International Organizations

  • 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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