NGO Condemns UNHRC for Failure on Rights

May 25, 2016

In testimony at the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Executive Director of UN Watch Hillel Neuer asserted that the UN Human Rights Council has violated its charter by electing systemic human rights violators as members and targeting Israel for special scrutiny.

ECB Bond-Buying Sparks New German Lawsuit

May 18, 2016

German law professors and business representatives have filed a lawsuit in the German Constitutional Court challenging the authority of the European Central Bank to make extensive purchases of government bonds and to begin buying corporate bonds, arguing that the challenged program risks the funds of German taxpayers at the country's central bank.

UN Trains Journalists to Embrace "Intercultural Sensitivity"

May 11, 2016

UNESCO recently hosted a workshop in Nairobi for journalism teachers and practitioners from Africa and the US aimed at developing "interculturally sensitive editorial policies" in media and encouraging journalists to take part in campaigns opposing "xenophobia, racism, and other hatreds" that might cause violence.

AG Subpoenas Exxon Contact with Civil Society

May 04, 2016

As part of a campaign by US state attorneys general to hold energy company ExxonMobil liable for allegedly false communications on the science of climate change, Attorney General ("AG") of the US Virgin Islands Claude Walker has subpoenaed communications between Exxon and 90 organizations "engaged in research or advocacy" on global warming.

 

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  • Ban Appoints Envoys on El NiƱo, Climate Change

    May 25, 2016

    Warning that climate change will exacerbate the effects of weather events in the future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed as his Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and a "climate justice" campaigner, and Macharia Kamau, a UN diplomat from Kenya.

     
  • UN Agents Praise UPR Support of Reproductive Rights

    May 25, 2016

    A group of officials from the UN Population Fund has published an article praising the rise in recommendations to governments on sexual and reproductive health rights, which they interpret to include abortion rights, under the UN's Universal Periodic Review process.

     
  • US, Nordic Nations Agree to Climate Action

    May 25, 2016

    The Washington Post reports that the White House and leaders from five Nordic countries have adopted an agreement to apply stringent environmental standards to commercial activities in the Arctic region in order to avoid exacerbating the effects of global warming.

     
 
  • NGOs Launch Government BHR Reporting Initiative

    May 25, 2016

    The Global Reporting Initiative and Danish Institute for Human Rights have launched an initiative that pushes governments to report their progress toward a national action plan on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and toward implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

     
  • Global Aviation Emissions Curbs Would Cost Billions

    May 23, 2016

    Reuters reports that the International Air Transport Association has estimated that the cost for businesses of a global agreement on airline greenhouse gas emissions to be agreed by governments at a fall assembly of the International Civil Aviatiation Organization would be $6.2 billion in the year 2025 and $24 billion by the year 2035.

     
  • Paper Encourages Judges to Require Climate Action

    May 23, 2016

    David Estrin of the Centre for International Governance Innovation calls on courts to use citizen lawsuits as vehicles to require government actors to regulate corporate greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change.

     
 
  • FRA Joins Talks on German Intelligence Activities

    May 27, 2016

    As part of its project on safeguards for fundamental rights in national intelligence and surveillance operations, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights recently participated in a conference hosted by the German Institute for Human Rights on integrating constitutional and human rights law in Germany's foreign intelligence activities.

     
  • FRA: EU States Have Duty to "Empower" Migrants

    May 25, 2016

    At a Rule of Law Dialogue organized by the Dutch Presidency of the EU, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O’Flaherty called on EU member states to fulfill their "responsibilities to engage, empower and support migrants" to uphold the rule of law.

     
  • Bootle: Brexit Would Shield Britain from Euro Collapse

    May 23, 2016

    British economist Roger Bootle writes that a British vote to depart the EU would permit the UK to avoid the risk of remaining within the margins of a potential United States of Europe and would partially shield the country from any break-up or collapse of the euro currency.

     
 
  • Observers: Microsoft Faces Dilemma on Cooperation with Egypt

    May 27, 2016

    Foreign Policy reports that tech company Microsoft is facing a difficult situation after being invited to speak at a UN Security Council meeting hosted by Egypt on countering online extremism, as the company must find a road between restricting propaganda from the Islamic State and shutting down legitimate criticism of the country's military-led government.

     
  • Dutch Law Permits Stripping Citizenship from IS Fighters

    May 25, 2016

    Politico reports that the Netherlands has passed a law permitting authorities to revoke, without a court order, the citizenship of dual nationals who have joined the Islamic State.

     
  • Meeting Highlights Bahai Persecution in Iran

    May 23, 2016

    The New York Times reports that a high-profile meeting between Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of a prominent Iranian ayatollah and former president, and a member of the Bahai religious minority in Iran has sparked a conversation on the harsh treatment of the Bahai people in the country and has drawn condemnation from Iranian judges and clerics.