UN Treaty Watch

  • UN Committee: Australia Violated Rights of Guantanamo Detainee

    February 22, 2016

    The UN Human Rights Committee has found that Australia violated international human rights law by imprisoning former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks following his trial by US military commission and his return to Australia to serve out the remainder of his prison term.

  • UN Committee Questions Australia Ruling on Refugee Children

    February 10, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has voiced concern regarding a ruling by the Australian High Court that the Government's detention of asylum seekers at offshore facilities is legal, questioning whether the decision complies with Australia's treaty obligations to prioritize "the best interests of the child" in any decision regarding children.

  • UN Committee: Prioritize Public over Private Education

    February 10, 2016

    In its observations on child rights in Kenya, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child called on the Kenyan government to "prioritize free primary quality education at public schools over private schools and informal low cost schools" in order to guarantee the right to education in the country.

  • Windschuttle: Global Governance Threatens Australian Institutions

    February 10, 2016

    Author Keith Windschuttle writes that academics and judges are seeking to use the tools of global governance and international treaties to take power from the people of Australia in shaping Australian policies such as the treatment of refugees and the recognition of legal interests held by the Aboriginal people.

  • UN Committee Calls on Ireland to Loosen Abortion Laws

    February 08, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on the Irish Government to decriminalize abortion "in all circumstances" and has opined that Irish law, which only permits abortion in the case of a "real and substantial risk" to the mother's life, impermissibly restricts doctors from the provision of medical services.

  • UN Working Group: US Is Failing to Guarantee Women's Rights

    December 30, 2015

    Following a ten-day visit to the US, the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice has warned that political "polarization" and the obstacle of federalism in the US has threatened the government's ability to protect women's human rights and the access of women to the "exercise of their reproductive rights."

  • UN Agent Pushes Human-Rights Obligations in Climate Deal

    December 28, 2015

    Asserting that all countries at the recent UN climate talks in Paris have an obligation to protect the "vast range of human rights" under threat through global warming, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment John Knox called on these countries to honor their human-rights treaty commitments with strong pledges to counter climate change in the pact.

  • UN Committee Criticizes Polish Abortion Restrictions

    December 17, 2015

    In a recent review of Poland, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child called for the government to loosen restrictions on access to abortion and to improve access to "sexual and reproductive health services" for adolescent boys and girls.

  • Archbishop: UN Should Consider Benefits of School Choice

    November 25, 2015

    In a statement on the Holy See to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination ("CERD"), Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Roman Catholic Archidocese of Atlanta called for CERD to consider the benefits of Catholic schools in encouraging upward mobility in minority communities.

  • UN Committee Investigates UK over Welfare Benefits

    September 01, 2015

    The Independent reports that the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has notified a British nonprofit group that it will send an agent to the UK to investigate whether government reforms of the welfare system have violated the human rights of people with disabilities.

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