UN Treaty Watch

  • 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.

  • UN Committee Criticizes U.S. Police Practices

    December 03, 2014

    In its review of the U.S. record of preventing torture, the UN Committee Against Torture expressed concern over alleged "frequent and recurrent" police violence and called for an independent investigation of every instance of alleged excessive use of force.

  • Analysis Indicates Pressure from UN Human Rights System on Abortion

    December 03, 2014

    New analysis of the UN's Universal Periodic Review process finds that several countries are using these reviews of country commitments to UN human rights treaties to place pressure on governments to loosen restrictions on abortion.

  • HRW Criticizes Limited U.S. Shift on UN Torture Treaty

    November 19, 2014

    Human Rights Watch ("HRW") has criticized the Obama Administration, which has expanded its interpretation of the UN Convention Against Torture, for not fully adopting the UN Committee Against Torture's position that the treaty applies in any area of the world where the U.S. has "effective control."

  • UN Committee Criticizes Israel Rights Record

    November 05, 2014

    The flow of accusations of Israeli human rights violations from the UN continues as the organization's Human Rights Committee has criticized the country for alleged transgressions in the recent conflict in and continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip.

  • Vatican Counters UN Committee Comments on Child Rights

    October 08, 2014

    The Holy See's official response to the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, upon the Committee's recent review of the Vatican's report, asserts that the Committee has manifested "a lack of respect for the text" of the treaty upon which it is based.

  • UN Committee Questions Morocco on Privatization of Schools

    September 10, 2014

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recently questioned delegates from Morocco on the effect of the country's privatization of schools, with the goal of promoting competition, on the right to education, which is described as a "public good" in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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