UN Treaty Watch

  • 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.

  • 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.

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