November 20, 2017
The Guardian reports on recent pressure on the UK government over refusing to commit to carrying out over 100 "recommendations" of the UN Human Rights Council, including to bring the country's abortion laws in line with "international standards" and to place limits on the amount of time a migrant may be held in detention, as part of the Universal Periodic Review process.
November 15, 2017
A report from the UN Human Rights Committee criticizing Australia on policies ranging from refugee treatment to Indigenous reparations to its referendum on gay marriage demonstrates the breadth of the claimed jurisdiction of the UN body and will encourage the push for a "comprehensive national human rights act" in Australia.
October 25, 2017
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recently adopted a General Comment containing guidelines highlighting the expansive nature of the positive obligations the Committee's animating disabilities treaty places on governments that sign up to its mandates, including the duty to provide a range of residential and community services to disabled persons.
October 20, 2017
Members of the UN Human Rights Council’s Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture urged Mongolian officials to comply with international law by establishing a “fully independent national monitoring body” to protect against human rights violations in places of detention.
October 19, 2017
Providing fodder for opposition politicians in the country to warn of the detriments of "austerity," the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recently issued a report accusing the UK government of mistreating disabled people in a range of contexts including the education system and welfare benefits.
October 06, 2017
UK barrister Paul Diamond explains how a British court's denial of an application submitted by the parents of Charlie Gard to take their infant son to the US to receive medical treatment identifies a "gaping hole" in global human rights law that permits countries to deny the rights of parents to make health decisions on behalf of their children.
August 31, 2017
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on countries, including the US and Israel, to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which would prohibit all nuclear weapons testing and still requires ratification by eight more states to enter into force.
August 16, 2017
The Independent reports that the UN Human Rights Committee ruled in June that Ireland had violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights through national laws denying a woman the right to abort her fetus due to a fatal abnormality, arguing that this denial violated the woman's right against "cruel, inhuman and discriminatory treatment."
August 14, 2017
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment John Knox has called on countries around the world to fulfill their "existent obligations to protect the world’s biological diversity from extinction" and thereby defend the global rights to life, health, food, and water.
August 09, 2017
The UN Human Rights Committee has opined that Australia must allow gay couples married overseas to obtain a divorce in the country, even though the country does not allow same-sex marriage, to comply with a provision of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights guaranteeing equal protection under the law.