UN Treaty Watch

  • U.S. Files Notice of Intention to Leave Paris Climate Agreement

    November 06, 2019

    Following through on President Donald Trump's decision to have the United States of America withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. State Department has officially filed the notice of intention to withdraw with the United Nation Secretary-General, beginning the one-year withdrawal countdown.

  • UN Expert Warns of Privacy Concerns Over Health Data

    October 30, 2019

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, has unveiled a set of international standards on how health data should be used and protected, warning of enormous threats to privacy if the industry is not regulated.

  • Kemileva: UN Inefficiencies Undermine Effective Handling of Individual Petitions

    October 30, 2019

    Kamelia Kemileva, Senior Consultant to the Geneva Human Rights Platform, has opined that, for UN treaty bodies to effectively deal with individual communications, a huge systemic change is needed, starting by the creation of a proper registry, increased staff devoted to supporting treaty body work on these communications, and creating a new section dealing with mediation.

  • UN Human Rights Expert Calls on States to Make Reparations for Colonialism and Slavery

    October 30, 2019

    A UN human rights expert has concluded that reparations for racial discrimination rooted in colonialism and slavery are essential to the fulfillment of human rights.

  • HRW Communicates with UNOHCHR on Right of Children to a Healthy Environment

    October 08, 2019

    Human Rights Watch has submitted a report on the right of children to a healthy environment to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

  • State Department Official Defends US Commission on Unalienable Rights

    September 16, 2019

    In a Real Clear Politics Op-Ed, Peter Berkowitz, Director of the U.S. State Department's Policy Planning Staff, defends the Department's Commission on Unalienable Rights, calling for a sober and deliberate reflection about the roots of human rights in the American constitutional tradition and their reach in the conduct of America's foreign affairs.

  • Illinois Small Business Owners Express Concern Over New Human Rights Laws

    September 16, 2019

    The state of Illinois has expanded its human rights laws to include businesses with fewer than 15 workers and to impose broad requirements for the way alleged human rights claims are processed, decided, litigated, and punished.

  • UNHCHR Criticizes U.S. Policy on Migrant Child and Family Detentions

    September 06, 2019

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has voiced concern over the Trump Administration's policy to allow migrant children and their families to be detained for extended periods beyond those permitted by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • UN Special Rapporteur Monitors Vancouver Homeless Relocation

    August 22, 2019

    Leilani Farha, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, has informed Vancouver, Canada officials that she is closely monitoring potential human rights law violations associated with city attempts to relocate 200 people who, for one year, have been living in tents at Oppenheimer Park.

  • UN Agents: US Must Take Action on “Hate Speech”

    August 09, 2019

    According to the New York Daily News, UN human rights mandate holders are demanding that the US government “take swift and decisive action” to limit “hate speech, intolerance, bigotry and racism,” citing their connection to fatal attacks such as the mass shootings that occurred over the past weekend in El Paso and Dayton.

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