UN Treaty Watch

  • UN Committee: Scotland's "Stop-and-Frisk" Violates Rights

    July 27, 2015

    The UN Human Rights Committee has called for Scotland to repeal legislation permitting its law enforcement officers to stop and search people without reasonable suspicion that they have committed a crime.

  • UN Committee Criticizes Northern Ireland on Abortion Laws

    July 27, 2015

    In a recent report, the UN Human Rights Committee called upon Northern Ireland to address the Committee's human rights concerns in a number of areas, including by loosening its abortion restrictions and revising its policies on criminal justice for minors.

  • Academic Seeks UN Scrutiny of Ireland on Economic Rights

    June 10, 2015

    Dr. Liam Thornton of University College Dublin argues that the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights should "hold Ireland to account" for its record on these nontraditional rights as the country sought in recent years to respond to a financial crisis by cutting back expenditures on social programs.

  • UN Committee: Canada Deportation Violated Man's Rights

    June 03, 2015

    The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that Canada's deportation of a man, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, to Jamaica on the grounds of "serious criminality" violated the man's rights under international law against "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."

  • Newman: "UN Dictators Club" Criticizes U.S. Rights Record

    May 20, 2015

    Alex Newman writes that a "Dictators Club" of autocratic, repressive regimes have taken advantage of the UN's Universal Periodic Review ("UPR") process recently to condemn the U.S. for alleged violations of nontraditional economic and social rights and refusals to submit to UN tribunals.

  • UN Committee: Australia Deportation Decision Violated Rights

    April 30, 2015

    The Guardian reports that the UN Human Rights Committee has declared Australia's decision to expel, on undisclosed national security grounds, a man who had lived in the country for 16 years but had not received permanent resident status contrary to international human rights law.

  • AI: Ireland Will Adopt Economic, Social, Cultural Rights Protocol

    April 15, 2015

    Amnesty International ("AI") has praised the Irish Government for its announcement that it will adopt the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which establishes a mechanism for individual complaints regarding nontraditional rights.

  • Australia PM Criticizes UN Torture Report

    March 16, 2015

    Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbot has criticized a recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on torture alleging that the country's migration policy has violated the human rights of asylum seekers and accused the report's author of bias.

  • Activist Initiative Seeks Local "Ratification" of CEDAW Treaty

    February 04, 2015

    The "Cities for CEDAW" initiative is seeking to bypass ratification of the Convention to Ellminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ("CEDAW") in the U.S. Senate by securing adoption of the treaty's principles by local governments around the country.

  • Posner and Roth Debate Usefulness of Human Rights Treaties

    December 31, 2014

    In The New York Times, Professor Eric Posner and Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth debate whether international human rights treaties are helpful or whether they are vague, ambitious, and impossible for many countries to follow.

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