US Announces Withdrawal from UNESCO

October 12, 2017

Citing "mounting arrears," lack of reform, and anti-Israel bias at the organization, the US State Department has informed the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that it will withdraw from the agency at the end of 2018 and become a non-member observer state.

Oxfam: US Corporate Tax Legislation Threatens Rights

October 11, 2017

An article published by Oxfam America asserts that American businesses have an ethical responsibility to object to a US congressional tax reform proposal over concerns that its reduction of tax obligations on US businesses will affect the economic and social human rights of "millions" of people around the world.

Police Link Gulf Money to Jihadi Attacks in Spain

October 11, 2017

The mosque at the center of the August jihadi attacks in Spain received funding for many years from Arab Gulf Islamist monarchies to support a range of mosque activities for spreading political Islamism through preaching, recruitment, radicalization, and violence.

UK Eyes ECJ Jurisdiction During Transition

October 11, 2017

Politico reports that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has conceded that any period of transition in Britain's relationship with the EU after the date of Brexit could involve the continued jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) over the UK and the acceptance of some new EU regulations over which the British people would not have a say.


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  • OSCE Trains Teachers on Gender Mainstreaming

    October 17, 2017

    As part of the regional security organization's promotion of "gender mainstreaming" in areas such as education, journalism, and lawmaking, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) recently hosted a seminar in Moldova training teachers from vocational schools how to implement "gender-sensitive teaching techniques" to further women's rights.

  • UN, World Bank Push SDG-based Peace Initiative

    October 17, 2017

    The UN and the World Bank Group are collaborating on a Humanitarian-Development-Peace Initiative seeking to use the UN's comprehensive social and environmental targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address conflicts in fragile countries such as Somalia and Yemen.

  • World Bank, ESA Use Satellites to Review SDG Progress

    October 17, 2017

    The World Bank Group is partnering with the European Space Agency (ESA) to use satellites to monitor countries' progress on a broad array of targets contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as part of the ESA's Earth Observation for Sustainable Development initiative.

  • Analysis Warns of Need for Massive Carbon Tax

    October 17, 2017

    The Guardian reports that a recent analysis from fund management group Schroders warns investors that governments must slash corporate profits around the world by at least $1.5 trillion through the taxation of greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the goals of the UN's Paris climate agreement.

  • Bank Seeks Asian "Green Finance" Mechanism

    October 17, 2017

    The transnational Asian Development Bank has called for the establishment of a multilateral Green Finance Catalyzing Facility for the Asia-Pacific region to redirect funds from capital markets toward infrastructure financing that helps achieve the goals of the "sustainable development" agenda.

  • Companies Adopt Financing Tools for Climate Agenda

    October 17, 2017

    Erin Hiatt of the Retail Industry Leaders Association illustrates how some of the world's largest retailers, under pressure by activists and international organizations to implement the global "sustainability" agenda, are establishing climate and energy financing mechanisms such as "green bonds" and "internal carbon funds."

  • Lawyers Propose Post-Brexit UK Treaties Court

    October 17, 2017

    The Daily Mail reports that a campaign group of UK lawyers has proposed the creation of an International Treaties Court in Britain whose aim would be to reconcile the UK's interpretation of post-Brexit treaties with the EU with that of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ), to be guided by an ad hoc arbitration body in the case of disputes between the jurisdictions.

  • US Business Association Criticizes EU Tech Tax Plans

    October 17, 2017

    The American Chamber of Commerce in Europe is warning that EU plans to ramp up the collection of taxes from internet giants will dampen economic growth in Europe and sabotage US-EU cooperation on building a global governance system for corporate taxation.

  • Commentator: EU Must Punish Poland over Courts

    October 17, 2017

    Asserting that, since it came to power two years ago, Poland's Law and Justice Party has "wrecked the country’s legal system and devoured its judiciary," researcher Zselyke Csaky calls on EU member states to "go nuclear" on the country by suspending its voting rights in the Council of the EU and cutting its development funding.

  • ICRC: Counterterrorism Must Maintain Focus on Rights

    October 17, 2017

    Raising questions regarding the interplay between national security and the global rights agenda, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for governments, in the context of bolstering their counterterrorism capabilities, to recognize "the need for counterterrorism activities to be conducted with full respect for the protection afforded to all individuals by international law."

  • CoE Official: Sweden Must Loosen Refugee Restrictions

    October 17, 2017

    Following a visit to Sweden, Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks called on the country's government to lift limitations on family reunification among refugees and to give the "benefit of the doubt" to asylum seekers who claim to be minors by giving them favorable legal treatment.

  • UN Agent: French Emergency Powers Law Violates Rights

    October 17, 2017

    UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and terrorism Fionnuala Ní Aoláin recently warned that French legislation seeking to "normalize" the government's emergency powers could have "grave consequences" for the global human rights agenda in France and could result in "discriminatory repercussions," particularly against Muslims.