December 07, 2018
In a recent interview, president of the Vatican’s legal tribunal Giuseppe Dalla Torre warned that the proliferation of recognized human rights across the globe beyond basic “fundamental rights” such as the rights to life and to religious freedom leads to inevitable conflict among claimed rights and a resulting devaluation of all rights.
December 03, 2018
The Guardian reports that, in September, the UN working group on arbitrary detention listed Australia among China, Libya, Pakistan, and the Congo as a source of concern regarding arbitrary detention, citing cases including the country’s holding of a stateless man from the Western Sahara in immigration detention.
November 28, 2018
Ahead of a UN meeting in December on climate change, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has published a letter warning governments that they have an obligation under international human rights law to take steps to halt global warming.
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.
August 06, 2018
The Star Vancouver reports that the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) is establishing a “fully independent” human rights commission to focus on the realization of global standards on “Indigenous rights and gender identity,” in addition to “opportunities for new immigrants.”
July 16, 2018
A group of UN human rights mandate holders has issued a statement calling on governments negotiating the UN Global Compact on Migration to ground the Compact in their international human rights obligations and end the “criminalisation and detention of migrants” as extending beyond the legitimate interests of the state.
June 01, 2018
The UN Human Rights Committee has concluded that the New Zealand government violated the human rights of two convicted rapists by denying them release from preventive detention and by failing to grant them proper treatment to cure their "sexual and aggressive feelings towards women."
May 16, 2018
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued a statement decrying the killing by Israeli forces of Palestinian "demonstrators" in Gaza, in the context of the 50-year "occupation" of Palestinian territory and a "rise of racist hate speech and incitement to racist violence against Palestinians" by Israeli government officials.
April 26, 2018
A group of UN human rights mandate holders has called on the Polish Parliament to reject legislation prohibiting abortions in the case of a severe fetal anomaly, warning that restricting access to abortion in this way would violate the country's obligations to uphold women's "sexual and reproductive health rights" and to prevent "cruel and inhuman treatment."
April 23, 2018
UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has issued a report blaming Israel for a "profound breach of its responsibility" to provide for a right to health in "occupied" Palestinian territories and pointing to the impact of Israel's presence in these territories on the mental health of Palestinians as evidence that Israel must withdraw its forces from these areas.