Dutch Court Finds Rights Obligation to Tackle Global Warming

October 17, 2018

A Dutch appeals court has struck a blow for the global litigation strategy to impose human rights obligations on businesses and states to tackle climate change by finding that the European Convention on Human Rights requires the Dutch government to reduce carbon emissions by at least 25 percent by the year 2020.

UN Body Demands Australian Review of Migration Law

October 17, 2018

The Guardian reports that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on Australia to review provisions of its Migration Act allowing the government to place asylum seekers under administrative detention and revise the law to comply with the country’s international human rights obligations.

EU Official Fears “Violent Reaction” to Acceptance of Italian Budget

October 17, 2018

Politico reports that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned in a recent interview that EU officials could reject the proposed budget of Italy, which violates the deficit limit imposed under eurozone rules, because acceptance of the budget might provoke a “violent reaction” in other eurozone countries.

UK’s Upcoming Release of Islamist Preacher Raises Alarms

October 17, 2018

The impending prison release this week of Islamist radical imam Anjem Choudary, who led the banned Islamic State-affiliated group al-Muhajiroun and whose followers perpetrated major terrorist events in London, has spawned security warnings from deradicalization experts and police protection units.

 

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  • UN Body Demands Australian Review of Migration Law

    October 17, 2018

    The Guardian reports that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on Australia to review provisions of its Migration Act allowing the government to place asylum seekers under administrative detention and revise the law to comply with the country’s international human rights obligations.

     
  • US Explores Reduced Exposure to ICJ Rulings

    October 10, 2018

    CNN reports that, following a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that the US had violated a 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran by re-imposing sanctions on the country over its nuclear efforts, US officials announced they are withdrawing from the Treaty and will consider action to protect the US against the binding jurisdiction of the ICJ.

     
  • Panel: UN Climate Pledges Will Fail to Save Humanity

    October 03, 2018

    The UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change has published a report concluding the UN Paris climate deal's pledge to pursue efforts limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will not save humanity from the phenomenon's catastrophic impacts and pushing all countries for a peak in carbon emissions by the year 2020.

     
 
  • Dutch Court Finds Rights Obligation to Tackle Global Warming

    October 17, 2018

    A Dutch appeals court has struck a blow for the global litigation strategy to impose human rights obligations on businesses and states to tackle climate change by finding that the European Convention on Human Rights requires the Dutch government to reduce carbon emissions by at least 25 percent by the year 2020.

     
  • Exxon Funds US Campaign to Tax Carbon Emissions

    October 10, 2018

    Showing increased pressure from the UN and nongovernmental organizations on corporations to align their policies with the Paris climate accord, Bloomberg reports that energy giant Exxon Mobil will invest $1 million in a political campaign lobbying the US government for the taxation of corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

     
  • IKEA Faces Employment Complaint in OECD Contact Point

    October 03, 2018

    The UNI Global Union and other workers' organizations have filed a complaint with the Dutch National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises accusing furniture giant IKEA of failing to prevent store managers in the US, Ireland, and Portugal from interfering with employees' right to collective bargaining.

     
 
  • EU Official Fears “Violent Reaction” to Acceptance of Italian Budget

    October 17, 2018

    Politico reports that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned in a recent interview that EU officials could reject the proposed budget of Italy, which violates the deficit limit imposed under eurozone rules, because acceptance of the budget might provoke a “violent reaction” in other eurozone countries.

     
  • EU Budget Suggests Rising Brexit "Divorce" Bill

    October 10, 2018

    Citing rising EU spending plans and pension costs over the last year and the acknowledgment by EU auditors that annual budget fees for members are “moveable,” an article in The Guardian raises the likelihood that the Brexit “divorce” bill agreed by the EU and UK will escalate in the coming years.

     
  • UK Official Pledges End to EU Free-Movement Rules

    October 03, 2018

    The Daily Mail reports that UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has promised that post-Brexit Britain will replace the EU principles of free movement, allowing all citizens of EU member states to immigrate to the UK, with laws focusing on attracting high-skilled migrants from across the globe to the country.

     
 
  • UK’s Upcoming Release of Islamist Preacher Raises Alarms

    October 17, 2018

    The impending prison release this week of Islamist radical imam Anjem Choudary, who led the banned Islamic State-affiliated group al-Muhajiroun and whose followers perpetrated major terrorist events in London, has spawned security warnings from deradicalization experts and police protection units.

     
  • Amazon Hosted Islamist Extremist Group on Platform

    October 10, 2018

    Amazon is caught in a firestorm for what the internet giant has declared was the unintentional hosting, as part of its online charitable donations program, of an Islamist extremist "charity," underscoring complex challenges involved in the convergence of Islamist extremism and internet platforms.

     
  • OIC Calls for Respect of Islam, Limits to Free Speech

    October 03, 2018

    The Foreign Ministers’ Council of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement at the opening of the UN General Assembly calling for the conditionalizing of free speech according to the responsibility to respect “ethical, moral, and legal obligations” relating to Islam’s “revered personalities and symbols.”