UN Removes "Apartheid Israel" Report from Website

March 22, 2017

An article in The Washington Post links pressure from US and Israeli officials with the removal from a UN website of a report condemning Israel's "apartheid" regime and the resignation of the head of the issuing UN agency, though a UN spokesman denied the removal was related to the report's content.

UN Rights Chief: Ban "Racist Hate Speech"

March 22, 2017

In a recent statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein included with his calls to combat race-based crimes a push for states to pass laws "expressly prohibiting racist hate speech" inciting people to "racial discrimination," arguing that the right to free expression comes with "special duties and responsibilities."

EU Considers ICJ Complaint over Brexit Bill

March 22, 2017

The Independent reports that a leaked strategy memo reveals that EU officials are planning to threaten the UK with a complaint in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if Britain refuses to pay the full amount of what EU leaders say are its 60-billion-euro obligation to the budget of the bloc.

UN Agency Broadens Scope of MNE Declaration

March 22, 2017

The International Labour Organization's recently updated Tripartite Declaration of principles concerning Multinational Enterprises (MNE) and Social Policy includes items from the global business and human rights agenda including corporate due diligence standards and the social right to "decent work."

 

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  • UN Chief Eyes Mandatory Dues to Remedy Cholera Outbreak

    March 23, 2017

    The New York Times reports that the UN's inability to raise the necessary funds from member states to combat a continuing cholera outbreak in Haiti, caused six years ago through the conduct of UN peacekeepers, has led Secretary-General António Guterres to consider a mandatory dues assessment to plug the funding gap.

     
  • Schaefer: US Must Lead by Leaving UN Climate Deal

    March 23, 2017

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation has called on the Trump Administration to "demonstrate US leadership," fidelity to constitutional principles, and friendship for Israel by withdrawing from the UN's Paris climate deal and quitting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

     
  • EIB, WEF Call for "Social Inclusion" in EU Growth

    March 23, 2017

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have produced a report calling on EU policymakers to place "social inclusion" at the center of national and supranational policies promoting economic growth.

     
 
  • GRI Hosts Africa Workshops on Sustainability

    March 23, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) recently held in Ghana the first of a series of workshops it is hosting across Africa calling on companies to use GRI's global sustainability reporting standards to demonstrate their efforts to implement the UN's business and human rights agenda.

     
  • GRI, UN "Action Platform" Pushes Companies on SDGs

    March 23, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and UN Global Compact are partnering on an initiative to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by developing an "SDGs Action Platform" that will both pressure companies to share their "best practices" in contributing to the SDG agenda and convene a global advisory group to tell companies how to report their SDG progress.

     
  • UNGC Seeks Business Pledge to "Empower" Women

    March 23, 2017

    On International Women's Day, the UN Global Compact (UNGC) released a statement on its upcoming programs promoting the UN network's Women's Empowerment Principles, which seek to commit businesses to breaking their "gender bias" and contributing to the provisions of the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality.

     
 
  • Officials: Scottish Independence Means Leaving EU

    March 23, 2017

    The Guardian reports on warnings from EU officials that a Scottish vote to leave the UK in a future referendum would entail a Scottish departure from the EU and a requirement that Scotland apply for admission to the bloc in order to become a member.

     
  • Chemical Lobby Urges Common EU Industrial Policy

    March 23, 2017

    Marco Mensink of the European Chemical Industry Council has authored an opinion piece calling on the EU to develop a common European policy to promote the growth of industry and to suppress "unilateral, ad-hoc laws by national governments" affecting trade and investment.

     
  • "Multi-Speed Europe" Proposal Hastens EU Federalism

    March 23, 2017

    An article in Politico explains how politicians from EU institutions and some member states are seeking to further the principle of "enhanced cooperation" in the bloc to create a "multi-speed Europe," allowing quicker transfer of sovereignty to Brussels from consenting countries while bypassing objections of countries wary of federalizing the EU.

     
 
  • European Bodies Call for Countering "Hate Speech"

    March 23, 2017

    Three European transnational human rights bodies recently issued a joint statement calling on “political and community leaders” to implement policies, such as the conditioning of children, designed to counter “hate speech,” or rhetoric perceived by some as offensive or intolerant.

     
  • Mayor Points to Radicalization in Brussels Mosques

    March 23, 2017

    Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur has signaled problems facing law enforcement and security agencies from foreign support of mosques in European cities by asserting that all of the mosques in Brussels are "in the hands of the Salafists," and arguing for the establishment of mosques that "follow our democratic rules" and are "controlled by the government."

     
  • IS Gateway to NATO Nukes Runs Through Turkey

    March 23, 2017

    The anti-Western rhetoric, authoritarian politics, and, until recently, open-door policy for jihadis traveling in and out of Turkey, have made the country's Islamist government a welcoming platform for Islamic State (IS) infrastructure to attack NATO member-states, and raise realistic concerns about IS access to nuclear weapons stored at the NATO airbase in Turkey.