Lord Judge Expresses Concern on ECtHR Influence

May 27, 2015

Former Lord Chief Justice Judge has indicated that he has “great reservations” about the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) countering decisions of the U.K. Parliament and that the U.K. must make a clear decision on the future of the British Human Rights Act.

Intergovernmental Session Will Discuss Binding BHR Treaty

May 20, 2015

Sudeep Chakravarti writes that an intergovernmental working group meeting in Geneva in July will discuss the development of a binding treaty on business and human rights ("BHR"), following efforts by activists and governments at the UN Human Rights Council to move beyond the UN Guiding Principles on BHR.

Rhodes: Injection of Social Policy Has Politicized Human Rights

May 15, 2015

As the U.K. debates proposals to repeal the country's Human Rights Act in favor of a British Bill of Rights, Aaron Rhodes writes that such political disputes over human rights issues are the result of proponents of global governance seeking to expand the concept of human rights to accomplish social policy goals.

Article Warns of Decline of Global Governance

May 13, 2015

Stewart Patrick and Isabella Bennett of the Council on Foreign Relations argue that the authority of global governance institutions has recently declined to the detriment of countries' ability to deal with transnational problems.


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  • WHO Assembly Targets Israel on Health Rights

    May 29, 2015

    UN Watch reports that at the UN's World Health Organization ("WHO") annual assembly, countries singled out Israel, the only country targeted for alleged violations of health rights, in a resolution asserting failure to provide proper medical treatment for people in Palestinian territories and in the Syrian Golan.

  • WHO Pushes "Sexuality-Related Communication"

    May 29, 2015

    The UN's World Health Organization ("WHO") has published a report calling for policy-makers and healthcare training institutions to help make "brief sexuality-related communication" part of the provision of primary healthcare.

  • NGO Seeks to Measure UN Education Goals

    May 29, 2015

    Conceding the difficulty of quantifying progress on the proposed, wide-ranging UN Sustainable Development Goals, the nongovernmental organization Open Society Foundations is seeking to measure such goals as achieving “knowledge, values, skills, and attitudes to establish sustainable and peaceful societies.”

  • Oxfam Calls for Corporate Global Warming Commitments

    May 28, 2015

    Oxfam has criticized companies for failing to take sufficient action at a recent UN Business and Climate Summit and has called for businesses to commit to the UN global warming agenda by, among other things, agreeing to "100% renewable electricity goals" and implementing climate adaptation strategies.

  • UN Summit Pushes Climate Policy Among Businesses

    May 28, 2015

    At a recent UN Business and Climate Summit hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") in Paris, speakers called for businesses to align their operations with the UN climate change agenda and for governments around the world to place a tax on carbon emissions.

  • Asian Exchanges Join UN Sustainability Initiative

    May 27, 2015

    Four East Asian stock exchanges recently joined the UN’s Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative, which requires these exchanges to push businesses they list to report on their social and environmental impacts, bringing the total number of exchanges in the initiative to 23.

  • Pearson: ECHR-Inspired Act Makes Britain Less Safe

    May 29, 2015

    Allison Pearson writes that the U.K. Human Rights Act, which requires British judges to "take into account" rulings from a supranational court on the European Convention on Human Rights ("ECHR"), makes the British people less safe by hamstringing the authority of the government to protect them.

  • Elliott: Not All U.K. Businesses Favor EU

    May 29, 2015

    Matthew Elliott of Business for Britain writes that, far from presenting a unified voice in favor of staying in the EU, business leaders in the U.K. have a wide range of opinions on whether Britain should remain in the bloc and tend to back calls for EU reform.

  • Hannan Outlines U.K.-EU Reforms Acceptable to Euroskeptics

    May 28, 2015

    U.K. Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan writes that, prior to the country's EU referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron could satisfy British euroskeptics by asserting parliamentary sovereignty over EU authority and negotiating the ability to make trade deals with non-EU countries.

  • OIC Islamophobia Report Condemns Free Speech as Cause for Negative Stereotyping of Muslims

    May 29, 2015

    News agencies in Kuwait and Pakistan have previewed the forthcoming Eighth Report on Islamophobia prepared by the Islamophobia Observatory of the global Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC"), which argues that freedoms of speech and expression are the primary causes for worldwide increases in "negative stereotyping and popular negative attitudes towards Islam and Muslims."

  • OSCE Chief Calls on Muslim Communities to Stand Against Anti-Semitism in Europe

    May 29, 2015

    The Personal Representative of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe ("OSCE") Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism called on Muslim communities and leaders gathered in Azerbaijan at the Third World Forum on Intercultural Dialogues to take a more vigorous stand against anti-Semitism in Europe.

  • OIC Foreign Ministers Discuss Islamic Sectarianism as Threat to Muslim Unity

    May 28, 2015

    The Foreign Ministers of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took the lead in focusing the opening session of the 42nd annual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") on possible OIC responses to Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence, calling for the organization's member-states to counter "sectarian terrorism and fanaticism as the most dangerous threat to the Islamic nation," in a reference to the OIC's mandate to protect the interests of the "global Muslim community," or umma.