Transnational Bodies

  • OSCE Official Criticizes Media Trespassing Case

    January 07, 2016

    Following an Austrian court ruling punishing reporters for violating trespassing laws at an asylum center, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's ("OSCE") Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic argued that the court could not justify the use of property rights to punish journalists for covering stories of "high public interest."

  • OSCE Official Urges Russia to Adhere to ECtHR Rulings

    January 06, 2016

    Arguing that Russia's Council of Europe membership requires adherence to European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") rulings, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's ("OSCE") Parliamentary Assembly human rights chair Isabel Santos has indicated that a new law permitting Russian courts to review international human rights rulings simply seeks to evade unfavorable ECtHR decisions.

  • Reform Approval Amplifies Voices of Russia, China at IMF

    January 06, 2016

    The approval of International Monetary Fund ("IMF") reforms in a spending deal recently passed by the US Congress means the international organization can double its permanent financial resources and gives "emerging" economies, including Russia, China, and India, greater voting power at the IMF.

  • Security Organization Seeks Solutions to Economic Inequality

    December 30, 2015

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ("OSCE") recently hosted an "inter-religious dialogue," including commentary from the director of a consultancy on "Shariah Solutions" and Islamic finance, in Rome on how to confront economic inequality in the OSCE region and beyond.

  • Commonwealth Countries Establish Climate "Hub"

    December 22, 2015

    Leaders from the bloc of 53 Commonwealth countries have agreed to set up a "climate change hub" to redistribute funds from developed to developing countries to curb the effects of global warming.

  • OECD Seeks Local "Best Practices" in Migrant Resettlement

    December 18, 2015

    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") has issued a call for "best practices" among local authorities in European countries in integrating refugees into their economies in order to feed into a broad analysis on "challenges and promising practices" for the acceptance of such refugees.

  • UN, INTERPOL Seek Clampdown on Climate Change

    December 16, 2015

    At the 2nd Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference, hosted by the UN Environment Programme and global organization INTERPOL, representatives from government and law enforcement discussed potential law-enforcement responses to global warming and worked toward a global roadmap on "tackling environmental crime."

  • OECD Deal Limits Exports of Coal Technology

    December 16, 2015

    Following recent talks, and on the eve of the Paris climate summit, countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") have agreed to limit subsidies for the export of technology used in coal-fired power plants around the world.

  • OSCE, UN Train Kazakh Officials on Nontraditional Rights

    December 16, 2015

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ("OSCE") and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently offered training for authorities and civil society activists in Kazakhstan on how to respect and implement the UN's economic, social, and cultural human-rights agenda.

  • Security Organization Talks Political-Party Financing in Moldova

    December 16, 2015

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ("OSCE") recently held a roundtable meeting in Moldova on "international best practices" national officials should follow in public financing of political parties.

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