U.S. State Department Explains NAP Process

March 25, 2015

At a recent forum in Berkeley, California, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby argued that the U.S. should respond to the international community's pressure for a national action plan ("NAP") on business and human rights and look for examples from other countries in its NAP development process.

UN Panel Calls for Referral of Syria Conflict to ICC

March 18, 2015

A report from the UN's Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, tasked with monitoring human rights violations related to the Syrian civil war, has called for the UN Security Council to refer these violations to the International Criminal Court ("ICC").

UNHRC Pushes Discussion on Human Rights and Climate Change

March 11, 2015

The UN Human Rights Council ("UNHRC") recently hosted a full-day event featuring UN officials, national government representatives, and activists seeking recognition that global warming violates human rights, particularly economic, social, and cultural rights, around the world.

Report Finds EU Influences Nearly Two-Thirds of U.K. Law

March 04, 2015

A new study from the nongovernmental organization Business for Britain has found that approximately 65% of U.K. laws are related to regulations and directives passed by the EU.

 

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  • OSCE Presses for Human Rights-Compliant Anti-Terrorism Efforts

    March 25, 2015

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ("OSCE") Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights recently held a workshop in Warsaw training counter-terrorism experts to respond to foreign terrorist fighters in "a human rights-compliant and gender-sensitive manner."

     
  • UN Continues Criticism of Israel over "Occupied Territories"

    March 25, 2015

    As the UN continues its criticism of Israel for alleged human rights violations in Palestinian territories, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri has accused Israeli officials of "persistent impunity" in military operations in these territories.

     
  • UN Pushes Israeli Re-commitment to "Two-State" Solution

    March 25, 2015

    In a call with re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the leader to re-commit the Israeli Government to a two-state solution with Palestine and pushed him to release tax revenue he says is owed to the Palestinian Authority.

     
 
  • Letter Calls for U.S. Museum Divestment from Fossil Fuels

    March 25, 2015

    The Guardian reports that in an effort to fight global warming, a letter from scientists and museum professionals calls on U.S. museums to reject funds from donors whose money comes from oil, gas, and coal initiatives.

     
  • UN Collaborates with China on "Green Finance"

    March 25, 2015

    The UN Environment Programme and the International Institute for Sustainable Development are working with the Chinese Government on a report that encourages financial institutions in China to take environmental and social factors into account when making investment decisions.

     
  • NGO Pushes BHR Due Diligence in Switzerland

    March 23, 2015

    The nongovernmental organization the Swiss Coalition for Corporate Justice is launching a popular initiative in Switzerland that would require companies to perform human rights and environmental due diligence throughout their operations.

     
 
  • British MPs Criticize BBC Coverage of EU

    March 25, 2015

    Members of Parliament ("MPs") on the U.K. European Scrutiny Committee have published a report criticizing the British Broadcasting Corporation ("BBC") for allegedly biased coverage on issues relating to the EU.

     
  • Arnheim: U.K. Courts Not Required to Submit to ECHR

    March 25, 2015

    The think tank Civitas has published a paper by barrister Dr. Michael Arnheim arguing that U.K. courts have gone beyond British law in adhering to judgments of the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") and calling for legislation making clear that British judges are only subject to Parliamentary sovereignty.

     
  • EU Leaders Proceed with Energy Union Plans

    March 25, 2015

    EurActiv reports that government leaders in the European Council broadly agreed to proceed with developing an "energy union" in the EU, though specific details of such a union remain undecided.

     
 
  • Western Sanctions Against Russia Help OIC Expansion in Geostrategically Important Central Asia

    March 23, 2015

    Euro-American economic sanctions imposed on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine's civil war have begun to produce geopolitical blowback, as Moscow policymakers are considering a turn to Islamic financial sources to substitute for closed access to international capital markets, a move that will deepen the political-economic influence and sharia-promotion strategies of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") in Russia and Central Asia.

     
  • Controversy in Afghanistan Follows Woman's Stoning Death for Blasphemy Under Sharia Law

    March 23, 2015

    The death by stoning of a mentally disabled woman in Afghanistan's capital city by a vigilante mob that accused her of blasphemy against Islam has laid bare the continuing dominance of fundamentalist Islamist laws and values against international human rights norms, despite more than a decade of U.S.-led international programs for implementing rule-of-law governance in Afghanistan.

     
  • IMF Confronts Global Expansion of Islamic Finance

    March 23, 2015

    The International Monetary Fund ("IMF") has launched several new working groups to explore the fiscal and monetary implications of the growing global presence of sharia-compliant/compatible products and practices, as well as to consider the implications of the growing penetration of Islamic finance and banking in many IMF member countries.