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  • UN Rights Chief Opines on US Detention of Migrant Children

    July 10, 2019

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has criticized the US government for its detention of migrant children and has signaled the view of her UN human rights apparatus that detaining children and separating them from their families violates international human rights law.

  • UN Rights Chief Links Climate Action to Women’s Rights

    July 10, 2019

    Opening a UN Human Rights Council discussion on climate change and women’s rights, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that global warming is “stripping people of their rights and identity” and pointed to “a number of clear links” between the phenomenon and violations of women’s rights.

  • UN Body Seeks Government Role in Combating Gender Norms

    July 03, 2019

    A UN Working Group on discrimination against women has published a report calling on governments to combat “gendered social norms and stereotypes” to address women’s “deprivation of liberty,” including through lack of access to economic opportunities, in countries around the world.

  • UN Agents: Human Rights Depend on Biodiversity Protection

    June 26, 2019

    UN human rights mandate holders have issued a statement warning that governments that fail to protect biodiversity are violating the modern human rights agenda, which guarantees protections for health, food, safe water, and a healthy environment.

  • UN Observer Indicates Broad Role for State in Mental Health

    June 26, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health Dainius Pūras highlighted the broad and sometimes metaphysical nature of what the UN human rights apparatus considers to be within its remit by calling on governments to ensure they factor in the importance of all kinds of “social relationships” as they promote mental health.

  • UN Body Blames Israel for Palestinian Rights Violations

    June 26, 2019

    The UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices has published an “end-of-mission statement” after its visit to Amman, Jordan, accusing Israel of contributing to a widespread degradation of human rights of Palestinians in “occupied” territories.

  • UN Agent Praises Canada’s Action on “Right to Housing”

    June 26, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha has praised Canada’s recognition, in dialogue with the UN human rights apparatus, of a right to housing and its plans to appoint a Federal Housing Advocate to monitor the government’s progress in fulfilling this right.

  • UN Observer Calls for International Action Against Israel

    June 26, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk, whose mandate centers on alleged human rights violations committed by Israel in “occupied” territories, has criticized Israeli and US politicians for proposing that Israel annex parts or all of the West Bank and has called on the “international community” to consider “remedies and countermeasures” to hold Israel accountable.

  • UN Observer Warns of “Climate Apartheid”

    June 25, 2019

    UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston has issued a report warning of a coming “climate apartheid” in which only the rich can escape the impacts of global warming and calling for a “deep social and economic transformation” to avoid associated threats to democracy and the rule of law.

  • Ponnuru Praises US Establishment of Unalienable Rights Body

    June 25, 2019

    Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review praises the US State Department’s development of a commission to explore the relationship between the global human rights regime and traditional, “natural rights” and how the US should prioritize rights in its foreign policy.

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