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  • Article Considers Indigenous Rights in International Deals

    October 25, 2016

    Risa Schwartz of the Centre for International Governance Innovation writes that judicial recognition that Canada's support for global instruments on indigenous rights means the country must consult with indigenous peoples when forming international environmental agreements could "transform," and complicate, the formation of such international deals.

  • UN Committee Criticizes Detention of Mentally Disabled Defendant

    October 11, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has found that the state of Western Australia violated international law by detaining a mentally disabled man accused of child abuse indefinitely without trial and called on the state to amend the law that permits such detention when a defendant is deemed unable to understand the notion of criminal responsibility.

  • UN Agent Pinpoints Worldwide Age of Criminal Responsibility

    August 26, 2016

    UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez has called on Brazilian legislators to reject a constitutional amendment that would lower the age at which the state would consider people fully responsible for committing "heinous crimes" from 18 to 16, arguing that prosecuting 16-year-olds as adults would violate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • UN Body: UK Religious Assemblies Violate Child Rights

    June 21, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has found that the UK violates the human rights of children to “freedom of thought, conscience and religion” by requiring their attendance at Christian school assemblies.

  • UN Body: Ireland Violated Woman's Right to Abortion

    June 20, 2016

    The UN Human Rights Committee has found that Ireland's constitutional prohibition on access to abortions except when the pregnant woman's life is in danger violated a woman's right against "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" by restricting her from having an abortion when the fetus had a fatal abnormality.

  • UN Agents Praise UPR Support of Reproductive Rights

    May 25, 2016

    A group of officials from the UN Population Fund has published an article praising the rise in recommendations to governments on sexual and reproductive health rights, which they interpret to include abortion rights, under the UN's Universal Periodic Review process.

  • UN Committee: Abortion Is "Indivisible" from Human Rights Agenda

    March 10, 2016

    The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published a "legal commentary" explaining that sexual and reproductive health rights, which they interpret to include "safe abortion care," are an "indivisible" part of the UN's human rights agenda and that violation of such rights could amount to torture.

  • UN Committee Links Climate Change to Gender Discrimination

    March 03, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women ("CEDAW") joined the array of international organizations and activists in seeking to advance the global climate agenda by holding a session on how gender equality can reduce the disproportionate impact climate change has on women and girls.

  • UN Committee Criticizes Canada on Nontraditional Rights

    February 29, 2016

    A press release from the nongovernmental organization Canada Without Poverty praises the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights for "grilling" Canadian officials on issues including a reduction in social spending, increased homelessness, and the failure of the federal government to coerce provincial governments into enforcing nontraditional "human rights."

  • AI Recommends Climate Action by UN Women's Rights Committee

    February 24, 2016

    A submission from Amnesty International ("AI") to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women ("CEDAW") applauds CEDAW's scrutiny of government action on global warming due to "the disproportionate impact it has on women and girls" and recommends a broad CEDAW review of states' obligations to counter climate change.

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