UN Working Group: African-Americans Face "Human Rights Crisis"

February 03, 2016

Following a visit to the US, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent blamed official impunity and racist ideology for a "human rights crisis" facing African-Americans and called on officials to take measures to address "Afrophobia" and end the "epidemic of racial violence" in US law enforcement.

UN Considers Levies for Aid Funding

January 27, 2016

AFP reports that a UN humanitarian-financing study considers the potential use of "micro-taxes" on goods and services, such as airfare or tickets to sporting events, or from mandatory alms given by Muslims to fund the international organization's humanitarian-assistance agenda.

Paper Calls for Democratic Global Governance System

January 20, 2016

Leigh Phillips of the Transnational Institute writes that the lack of direct accountability of European and global governance structures to the people they govern requires the demolition of these structures in favor of, respectively, a "United States of Europe" and a world democracy that better respond to the calls of the progressive agenda.

Financial Body Develops Task Force on Climate Reporting

January 13, 2016

An article from the Centre for International Governance Innovation ("CIGI") explores what a Climate Disclosure Task Force created by the Financial Stability Board, an international body that makes recommendations regarding the global financial system, should do to improve accountability of businesses for their actions on the UN sustainability agenda.

 

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  • Activists Seek UN Investigation of US Water Contamination

    February 09, 2016

    The nongovernmental organization Detroit Water Brigade has called for the UN Special Rapporteur on the management of hazardous materials Baskut Tuncak to visit Flint, Michigan, to investigate whether water contamination in that city violates international treaties.

     
  • UN Official: Zika Virus Shows Need for "Reproductive Health" Rights

    February 09, 2016

    Responding to government warnings in countries affected by the Zika virus to delay pregnancies, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for increased access to "sexual and reproductive health services," including emergency contraception and abortion, in these countries.

     
  • Barfield: US-EU Data Deal Faces Obstacles

    February 08, 2016

    Claude Barfield of the American Enterprise Institute writes that, despite the trumpeting of a new data-privacy arrangement by US and EU officials, the apparently limited reforms included in the deal will promote skepticism of its merits by national officials and encourage lawsuits that may end in its displacement by the Court of Justice of the EU.

     
 
  • Unilever CEO Champions BHR Initiatives

    February 09, 2016

    Paul Polman, CEO of consumer goods company Unilever and Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, writes that companies must implement the UN's business and human rights ("BHR") agenda across their operations in order to advance "sustainability" and economic equality.

     
  • AI Pushes Measures to Reduce Financing for Firearms

    February 08, 2016

    Amnesty International ("AI") has published a report calling on Luxembourg to pass laws restricting financing by the country's banking sector of the production and transfer of various arms and pressuring banks to adopt policies addressing what AI deems to be their international legal obligation to restrict funding for firearms.

     
  • NGOs Select Companies for Monitoring on BHR Compliance

    February 05, 2016

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations including the Business & Human Rights ("BHR") Resource Centre has published its criteria for the selection of 100 companies to be monitored in 2016 as part of the coalition's pilot Corporate Human Rights Benchmark program on implementation of the global BHR agenda.

     
 
  • EU Businesses Push for Preservation of Open Borders

    February 09, 2016

    Citing data indicating that reimposing border controls could involve high economic costs, European businesses are seeking to persuade EU and national officials to avoid a long-term suspension of the Schengen Agreement, which provides for passport-free travel across many European countries.

     
  • Expert Doubts Impact of "Brake" on EU Migration

    February 09, 2016

    Director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research Jonathan Portes argues that the proposed "emergency brake" on in-work benefits for migrants to the UK from other EU countries would likely be of little impact in deterring migrants from entering Britain.

     
  • ECJ Annuls Freezing of Ukrainian Officials' Funds

    February 09, 2016

    The Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ") has announced that the freezing of the funds of five former Ukrainian officials under investigation by the Ukrainian Government for misappropriation of finances was invalid, as there was not sufficient evidence of criminal activity on which to base these sanctions.

     
 
  • Georgian Official Questions "Blasphemy" Bill

    February 09, 2016

    The Guardian reports that the Ombudsman of the Republic of Georgia Ucha Nanuashvili has voiced doubts about a bill to be considered in the country's Parliament that would criminalize "insults of religious feelings," arguing that the language would "subject one individual to another's will."

     
  • Cutting Off IS Access to Finance Is Urgent Security Priority

    February 05, 2016

    Iraq's Central Bank has taken the lead in a significant security move likely to be followed by Foreign Ministers of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL/Da'esh ("IS") by imposing aggressive regulatory measures to cut off IS from access to the international banking system and regional foreign exchange houses in order to degrade the jihadists' capabilities.

     
  • Pakistan Suffers Domestic Blowback from Supporting Violent Islamists

    February 05, 2016

    The recent Taliban assault on a university in the northwest part of the country points to the entrenchment of extremist Islamist groups inside Pakistan, homegrown blowback resulting from the military's willingness to collaborate with radical Islamists as a foreign policy tool against India and Afghanistan.