UN Agents Push to Impose Input on US Prison Reform

July 22, 2015

Following US President Barack Obama's visit to an Oklahoma prison and remarks on criminal justice reform, two UN human rights agents have called on the President to permit them to visit US officials and facilities in order to provide expertise "to ensure that prison reforms are implemented in accordance with international human rights standards."

Erlanger: Euro May "Shatter" EU Project

July 17, 2015

Steven Erlanger of The New York Times writes that the Greek financial crisis has highlighted how the introduction of the euro, rather than hastening "ever closer union," could potentially pull the EU apart.

Chardell: BRICS May Push US Toward Global Governance Reform

July 15, 2015

Daniel Chardell of the Council on Foreign Relations writes that the US must address the rise of the BRICS group of countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - by reforming the shortcomings of the Western-oriented global governance system.

Economist Criticizes Proliferation of UN Development Goals

July 08, 2015

Economist Bibek Debroy has expressed concern that the UN's proposed Sustainable Development Goals, which will seek to guide global development policies for the next 15 years, are too broad and vague to be implemented and would be impossible to measure.

 

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  • IMF Calls for Stronger EU Governance Framework

    July 28, 2015

    In a recent survey, the International Monetary Fund ("IMF") has called for strengthened EU governance and oversight, with less discretion among national governments in applying rules, in order to support the creation of "a single market in capital, transport, energy and the digital economy."

     
  • UN Committee: Scotland's "Stop-and-Frisk" Violates Rights

    July 27, 2015

    The UN Human Rights Committee has called for Scotland to repeal legislation permitting its law enforcement officers to stop and search people without reasonable suspicion that they have committed a crime.

     
  • UN Committee Criticizes Northern Ireland on Abortion Laws

    July 27, 2015

    In a recent report, the UN Human Rights Committee called upon Northern Ireland to address the Committee's human rights concerns in a number of areas, including by loosening its abortion restrictions and revising its policies on criminal justice for minors.

     
 
  • Consulting Firm Pushes Fossil Fuel Divestment Agenda

    July 28, 2015

    The global consulting firm Mercer has joined environmental activists and UN officials in a report warning that investors in companies and assets that are reliant on fossil fuels are taking on large risks as governments and international organizations ramp up efforts to take on climate change.

     
  • Academic: Human Rights Law Fails to Limit Climate Change

    July 28, 2015

    Stephen Humphreys of the London School of Economics laments that, so far, despite what he sees as convincing evidence that climate change violates human rights, the human rights movement has failed to influence the economic drivers of global warming, such as corporations seeking to make a profit.

     
  • Proposal Seeks Mandatory EU Conflict Minerals Reporting

    July 28, 2015

    Dynda Thomas of Squire Patton Boggs writes that a proposal from the European Parliament would require nearly 900,000 European companies to issue public reports on their use of conflict minerals from war-torn areas in their products and would not provide a geographic limitation on the source of minerals that trigger the requirement.

     
 
  • Oxley: Obama's "Brexit" Warning Is Not in UK Interests

    July 27, 2015

    Robert Oxley of the group Business for Britain writes that US President Barack Obama's most recent call for the UK to remain in the EU is based on the US's hostile treatment in Europe and argues that the President should instead be calling for real EU reform.

     
  • Der Spiegel: Germany Open to Eurozone Budget, Taxes

    July 27, 2015

    According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, sources within the German finance ministry say Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is open to the appointment of a eurozone finance minister with a budget and authority to raise taxes.

     
  • US President Pushes UK to Remain in EU

    July 24, 2015

    US President Barack Obama has repeated his calls for the UK to remain within the EU, arguing that Britain is a more valuable partner to the US within the bloc.

     
 
  • Egypt Faces Challenge of Using Human Rights for Countering Islamist Terrorism

    July 28, 2015

    Egypt's government is struggling to find a balance between a human rights-based security strategy and a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy as a means to finding a durable solution to the huge uptick in transnational Islamist terror attacks that have devastated the country over the year.

     
  • Islamists Use Child Suicide Bombers in Cameroon

    July 28, 2015

    In response to a spate of child suicide bombing attacks in Cameroon believed to have been perpetrated by infiltrators from the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the government has ordered the closure of mosques and Islamic schools to prevent new attacks.

     
  • British Prime Minister Ready for Military Action to Prevent Domestic Islamist Threats

    July 28, 2015

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the government is prepared to safeguard Britain against domestic terror threats from Islamist militants by undertaking air strikes against Islamic State ("IS") targets in Libya and Syria.