AI Seeks UN Global Governance on Conflict, Human Rights

February 25, 2015

Secretary General of Amnesty International ("AI") Salil Shetty writes that governments should cooperate to "unshackle" the UN by giving the organization the authority to more easily intervene in armed conflicts and in human rights violations around the world.

U.S. State Department Announces Process for BHR Plan

February 18, 2015

The U.S. State Department has issued answers to "frequently asked questions" regarding its development of a "national action plan" on business and human rights ("BHR") indicating that application of the plan to business conduct will take place both in the domestic sphere and around the world.

ECHR Maintains U.K. Prisoner Voting Ban Violates Convention

February 11, 2015

The European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") has issued a ruling reiterating its finding that the U.K.'s blanket ban on prisoner voting is a human rights violation but declining to order the payment of monetary damages to the complainants.

NGOs Launch Consultations on Binding BHR Treaty

February 04, 2015

A pair of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have initiated consultations with groups around the world seeking to shape proposed provisions for a binding international treaty on business and human rights ("BHR").

 

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  • Ban Calls for Strengthened UN Mandate on "Transnational" Issues

    February 25, 2015

    Emphasizing that the UN Charter is a "living document," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global cooperation on "transnational" issues including public health and climate change and has argued that UN pressure on countries' human rights issues has strengthened their sovereignty.

     
  • India Organizes Global Renewable Energy Federation

    February 25, 2015

    Indian Union Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that his government will seek to form a federation of 50 "solar power-rich" countries that will cooperate with international organizations to pressure countries around the world to invest in solar energy.

     
  • Mariaschin Criticizes UN's Heavy Focus on Israel

    February 25, 2015

    Daniel Mariaschin of B'nai B'rith International writes that the disproportionate focus of the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council on Israel "marginalizes the United Nations as a reliable venue for conflict resolution" and is evidence of a "failed system."

     
 
  • Framework Seeks Broad Corporate Human Rights Reporting

    February 25, 2015

    The nongovernmental organization Shift and the accountancy firm Mazars have published the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, which calls for companies to publicly report their actions on a broad range of issues relating to the international business and human rights agenda.

     
  • Nieuwenkamp: NCP System Succeeds in Business Pressure

    February 25, 2015

    Rolf Nieuwenkamp of the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation ("OECD") working party on responsible business conduct praises the OECD's national contact point ("NCP") system for its work pressuring businesses to implement the international corporate social responsibility agenda.

     
  • Law Firm Outlines NCP Pressure on Businesses

    February 25, 2015

    Arent Fox LLP has published an article describing the work of national contact points ("NCPs") under the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and how they influence corporate adherence to the international corporate responsibility agenda.

     
 
  • EU Pushes Federalization of Energy Regulation

    February 25, 2015

    The Guardian reports that the European Commission is set to announce plans to centralize authority over energy policy in the EU at the expense of national energy regulators in the bloc's member states.

     
  • EU Considers Complaint Against U.K. Religious Schools

    February 25, 2015

    The Daily Mail reports that the European Commission is considering a complaint against religious schools in Britain for employment discrimination in the hiring of staff members on the basis of their religious beliefs.

     
  • ECHR Upholds Ruling Against Poland on CIA Cooperation

    February 25, 2015

    The European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") has rejected a challenge by Polish officials to overturn its judgment that Poland engaged in human rights violations by permitting the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") to allegedly abuse terrorism suspects on its soil.

     
 
  • Islamic State Continues Targeting Christians with New Hostages in Syria

    February 25, 2015

    The Islamic State ("IS") continues to target Christians for persecution, kidnap ransom, and death, following last week's mass beheading of 21 Coptic Christians with this week's kidnapping of 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria.

     
  • Islamist Fighters Returning to Europe Pose Societal and Security Problems

    February 25, 2015

    With approximately 20-30% of Europe's estimated 4000 jihadi fighters already returning home from Syria and Iraq, European policymakers now face challenges in finding durable solutions for those returnees, who are a weight on penal systems and a potential security threat due to social fragmentation and Islamist radicalization.

     
  • Boko Haram Regionalizes Sharia Push and Jihadi Collaborations in Africa

    February 25, 2015

    The past two weeks have seen a string of suicide bombings and guerrilla attacks indicating that the hardline Islamist extremist group Boko Haram is expanding beyond its goal of making Nigeria into a sharia state, to a regional jihadi strategy built on collaboration with the Islamic State ("IS") and aiming at establishment of sharia rule across sub-Saharan Africa.