European Sovereignty Network

 The European Sovereignty Network is dedicated to promoting transparency and accountability in the various pan-European political, economic, legal, and security institutions. ESN monitors the work of the European Court of Human Rights, European Parliament, and other institutions and reports on the resulting threats to national sovereignty, individual freedom, and the rule of law. Click here to access the ESN main page.

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ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Oxfam Calls for "Gold Standard" in Agricultural Investment

Despite the willingness of companies investing in agriculture in developing countries to support educational and social programs there, Oxfam has criticized such corporations for allegedly undermining local farmers and has published what it calls a "gold standard" to guide investments in agriculture.

ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

NGOs Develop Framework for Business Reporting on Human Rights

The nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") Shift and the Human Rights Resource Centre, as well as the accounting firm Mazars, have published their findings from a consultation on their calls for an expanded business and human rights reporting framework at global corporations.

ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Oxfam Seeks Proliferation of Human Rights Impact Tool

Oxfam America has called for proposals to fund a "community-driven tool" that encourages people to use human rights impact assessments to pressure governments and businesses to resolve a broad array of what they view as human rights "threats."

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

NGOs Express Concern over Ireland's Low Tax Rate

Shane Darcy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights examines concerns from a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") that the low corporate tax rate in Ireland prevents the Irish Government from upholding its citizens' human rights.

ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

Activists Seek to Diminish Business Role in "Sustainability" Goals

Civil society activists have expressed alarm that "private sector actors" could "drown out" calls from civil society for a transformative set of Post-2015 UN Sustainability Goals and are seeking a commitment from organizers that businesses that wish to participate respect and report on human rights.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SOVEREIGNTY

ECONOMICS, FINANCE & TRADE

World Bank Adviser Pushes Greater Global Economic Governance

Economic adviser to the investing arm of the World Bank Jim O'Neill calls for the U.S. and Europe to make way for countries with developing economies to play a greater role in global economic governance at international financial institutions.

HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIETY & CULTURE

Book Explores Tocqueville's European Implications

In a new book, Zbigniew Rau and Marek Tracz-Tryniecki consider the application of the views of 19th-century French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville in the context of contemporary European society.

SECURITY, DIPLOMACY

India to Seek Global Governance of Internet at Brazil Conference

The International Business Times reports that India plans to call for an end of the U.S.'s authority over aspects of the internet at an upcoming conference in Brazil and will propose an "Equinet" in which all countries have "equal rights" over internet governance.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

Solidarity Center Submits Shadow Report to UN Committee against Torture

Report encourages Committee members to respect due process and rule of law in conducting upcoming review of Holy See report under the Convention against Torture.

ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

UN Calls for "Unprecedented" Action to Counter Global Warming

A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called for global cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explores experimental options such as removing emissions from the air and burying them underground.

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UN TREATY WATCH

HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIETY & CULTURE

UN Expert Calls on U.K. to Address "Scourge" of Violence Against Women

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo has called for a greater government response in the U.K. to the country's "scourge" of violence against women, pinning part of the blame for such violence on British austerity measures.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

UN Rapporteur Decries Military Spending

UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas has urged governments to decrease their military spending by an estimated ten percent and divert this funding to projects such as humanitarian efforts and climate change reduction.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

UN Adopts Measure Bolstering Human Rights Treaty Reporting

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution increasing the meeting time of the UN human rights treaty bodies, which monitor countries' compliance with UN treaty obligations, and providing for expanded involvement of the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights in promoting human rights compliance.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

OHCHR Criticizes U.S. for Execution of Mexican National

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ("OHCHR") has argued that the U.S. is in breach of its international treaty obligations due to the execution by the State of Texas of a Mexican national who was not permitted to consult with Mexican consular authorities.

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE

Bayefsky: Failure of Obama Foreign Policy on Display at HRC

UN watchdog and commentator Anne Bayefsky writes that the UN Human Rights Council's ("HRC") attacks on U.S. values and on Israel during its recent session demonstrate the ineffectiveness of the Obama Administration's conscientiously multilateral approach to foreign policy.

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