UN Treaty Watch

  • UN Body Seeks Release of Assange over "Disproportionate" Sentencing

    May 08, 2019

    The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on the UK government to release Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from prison due to what it deems to be his “disproportionate sentence” for the “minor violation” of the terms of his bail over sexual assault and rape charges in 2012.

  • UN Agent Criticizes Canada on Respect of Disability Rights

    May 01, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur Catalina Devandas has alleged “significant shortcomings” in Canada’s approach to respecting the rights of persons with disabilities, criticizing the need for “lengthy and onerous” legal procedures to challenge discrimination and pointing to “living independently in the community” as a human right.

  • UN Agent: France Is Violating “Human Right” to Housing

    April 30, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha has criticized France for the “crisis proportions” of its homelessness problems, calling the government’s solution of providing hotel rooms to homeless families “completely incompatible with human rights standards.”

  • US Declines to Appoint Envoy to UN Body on Discrimination

    April 30, 2019

    Politico reports that the Trump Administration has decided not to appoint a representative to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a human rights treaty body charged with reviewing the global impacts of racial discrimination on rights.

  • UN Observers Point to Right to Social “Safety Nets”

    April 29, 2019

    Expressing alarm regarding the impacts of the country’s tightening monetary policy on economic, social, and cultural “rights,” a group of UN human rights mandate holders has called on the government of Zimbabwe to perform “human rights impact assessments” of any future economic reforms, in line with international standards.

  • UN Observer Criticizes Brazilian Commemoration Plans

    April 26, 2019

    UN human rights mandate holder Fabián Salvioli has called on the Brazilian government not to proceed with plans to commemorate the anniversary of a military coup in 1964, raising questions regarding the UN human rights apparatus’s proper role in opining on domestic political considerations.

  • UN Agent Seeks Rights Review of Debt Repayment in Mozambique

    April 26, 2019

    The UN’s Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky has asserted that Mozambique’s sovereign debt threatens “economic, social and cultural rights” in the country, particularly in the wake of the impacts of Cyclone Idai, arguing that the concept of debt sustainability must include human rights considerations.

  • UN Treaty Bodies Advance Climate Change Agenda

    April 24, 2019

    Two environmental activist organizations have produced a report documenting a rise in UN human rights treaty body recommendations related to climate change, showing the success of efforts by NGOs to link the global environmental agenda to “economic, social, and cultural rights.”

  • UN Agents: Extradition of Assange to US Threatens Human Rights

    April 15, 2019

    Multiple UN human rights mandate holders have warned that the UK's detention of Julian Assange and planned extradition to the US on a conspiracy charge expose the Wikileaks founder to "serious human rights violations," including of his rights to life, a fair trial, and against torture.

  • UN Rights Observer Criticizes Israel on Resource Use, Environment

    April 04, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian rights Michael Lynk has issued a report accusing the Israeli government of plundering the natural resources of the Palestinian people and failing to protect the environment in “occupied” territory in violation of Palestinian rights to development and to a healthy environment.

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