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  • UN, EU Seek Global Governance of Marine Resources

    March 21, 2017

    A recent conference hosted in Paris by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the European Commission aimed to produce a roadmap pushing authorities to adopt "marine spatial planning" techniques to further global governance of marine ecosystems near coastal areas.

  • UNICEF Warns Hungary on Detention of Minors

    March 21, 2017

    The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has issued a statement warning of the potential conflicts of Hungary's new policy requiring the detention of undocumented migrants over 14 years of age with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other provisions of global human rights law.

  • Study: UN Deal Requires Zero UK Emissions by 2070

    March 21, 2017

    The journal Nature Energy has published a study finding that, in order to meet its greenhouse gas emissions pledges under the UN climate deal agreed in Paris in 2015, the UK must introduce an "ambitious policy package" targeting zero carbon emissions by the year 2070 at the latest.

  • Israeli Official Calls on Trump to Quit UNHRC

    March 21, 2017

    In a recent opinion piece, Michael Oren, the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Israeli Prime Minister's office, called on the Trump Administration to withdraw US participation from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to oppose what he perceives as unfair and “racist” targeting of Israel by the international body.

  • UN Agent Opposes City Measure on Homelessness

    March 20, 2017

    UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha has issued a statement calling on the City Council of Melbourne, Australia, not to pass a measure penalizing homeless people for living on the streets of the city and arguing that the fact that there are people who are homeless in the city is a "gross violation of the right to adequate housing."

  • UN Observers Criticize EU Migrant Recommendations

    March 20, 2017

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has published a statement targeting the recommendations of EU institutions that member states speed up returns of migrants to their countries of origin and detain those who illegally cross their borders as threats to migrants' human rights.

  • UN Agent Criticizes Western Countries on Surveillance

    March 20, 2017

    In a recent report to the UN Human Rights Council, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Joseph Cannataci warns of the threat of government surveillance around the world to privacy and singles out France, Germany, the UK, and the US for "extremely intrusive measures" introduced under these countries' surveillance laws.

  • Rhodes Calls for Renewed US Focus on Rights

    March 17, 2017

    Aaron Rhodes of the Forum for Religious Freedom—Europe calls on the Trump Administration to focus on reforming the UN human rights infrastructure by championing the concept of "human rights" as universal civil and political freedoms, as spelled out in documents like the US Constitution, rather than vague and ever-changing "economic and social rights."

  • UN Rights Chief Issues Broad Criticism of US Policies

    March 17, 2017

    The Independent reports that, in a recent address to the UN Human Rights Council, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein criticized US President Donald Trump for policies ranging from barriers to the entry of migrants from a designated group of countries, to plans to deport illegal migrants from the US, to criticism of the media and judges.

  • UN Official Decries "Reproductive Rights" Obstacles

    March 17, 2017

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein devoted a substantial portion of his statement for International Women's Day to criticism of government policies he says violate women's "sexual and reproductive health rights" by limiting their access to abortion.

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