UN's Draft Development Goals Focus on "Sustainability"

July 23, 2014

The UN has produced a draft document containing a large number of vague and sometimes contradictory goals for "sustainable development" as it seeks to implement an international agenda on environmental protection and economic equality.

Muller: Christian Democracy Is on Decline

July 18, 2014

Jan-Werner Muller has published an article arguing that secularization and disenchantment with the ideal of European integration have caused Christian Democratic parties to decline in favor of nationalist and populist parties.

OECD Calls for Wealth Redistribution

July 11, 2014

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") has published a report calling on countries to establish "effective redistributive policies" to restrict income inequality and promote future economic growth.

HRC Resolution Calls for BHR Treaty Working Group

July 11, 2014

The UN Human Rights Council ("HRC") has adopted a resolution calling for a new working group to develop a binding treaty on business and human rights ("BHR") issues.

 

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  • UN Schools in Gaza Used to Store Rockets

    July 28, 2014

    The UN has announced that it has made two discoveries of rockets stored at UN-run schools in Gaza, and that the first set of rockets, which the UN delivered to local authorities, have since gone missing.

     
  • NGOs Seek End to Capitalism to Advance Environmental Goals

    July 24, 2014

    Meeting in Venezuela, a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") focused on environmental issues issued a declaration calling market-based strategies for reducing global warming ineffective and seeking a change from the capitalist system in order to advance their environmental agenda.

     
  • UNOHCHR Releases Report on Mass Surveillance

    July 23, 2014

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ("UNOHCHR") has published a report describing its views on the responsibilities of governments and businesses worldwide to avoid human rights violations in mass internet and telecommunications surveillance.

     
 
  • UN Holds Meeting on Binding Treaty on Security Companies

    July 23, 2014

    The UN has announced that it is holding a meeting, promoted by Cuba and the African Group, on the development of an "international regulatory framework" for overseeing private military and security companies.

     
  • New Zealand NCP Receives Housing Repair Company Complaint

    July 23, 2014

    OECD Watch reports that a nongovernmental organization has filed a complaint against New Zealand's National Contact Point ("NCP") for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises against a company for its delay in repairing houses following a set of damaging earthquakes in the country.

     
  • IHRB: New UN Rights Chief Must Advance BHR Agenda

    July 23, 2014

    An article from the Institute for Human Rights and Business ("IHRB") argues that the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights must advance the international agenda on business and human rights ("BHR") and promote dialogue in the process to develop a binding treaty on the issue.

     
 
  • European Court Decides Poland Violated Human Rights with CIA Cooperation

    July 28, 2014

    In a controversial decision, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Polish Government violated human rights by cooperating with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") in operating "black sites" - where terror suspects were allegedly taken for interrogation and torture - in its territory.

     
  • Howe Recommends "Zero Plus" U.K. Renegotiation with EU

    July 23, 2014

    Martin Howe QC has published a paper arguing that in the case of a "no" vote in the EU referendum planned in 2017, the U.K. should perform a "zero plus" renegotiation by withdrawing from the EU and choosing which areas of the trade bloc it would be beneficial to rejoin.

     
  • U.K. Government Plans Parliamentary Veto of ECHR Decisions

    July 23, 2014

    According to The Telegraph, the current U.K. Government's plans for replacing the U.K. Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights include giving U.K. Members of Parliament the authority to overrule decisions of the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") in Strasbourg.

     
 
  • ISIS/Islamic State Orders Female Genital Mutilation

    July 28, 2014

    The United Nations is making efforts to investigate the current reports that The Islamic State (formally, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has issued a fatwa (an Islamic religious directive) requiring all women and girls up to the age of 49 in the new entity to be subjected to female genital mutilation.

     
  • Islamist Militants Plan Attack in Norway

    July 28, 2014

    Norway's security forces have been mobilized in response to intelligence reports citing the credible threat of an imminent attack by Islamist militant fighters based in the NATO country and connected to jihadi networks in the Middle East.

     
  • Taliban Sunnis Kill Shiites as Apostates from Islam

    July 28, 2014

    A group of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan killed Shiites hauled from a bus leaving the Afghan capital of Kabul, targeting Shiites for death as apostates from the Sunni version of Islam followed by the Taliban militants.