UN Treaty Watch

  • UN Agents Call for Abortion Access in Honduras

    July 24, 2017

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has called on a commission charged with reforming the penal code of Honduras to include in their recommendations policies implementing "international human rights standards" ensuring that "women and girls can enjoy their full human rights to sexual and reproductive health" by permitting them access to abortion.

  • Kelly: UN Must "Recalibrate" Human Rights Movement

    July 05, 2017

    Jim Kelly of Solidarity Center for Law and Justice writes that the UN human rights system must shift its focus away from its broad "catechism" of economic, social, and cultural rights and toward the promotion of the fundamental rights that form the basis of America's Declaration of Independence.

  • US Joins UNHRC Resolution on Climate-related Rights

    June 28, 2017

    The website Climate Home reports that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has passed, with US support, a resolution calling for the examination of countries' international obligations to protect the human rights of "climate-induced migrants" fleeing the impacts of global warming in their home countries.

  • UN Body Criticizes Hungarian Detention Policies

    May 03, 2017

    At the end of a recent visit to Hungary, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture issued a statement calling on the country to address its "excessive use of detention" and communicating the group's opposition to the government's practice of automatically detaining asylum seekers for extended periods.

  • UN Criticizes Hungarian Migrant Detention Plan

    March 17, 2017

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has criticized a law recently passed by the Hungarian Parliament, arguing that it could lead to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers in violation of UN human rights treaties and European human rights law.

  • UN Agent: Brazil Budget Freeze Would Violate Rights

    December 14, 2016

    UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has warned that Brazil's planned constitutional amendment freezing social spending over the next 20 years to rein in the country's spending "clearly violates" Brazil's international obligation to protect economic, social, and cultural rights.

  • Australian Official Links Gay Marriage, International Rights

    December 02, 2016

    The Guardian reports that Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has found a "broad emerging consensus" among international bodies and other jurisdictions urging recognition of same-sex marriage as a human right under international law and has asserted that such a right should not be subject to a "majoritarian" referendum in Australia.

  • UK Counters UN Disability Report

    November 16, 2016

    The BBC reports that British Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green has criticized the findings of the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled Persons, which claimed that UK government welfare and benefits cuts violated the country's rights obligations under a UN disability treaty, for using a "patronizing and offensive" view of disability.

  • UN Group Criticizes Handling of French "Jungle" Camp

    November 07, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has asserted that the UK and France have "completely disregarded" their global human rights obligations by failing to abide by the Committee's "precise recommendations" for dealing with child migrants while dismantling the Calais "Jungle" migrant camp in France.

  • Paper: UN Climate Deal Includes Rights Obligations

    November 02, 2016

    Patrícia Galvão Ferreira of the Centre for International Governance Innovation argues that the combination of provisions referring to human rights in the UN's Paris climate deal and Sustainable Development Goals means that many countries have accepted an obligation to integrate the global human rights agenda in their efforts to combat global warming.

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