HRW Calls on Germany to Repeal "Hate Speech" Law

February 21, 2018

Human Rights Watch has called for the repeal of Germany's NetzDG law imposing large fines on social-media companies for "illegal hate speech" they fail to remove from their platforms, warning that it could lead to "unaccountable, overbroad censorship" by private actors with no judicial recourse for users.

UN Agents: US Must Regularize DACA Recipients

February 21, 2018

A group of UN human rights mandate holders has waded into the US policy debate over the Trump Administration's plan to end the protected status (DACA) of migrants illegally brought into the country as children, warning that rescinding such status would "jeopardize" the rights of these migrants and "would reinforce harmful racial stereotypes."

UK Seeks Flexible End Date to Brexit Transition

February 21, 2018

Politico reports that, according to a document prepared by the British government, UK officials are seeking a flexible end date for a post-Brexit transition period, during which the UK remains subject to EU rules, based on how long it takes to "prepare and implement the new processes and systems" underlying the future UK-EU relationship.

IACHR Recognizes Right to Healthy Environment

February 21, 2018

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has issued an advisory opinion that, for the first time, recognizes a fundamental right to a healthy environment, aiding nongovernmental organizations pursuing lawsuits in the Americas seeking to force government action against businesses for contributing to global warming.

 

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  • UN Agents: US Must Regularize DACA Recipients

    February 21, 2018

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has waded into the US policy debate over the Trump Administration's plan to end the protected status (DACA) of migrants illegally brought into the country as children, warning that rescinding such status would "jeopardize" the rights of these migrants and "would reinforce harmful racial stereotypes."

     
  • UN Initiative Calls for Global Sharing Network for School Data

    February 15, 2018

    A blog published by UNESCO calls for the establishment of a Global Sharing Network that relies on Country Data Hubs to share national education data and publish it in one place to enable international organizations and others to develop strategies to help countries achieve education targets contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

     
  • UNESCO, Consultants Seek Global Data on Schools

    February 15, 2018

    Representatives of the International Development Group and of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics describe the need for low-income countries to spend millions of dollars each year to produce data to use in collaboration with international organizations to reform their schools in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

     
 
  • IACHR Recognizes Right to Healthy Environment

    February 21, 2018

    The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has issued an advisory opinion that, for the first time, recognizes a fundamental right to a healthy environment, aiding nongovernmental organizations pursuing lawsuits in the Americas seeking to force government action against businesses for contributing to global warming.

     
  • NGOs Seek Ejection of Energy Companies from EITI Board

    February 15, 2018

    A group of nongovernmental organizations have called on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a program pushing oil, gas, and mining companies to disclose their payments to governments, to eject energy companies ExxonMobil and Chevron from the EITI board for not publicly reporting tax payments they made in the US.

     
  • GRI Praises Broad EU Corporate Reporting Mandates

    February 15, 2018

    A press release from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) praises EU member states that have gone further than required in implementing the EU's non-financial corporate reporting directive by mandating that all or nearly all companies, regardless of size, issue public reports on their environmental and human rights impacts.

     
 
  • UK Seeks Flexible End Date to Brexit Transition

    February 21, 2018

    Politico reports that, according to a document prepared by the British government, UK officials are seeking a flexible end date for a post-Brexit transition period, during which the UK remains subject to EU rules, based on how long it takes to "prepare and implement the new processes and systems" underlying the future UK-EU relationship.

     
  • EC Plans for Northern Ireland to Remain in Customs Union

    February 15, 2018

    Politico reports that the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has ordered the preparation of a draft legal text providing that Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, will remain in the EU customs union after Brexit, in the absence of "clarity" from the British government on the issue of the region's status.

     
  • EC Plans Global Application of Data Rules

    February 15, 2018

    David Schrieberg writes that the European Commission (EC) is planning to apply its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into force in May this year, to foreign companies providing goods and services to citizens of EU member states and to ensure future trade and investment deals require compliance with the GDPR.

     
 
  • HRW Calls on Germany to Repeal "Hate Speech" Law

    February 21, 2018

    Human Rights Watch has called for the repeal of Germany's NetzDG law imposing large fines on social-media companies for "illegal hate speech" they fail to remove from their platforms, warning that it could lead to "unaccountable, overbroad censorship" by private actors with no judicial recourse for users.

     
  • Nigerian Trials Reveal Deleterious Effects of Islamist Violence

    February 21, 2018

    Nigerian courts recently convicted 205 and released 526 in mass trials of Boko Haram insurgents, provoking a critique from international human rights groups of the deficits in the Nigerian justice system while also highlighting the Nigerian military’s inability to defeat the Islamist jihadi group that has ravaged the country in almost a decade of uninterrupted war.

     
  • Philippines Security Officials Apprehend IS Recruiter

    February 21, 2018

    Philippines police have announced the apprehension of an Islamic State (IS) sympathizer suspected as part of Islamist networks connected to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Turkey and of recruiting for the pro-IS Maute militias active in Mindanao.