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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.