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  • Robinson Praises Pursuit of "Climate Justice"

    October 29, 2014

    In recent remarks to the International Bar Association ("IBA"), former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson praised the IBA's report calling for the adaptation of legal and human rights frameworks to hold governments responsible for global warming.

  • White House Launches Initiative on Foreign Civil Society

    September 24, 2014

    U.S. President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Memorandum directing U.S. agencies "to defend and strengthen civil society" in foreign countries and establishing "Regional Civil Society Innovation Centers" to train and connect nongovernmental organizations across the globe.

  • NGOs Call for UN to Consider "Climate Change Refugee" Protection

    August 27, 2014

    A group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have complained that a recent UN conference for "small island developing states" did not issue a call to amend international treaties to require the legal protection of "refugees" who are fleeing their home countries due to global warming.

  • NGO Seeks "Sexual and Reproductive" Rights in UN Development Goals

    August 27, 2014

    Françoise Girard of the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") the International Women's Health Coalition writes that the UN must take into account "sexual and reproductive health rights" - often used to include abortion rights - in its upcoming "sustainable development goals" agenda.

  • Professors Analyze Social Science Approach to Human Rights

    August 20, 2014

    In a forthcoming book chapter, Professors Margaret Satterthwaite and Justin Simeone consider whether social science research offers a useful approach for human rights advocates to use in fact-finding procedures.

  • Report to UN Seeks "Deep Decarbonization" to Avoid Climate Change

    August 06, 2014

    A report from a group of nongovernmental organizations to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the eve of a major climate summit in September calls for countries to pursue "major changes" in their industries and to address "socio-economic development needs" in order to fight climate change.

  • HRW: U.S. Violates Treaty Obligations on Racial Discrimination

    July 30, 2014

    Human Rights Watch ("HRW") argues that the U.S. is in violation of its treaty obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination for, among other things, the disproportionate impact of the country's agricultural laws and the refusal of some states to extend Medicaid.

  • NGO: U.K. Justice Bill Would Violate UN Treaty Rights

    July 30, 2014

    The nongovernmental organization ("NGO") Client Earth has criticized a U.K. bill that it says would reduce court access for plaintiffs in environmental suits and is calling for the bill to be amended to take into account the UN's Aarhus Convention on the right to access justice for environmental claims.

  • NGOs: U.S. Surveillance Chills Freedom of Press, Access to Counsel

    July 30, 2014

    Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union have published a report arguing that mass surveillance by the U.S. Government has impeded the work of journalists and lawyers, who are concerned that their communications are being monitored.

  • NGOs Seek End to Capitalism to Advance Environmental Goals

    July 24, 2014

    Meeting in Venezuela, a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") focused on environmental issues issued a declaration calling market-based strategies for reducing global warming ineffective and seeking a change from the capitalist system in order to advance their environmental agenda.

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