EU Leaders Eye Alternative Rule of Law Mechanism

February 15, 2017

Politico reports that, as EU officials find it difficult to threaten the Polish Government over its conflict with the country's Constitutional Court, some leaders are considering taking up a proposal from Belgium requiring the European Commission to investigate "rule of law" concerns in each EU country as part of a periodic review process.

UN Chief Points to "Islamophobia" as IS Recruiting Tool

February 15, 2017

At a joint news conference in Saudi Arabia with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asserted that "Islamophobic" policies and hate speech in Western countries in some cases provide "the best support" for recruiting by Islamic extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS).

White House Seeks Suspension of Minerals Rule

February 15, 2017

Reuters reports that a draft Trump Administration directive, citing large business costs related to a US Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring disclosure of whether companies use "conflict minerals" from war-torn areas of Africa in their products, proposes a two-year suspension of the rule and a review of its consequences.

UN Chief: Israeli Settlement Measure Violates Law

February 15, 2017

In line with the recent UN Security Council resolution seeking to block further development of Israeli settlements in "occupied" Palestinian territory, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has declared that an Israeli measure legalizing some of these settlements violates international law and will lead to "far-reaching legal consequences" for Israel.

 

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  • NGO Reports Anti-Israel Posts from UNRWA Staff

    February 17, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization UN Watch has published a report aggregating a series of instances in which teachers and staffers of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria posted anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content on their social media pages.

     
  • Haley Explores UN Peacekeeping Funding Cuts

    February 17, 2017

    The Times of Israel reports that new US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has initiated a "mission-by-mission review" of UN peacekeeping operations around the world in an effort to propose cuts to her country's 29 percent share of the international organization's peacekeeping budget under the Trump Administration.

     
  • Obama UN Spending Hit $9.2 Billion in Final Year

    February 17, 2017

    George Russell reports that, according to US State Department records from the final year of his Administration, US President Barack Obama provided funds in the amount of $9.2 billion to UN agencies, representing a 20 percent increase in spending on the international organization from numbers released in 2010.

     
 
  • WEF Seeks Corporate Support for Urban "Sustainability"

    February 17, 2017

    The World Economic Forum has published a report on how local officials must engage with private companies in fulfilling the UN's New Urban Agenda, an action plan for urban development that seeks to achieve "social, environmental and economic sustainability" in cities around the world.

     
  • UN Group Reviews Cooperation on BHR Enforcement

    February 17, 2017

    The UN Working Group for business and human rights (BHR) issues has issued a survey to countries around the world on instances of cross-border law enforcement cooperation in their implementation of the global BHR agenda, as part of the Working Group's development of international recommendations on effectively combating corporate BHR violations.

     
  • Union Files OECD Complaint over Company's Labor Practices

    February 17, 2017

    UNI Global Union has filed a new complaint with the Spanish National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises against security company Prosegur, alleging that the company violated the global Guidelines by failing to respect the labor rights of its employees in Latin America and India.

     
 
  • ECJ Official: States Must Grant Humanitarian Visas

    February 17, 2017

    Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has concluded that the European Charter of Fundamental Rights requires EU member states to grant visas on humanitarian grounds to applicants from non-EU countries when those applicants are at risk of ill treatment in their country of origin.

     
  • CoE Spotlights Compliance with Rights Judgments

    February 17, 2017

    Increasing pressure on countries in the Council of Europe (CoE) to implement the European human rights agenda, the CoE's Department for the Execution of Judgments has launched a search engine permitting observers to scrutinize the status of governments' execution of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights.

     
  • Hungary Plans Break with EU on Migrant Detention

    February 17, 2017

    Politico reports that, in a move that will stoke tensions with the EU's migrant resettlement policies, the Hungarian Government has announced a plan to retain indefinitely all migrants entering the country in detention facilities, until officials have resolved their immigration status.

     
 
  • EU, OIC Seek Cooperation on Common Interests in Europe

    February 17, 2017

    The EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the 57-member multilateral organization that claims to represent Muslims worldwide, met in Brussels to explore an agenda for intensified dialogue and partnership on issues of common interest in Europe.

     
  • IS Ratchets Up Activities in AfPak Region

    February 17, 2017

    An Islamic State (IS) lethal suicide bombing attack against a famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan signaled the group's campaign to target religious groups considered heretical by the Sunni Muslim militants and marked the ongoing deterioration in the security environment of the geopolitically volatile Afghanistan-Pakistan (AfPak) region of Southwest Asia.

     
  • IS Schools Use Modern Pedagogy for Jihadi Education

    February 17, 2017

    An article in Foreign Policy explores how the Islamic State (IS) leadership uses education to raise generations of jihadis with a carefully designed curriculum combining traditional learning methods with social media and innovative learning apps to seamlessly integrate jihadi training and messages into childhood education.