Schaefer Spotlights "Failings" of UNHRC

August 26, 2015

Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation writes that the UN Human Rights Commission ("UNHRC") has failed in its mandate to address "gross and systematic" human rights violations around the world in favor of focusing on Israeli actions and "niche" issues that have little real-world impact on human rights.

Law Society Outlines Lawyer Role in BHR Agenda

August 14, 2015

Sarah Smith of the Law Society in the UK writes that in a world of "proliferating" standards and laws on business and human rights ("BHR"), including the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, attorneys are playing an increasing role in advising companies on risks from the BHR agenda.

Academic Describes Vision for "Global Legal System"

August 12, 2015

Professor Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo of the University of Salerno Italy predicts the future development of a "global community" in which national sovereignty becomes increasingly irrelevant and describes the duty of judges, scholars, and others to facilitate the construction of a harmonious "global legal system" that governs society.

UN Official Seeks Greater Integration of Rights in SDGs

August 05, 2015

A letter from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein calls for governments to do more in the UN Sustainable Development Goals ("SDGs"), which will set out targets for development to be achieved by 2030, to promote "economic, social, and cultural human rights" and to monitor the treatment of these rights.


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  • UN Agent Calls for Global Migrant Resettlement Program

    August 27, 2015

    Criticizing European countries for failing to open up their borders to increasing numbers of migrants, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François Crépeau has called on these countries to create, with other developed countries, a "massive resettlement program" for up to two million refugees over the next five years.

  • Schaefer: WHO Must Shift Focus to Disease Outbreaks

    August 27, 2015

    Drawing on an independent report criticizing the World Health Organization's ("WHO") response to the recent ebola outbreak in Africa, Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation writes that the WHO must commit more of its budget to its unique mission of dealing with global disease outbreaks, rather than other issues like noncommunicable diseases and substance abuse.

  • NGO Calls for UN Apology for School Facebook Posts

    August 27, 2015

    UN Watch has published a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for the removal of and an apology for two posts on Facebook from a UN Relief and Works Agency school near Damascus containing anti-Semitic images and celebrating attacks against Jewish civilians.

  • Paper Calls for "Global Framework Convention" on BHR

    August 27, 2015

    Finding that a "regulatory gap" exists in the business and human rights ("BHR") agenda and that standards short of a global treaty do not have the potential to close this gap, Tori Loven Kirkebø argues in a recent paper that a "global framework convention" could regulate governments and corporations to the extent required to secure the protection of human rights from business.

  • Academic Seeks Obligations for Companies in International Law

    August 27, 2015

    Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli of the La Sabana University in Colombia writes that the global business and human rights agenda's advancement depends largely upon the recognition, in his view, that corporations, rather than only governments, are subject directly to obligations under international human rights law.

  • OAS Takes up Global BHR Agenda

    August 27, 2015

    An article discusses how the various institutions of the international Organization of American States ("OAS"), including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, have recently begun to pursue the business and human rights ("BHR") agenda of the UN and international activists.

  • Telegraph: Mass Migration Forces EU to Rethink Free Movement

    August 27, 2015

    An editorial in The Telegraph argues that the massive migration numbers in EU countries such as Germany will cause these countries to depart from the "utopian" ideal of free movement within the EU and to rethink "the EU's self-image as a liberal, internationalist project."

  • Germany Seeks Consequences for EU Emissions Targets

    August 27, 2015

    In a position statement distributed over the summer in Brussels, the German Government distinguishes itself from countries like the UK, which calls for a "light-touch" approach on EU greenhouse gas emissions targets, by calling for binding consequences for countries that do not meet the targets.

  • British MPs: ECHR Provides Drug Use Protection

    August 27, 2015

    In a recent report, the British All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform argues that drug users could invoke the provision in the European Convention on Human Rights ("ECHR"), guaranteeing the right to "private and family life," to support their purchase and possession of drugs.

  • OIC Shows Its Weight at UN by Securing Re-Definition of Terrorism

    August 26, 2015

    In exchange for voting bloc support from the 57-member-state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") for India's proposal at the UN for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism ("CCIT"), India agreed to change the proposed definition of terrorism to reflect the OIC's emphasis on differentiating "national self-determination movements" from terrorism.

  • Egyptian Government Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood Reveals Radicalization of Islamist Base

    August 26, 2015

    Although the leadership in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ("MB") has sharply disagreed over how to respond to the al-Sisi government's crackdown against the MB, the organization's hyper-radicalized base is pressuring the leadership to endorse a strategy for the violent overthrow of the government as part of the jihadi project of creating a transnational caliphate.

  • Al-Shabaab Stages Lethal Attack in Unrelenting Islamist Extremist Fight in Somalia

    August 26, 2015

    The latest lethal car bomb attacks in two Somali cities had all the characteristics of an al-Shabaab operation and underscored the unrelenting fight by the Islamist extremist group to push back against African Union peacekeeping troops and to impose sharia law in Somalia and East Africa.