UN Treaty Watch

  • 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.

  • UN Committee Calls on Lithuania to Establish NHRI

    June 20, 2014

    As UN bodies and human rights activists push for the development of national human rights institutions ("NHRIs") to advance nontraditional economic, social, and cultural human rights, the UN Committee Against Torture has called on the Lithuanian Government to establish an NHRI.

  • UNOHCHR Calls for Moratorium on Executions in U.S.

    June 20, 2014

    A spokesman for the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights ("UNOHCHR") has referred to the recent prolonged execution by lethal injection of an Oklahoma inmate as evidence that the authorities in the U.S. should impose a moratorium on execution and seek its abolition.

  • Proposed HRC Resolution Pushes BHR Agenda

    June 19, 2014

    A proposed resolution at the UN Human Rights Council ("HRC") calls for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to pressure countries to adopt an aggressive agenda for the promotion of international business and human rights ("BHR") principles.

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