UN Officials Criticize Military-Based Counterterrorism Approach

April 17, 2015

Two UN Special Rapporteurs have issued a press release calling on countries to "re-think" approaches to counterterrorism based on law enforcement and military responses in favor of a human rights-based approach that confronts non-religious causes of terrorism.

Ericsson Adopts NGO Human Rights Reporting Framework

April 15, 2015

A "Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report" from communications company Ericsson claims to be the first such report in its sector to follow the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, created by the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") Shift and Mazars to push corporate human rights reporting.

Economist: UN's Development Goals Will Fail

April 14, 2015

An article in The Economist argues that the UN's proposed set of Sustainable Development Goals, a list of 169 targets relating to poverty, infrastructure, and the climate to be achieved by 2030, is an unrealistic wish list that "is being set up to fail."

EU Diplomat: New Swiss Immigration Referendum Is "Inevitable"

April 10, 2015

EUobserver reports that Deputy Secretary General of the EU diplomatic service Maciej Popowski has predicted that a new Swiss referendum, stepping back from restrictions on immigration from the EU, is "inevitable" and says Switzerland must "change logic" regarding these restrictions.

 

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  • UN Criticizes U.K., EU over Handling of Migration

    April 20, 2015

    The Guardian reports that UN High Commissioner for Refugees Laurens Jolles blames election rhetoric and politics in the U.K. and other EU countries for what he views as an insufficient rescue operation for migrants in the Mediterranean, and calls for broader legal avenues for migration to Europe.

     
  • NGOs: U.S. Undermines Human Rights Standards

    April 20, 2015

    Meeting at Hunter College in New York City, a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") offered a preview of the U.S.'s upcoming UN human rights review by criticizing the country's record on human rights, including access to health care, water shutoffs in Detroit, and various counterterrorism measures.

     
  • UNOHCHR Pressures Israel over "Administrative Detentions"

    April 15, 2015

    The UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights ("UNOHCHR") has called for a halt to Israel's detention of Palestinian prisoners under administrative orders by either releasing the prisoners or prosecuting them "with all the judicial guarantees required by international human rights law."

     
 
  • UN Puts Pressure on Businesses over "Climate Finance"

    April 20, 2015

    At a recent Washington, D.C. meeting on finance and climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on businesses and governments to step up their support for the UN Green Climate Fund, which redistributes money to developing countries to support their efforts to combat and adapt to global warming.

     
  • NGOs Blame Businesses for Neglect of Youth Rights in Africa

    April 15, 2015

    The nongovernmental organizations Amnesty International and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa have launched an initiative, labeled #AfricaNot4Sale, designed to demand "corporate accountability" for the nonrealization of so-called "economic, social, and cultural" human rights of young people in Africa.

     
  • UN Pushes ESG in Development Finance

    April 15, 2015

    In a recent panel at the Third International Financing for Development Conference at the UN, a UN Global Compact panel pushed for the consideration of environmental, social, and governance ("ESG") factors in investment decisions of governments and corporations.

     
 
  • NGO Takes U.K. to Court over EU Air Directive

    April 17, 2015

    The Evening Standard reports that the U.K. Supreme Court is hearing a case brought by the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") ClientEarth seeking a ruling to require the British Government to comply with rules under the EU Air Quality Directive by reducing air pollution.

     
  • EU Criticizes EFTA Members for Not Implementing Directives

    April 17, 2015

    The EU agency monitoring the compliance of countries in the European Free Trade Association ("EFTA") with EU legislation has criticized these countries for their failure to quickly implement EU directives through national legislation.

     
  • TTIP Negotiators Propose Central Regulatory Body

    April 17, 2015

    EurActiv reports that negotiators of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ("TTIP") deal between the U.S. and the EU have proposed a central regulatory monitoring body that would oversee the reforms to economic regulation in the U.S. and Europe required under the agreement.

     
 
  • OIC Leader Says Islamist Militants Misinterpret Jihad

    April 20, 2015

    The Secretary General of the global, multilateral Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") criticized militant extremists such as the Islamic State ("IS") for their erroneous interpretation of jihad, which he defined as a Muslim's way of becoming a good person, rather than ISIS's willingness to kill women and children and for failure to fight Israel.

     
  • OIC Plans Expanded Engagement with China

    April 20, 2015

    An official delegation from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") is arriving in China to discuss expanding areas of engagement between "the Muslim world and China," as well as to address the Israeli-Palestinian issue, OIC concerns about Islamophobia and the condition of Muslims in China.

     
  • Malaysian Hardline Islamists Try to Brand Anti-Terrorism Laws as Biased Against Islam

    April 20, 2015

    The Malaysian branch of the global Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir, whose declared aim is the establishment of a worldwide caliphate and a rejection of democracy, has denounced Malaysia's new anti-terrorism legislation as the promotion of "Western bias" that fails to differentiate between "extremism versus legitimate jihad against enemies of Islam."