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  • UN Committee Criticizes U.S. for Wide-Ranging "Racial Bias"

    September 03, 2014

    While the legal process continues in Ferguson, Missouri, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has weighed in, bashing U.S. law enforcement, legal, and education practices.

  • NAACP Raises St. Louis Shooting Before UN Committee

    August 20, 2014

    The NAACP has announced that it has raised the recent police shooting of an African American teenager in St. Louis with the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, arguing that the incident was a violation of international human rights law.

  • Binchy: On Abortion, UN Committee Contradicts Human Rights Law

    August 20, 2014

    Professor William Binchy, former member of the Irish Human Rights Commission, writes that the UN Human Rights Committee's call for a referendum in Ireland on relaxing the country's abortion restrictions contradicts the purposes of human rights.

  • UN Committee: Irish Abortion Laws Violate Human Rights

    July 30, 2014

    Finding that Ireland's current, "highly restrictive" abortion laws violate the human rights of women, the UN Human Rights Committee has published a report calling on the country to hold a constitutional referendum to ensure women's access to abortion.

  • HRW: U.S. Violates Treaty Obligations on Racial Discrimination

    July 30, 2014

    Human Rights Watch ("HRW") argues that the U.S. is in violation of its treaty obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination for, among other things, the disproportionate impact of the country's agricultural laws and the refusal of some states to extend Medicaid.

  • UN Committee Member Rejects Claims on Rights of Unborn Children

    July 23, 2014

    In relation to its examination of Ireland's abortion laws, member of the UN Human Rights Committee Sir Nigel Rodley has described the arguments of a nongovernmental organization that there is no basis for abortion rights in international law as "breathtakingly arrogant."

  • UN Rights Committee Questions Ireland on Abortion Legislation

    July 18, 2014

    As part of the UN Human Rights Committee's periodic review of Ireland, members of the Committee questioned Ireland's Minister of Justice on Irish abortion restrictions and indicated that limitations on the right to abortion were prohibited under international human rights treaties.

  • UN Committee Comments on "Torture" Encourage Lawsuits

    July 10, 2014

    In their examination of the Holy See's report under the Convention against Torture, comments by members of the UN Committee against Torture referring to sex abuse by clergy members as potential torture could encourage the filing of new lawsuits against the Catholic Church.

  • UN OHCHR Seeks Further Action on U.S. Death Penalty Ruling

    June 20, 2014

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ("OHCHR") has called for the U.S. to build on a recent ruling by its Supreme Court restricting the execution of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities by imposing a nation-wide moratorium on the death penalty.

  • Pushback Checks UN Committee Observations on Vatican

    June 20, 2014

    On National Review Online, Kathryn Lopez describes the relatively favorable outcome of the UN Committee against Torture's review of the Holy See's initial report under the Convention against Torture after pressure from groups pointing to the proper limits of the Committee's influence.

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