UN Treaty Watch

  • UN Chief Urges Ratification of Nuclear Test Ban

    August 31, 2017

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on countries, including the US and Israel, to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which would prohibit all nuclear weapons testing and still requires ratification by eight more states to enter into force.

  • UN Body: Irish Abortion Laws Violated Woman's Rights

    August 16, 2017

    The Independent reports that the UN Human Rights Committee ruled in June that Ireland had violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights through national laws denying a woman the right to abort her fetus due to a fatal abnormality, arguing that this denial violated the woman's right against "cruel, inhuman and discriminatory treatment."

  • UN Agent Identifies Legal Obligations to Protect "Biodiversity"

    August 14, 2017

    UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment John Knox has called on countries around the world to fulfill their "existent obligations to protect the world’s biological diversity from extinction" and thereby defend the global rights to life, health, food, and water.

  • UN Body Criticizes Australia‚Äôs Divorce Policy

    August 09, 2017

    The UN Human Rights Committee has opined that Australia must allow gay couples married overseas to obtain a divorce in the country, even though the country does not allow same-sex marriage, to comply with a provision of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights guaranteeing equal protection under the law.

  • UN Agents Call for Abortion Access in Honduras

    July 24, 2017

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has called on a commission charged with reforming the penal code of Honduras to include in their recommendations policies implementing "international human rights standards" ensuring that "women and girls can enjoy their full human rights to sexual and reproductive health" by permitting them access to abortion.

  • Kelly: UN Must "Recalibrate" Human Rights Movement

    July 05, 2017

    Jim Kelly of Solidarity Center for Law and Justice writes that the UN human rights system must shift its focus away from its broad "catechism" of economic, social, and cultural rights and toward the promotion of the fundamental rights that form the basis of America's Declaration of Independence.

  • US Joins UNHRC Resolution on Climate-related Rights

    June 28, 2017

    The website Climate Home reports that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has passed, with US support, a resolution calling for the examination of countries' international obligations to protect the human rights of "climate-induced migrants" fleeing the impacts of global warming in their home countries.

  • UN Body Criticizes Hungarian Detention Policies

    May 03, 2017

    At the end of a recent visit to Hungary, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture issued a statement calling on the country to address its "excessive use of detention" and communicating the group's opposition to the government's practice of automatically detaining asylum seekers for extended periods.

  • UN Criticizes Hungarian Migrant Detention Plan

    March 17, 2017

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has criticized a law recently passed by the Hungarian Parliament, arguing that it could lead to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers in violation of UN human rights treaties and European human rights law.

  • UN Agent: Brazil Budget Freeze Would Violate Rights

    December 14, 2016

    UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has warned that Brazil's planned constitutional amendment freezing social spending over the next 20 years to rein in the country's spending "clearly violates" Brazil's international obligation to protect economic, social, and cultural rights.

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