United Nations

  • UN Sends Agents to Detroit to Investigate Alleged Violation of "Right to Water"

    October 15, 2014

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has announced that two rapporteurs appointed by the UN Human Rights Council will visit Detroit, Michigan to investigate the effect of city water shutoffs on the human rights of customers who did not pay their bills.

  • UN Rapporteur: Debt-Collecting Hedge Funds Violate Human Rights

    October 08, 2014

    The UN Special Rapporteur charged with investigating the effects of sovereign debt collection on human rights has concluded that hedge funds that attempt to collect sovereign debt from developing countries "directly or indirectly" violate economic, social, and cultural rights.

  • UN Calls for Social Protection to Promote Gender Equality

    October 08, 2014

    UN Women has released a report calling on governments to implement expansive social protection measures, financial regulation, and a financial transaction tax to reduce the burdens of the recent economic crisis on women.

  • Medical Journal Calls for WHO Action on Climate Change

    October 08, 2014

    Asserting that the "mayhem" caused by climate change is potentially greater than that caused by the ebola outbreak, a journal owned by the British Medical Association has called for the World Health Organization ("WHO") to declare global warming a public health emergency.

  • Report Calls for Global Governance of Dual Citizenship

    October 08, 2014

    A report from the Centre for International Governance Innovation has called on the UN to take control of an international framework on dual citizenship and to enshrine principles identifying dual citizenship as a human right.

  • HRC Seeks Global Governance of Sovereign Debt

    October 01, 2014

    The UN Human Rights Council ("HRC") has adopted a resolution calling for governments to develop an international framework for the restructuring of sovereign debt and blaming financial companies seeking repayment of such debt for tampering with "economic, social, and cultural rights" in developing countries.

  • Netanyahu Condemns "Militant Islam" Influence on UN

    October 01, 2014

    In an address to the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the UN Human Rights Council for its "biased" investigation of alleged human rights violations by Israel in the recent Gaza conflict and warned that Iran could "bamboozle" the UN in attempts to secure nuclear weapons.

  • Treaty on Global Governance of Arms Trade Will Enter into Force

    October 01, 2014

    Despite concerns that it may be used to crack down on gun ownership around the world, the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which sets international standards for the transfer of weapons, has been ratified by the requisite 50 countries and is therefore set to enter into force in late 2014.

  • HRC Creates Position on "Unilateral Coercive Measures"

    October 01, 2014

    The UN Human Rights Council ("HRC") has adopted a resolution creating a "Special Rapporteur on the impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights," sponsored by Iran to counter embargoes by countries like the U.S. against human rights-violating regimes.

  • Koonin Counters UN's Claimed Consensus on Climate Change

    September 24, 2014

    Computational physicist Steven Koonin writes that the claims of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ("IPCC") that the science on climate change is "settled" ignores the low reliability of IPCC predictions on how natural phenomena will influence the world's future climate.

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