the rule of law in the region, arguing that such a mechanism would sidestep national sovereignty concerns inherent in a process that centers in the EU institutions.

     
  • EU Struggles to Confront Migration Crisis

    June 20, 2018

    Lorne Cooke writes that policies on the treatment of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East are serving as the foremost wedge driving apart EU member states and could throw the supranational bloc into political disarray.

     
  • Austria Seeks External Migration Centers Outside EU Structures

    June 13, 2018

    EUobserver reports that, in an effort to revive support for free movement rules within the Schengen area in light of mass migration, a group of EU member states led by Austria is negotiating a proposal to fund migrant camps outside the EU through which asylum seekers could apply to enter the bloc.

     
 
  • IS Terrorist Receives Death Sentence in Indonesia

    June 22, 2018

    The high court of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim majority country and the setting of increased radical Islamist activity and a spate of Islamic State (IS) attacks in recent years, has sent an anti-jihadist message through the death sentence for an IS-affiliated Muslim cleric convicted of masterminding a terrorist attack against civilian targets.

     
  • Brief Afghan Ceasefire Ends with Taliban Jihad

    June 22, 2018

    Though the cessation of hostilities has raised cautious optimism about a renewal in the effort to end the war, the brief ceasefire between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban ended with the Islamists back to the battlefield to continue the jihadist struggle to impose sharia across the country.

     
  • Burial of Remains in Iraq Reveals Prevalence of IS Foreign Fighters

    June 22, 2018

    The process of recovering and burying the remains of Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq areas liberated from the caliphate is revealing the prevalence of foreign fighters from countries of the Caucasus, including Russian Chechnya and Georgia, as well as Western countries.