UN Treaty Watch

  • 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.

  • UN Committee: Australia Violated Rights of Guantanamo Detainee

    February 22, 2016

    The UN Human Rights Committee has found that Australia violated international human rights law by imprisoning former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks following his trial by US military commission and his return to Australia to serve out the remainder of his prison term.

  • UN Committee Questions Australia Ruling on Refugee Children

    February 10, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has voiced concern regarding a ruling by the Australian High Court that the Government's detention of asylum seekers at offshore facilities is legal, questioning whether the decision complies with Australia's treaty obligations to prioritize "the best interests of the child" in any decision regarding children.

  • UN Committee: Prioritize Public over Private Education

    February 10, 2016

    In its observations on child rights in Kenya, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child called on the Kenyan government to "prioritize free primary quality education at public schools over private schools and informal low cost schools" in order to guarantee the right to education in the country.

  • Windschuttle: Global Governance Threatens Australian Institutions

    February 10, 2016

    Author Keith Windschuttle writes that academics and judges are seeking to use the tools of global governance and international treaties to take power from the people of Australia in shaping Australian policies such as the treatment of refugees and the recognition of legal interests held by the Aboriginal people.

  • UN Committee Calls on Ireland to Loosen Abortion Laws

    February 08, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on the Irish Government to decriminalize abortion "in all circumstances" and has opined that Irish law, which only permits abortion in the case of a "real and substantial risk" to the mother's life, impermissibly restricts doctors from the provision of medical services.

  • UN Working Group: US Is Failing to Guarantee Women's Rights

    December 30, 2015

    Following a ten-day visit to the US, the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice has warned that political "polarization" and the obstacle of federalism in the US has threatened the government's ability to protect women's human rights and the access of women to the "exercise of their reproductive rights."

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