UN Treaty Watch

  • 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.

  • UN Observer Accuses UK of Widespread Racial Discrimination

    June 19, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on racism and human rights E. Tendayi Achiume has accused the UK government of exacerbating the “persistent exclusion and marginalization of racial and ethnic minorities” through a broad array of policies, including “austerity” measures.

  • UN Agents Support US Man Accused of Aiding Illegal Migration

    June 12, 2019

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has called on the US to drop charges against a man it labels a “migrant rights defender” arrested by authorities for assisting migrants illegally crossing the US-Mexican border in Arizona.

  • UN Agent Points to “Human Right” to Improved Air Quality

    June 05, 2019

    On World Environment Day, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment David Boyd highlighted the UN’s commitment to the nontraditional “right to live in a healthy environment” by listing a series of policy decisions states must make in developing and enforcing “air quality action plans” around the world.

  • UN Agent Finds Rights Violations in Assange Treatment

    June 04, 2019

    The New York Times reports that the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and ill treatment Nils Melzer has determined that Britain, the US, and Sweden are exposing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to “psychological torture” and demanded that he not be extradited to the US on espionage charges due to the conditions in which he would be held.

  • US Foreign Policy Officials Announce Natural Law Commission

    June 04, 2019

    The US State Department has announced plans to launch a Commission on Unalienable Rights that “will provide fresh thinking about human rights discourse” and whether it has diverged from US founding principles and natural law.

  • UN Tribunal Orders Russia’s Release of Ukrainian Sailors

    June 04, 2019

    The UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ordered Russia to release Ukrainian sailors it captured last November in the Kerch Strait.

  • UN Rights Office Criticizes US State Abortion Restrictions

    May 22, 2019

    Wading into a domestic political debate over abortion policies, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticized as “inherently discriminatory” and dangerous laws recently passed in US states restricting abortion access.

  • Australians File Rights Complaint with UN on Climate Change

    May 15, 2019

    Indigenous Australians living on the Torres Strait Islands have filed a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee alleging that the Australian government has violated their rights by failing to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions and thus allowing rising sea levels caused by global warming to encroach on their communities.

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