UN Treaty Watch

  • UN Body: War on Drugs Is “System of Racial Control”

    March 20, 2019

    In the run-up to a UN meeting on global narcotics policy, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has condemned the global war on drugs as disproportionately targeting people of African heritage, characterizing anti-drug policies “as a system of racial control.”

  • Columnist Calls for Global Curtailment of Property Rights

    March 18, 2019

    George Monbiot of The Guardian, lamenting the connection between labor and private property that is at the heart of the capitalist system and the current paradigm of global property rights, argues that the Universal Declaration on Human Rights should be amended to limit property rights for the benefit of future generations.

  • UN Body Demands UK Action on Abortion in Northern Ireland

    March 14, 2019

    Irish Legal News reports that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has reiterated objections to Northern Ireland’s abortion restrictions and has called on UK authorities to force the country to decriminalize access to abortion in compliance with its “international human rights obligations.”

  • UN Agent Warns of Threat to Speech in EU Copyright Rules

    March 13, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye has called on EU institutions to revise the proposed EU Copyright Directive to reduce the pressure on internet companies to provide for “pre-publication filtering” of protected content, warning such pressure will harm online “information diversity and media pluralism.”

  • UN Official: Economic, Social Rights Are Key to SDGs

    March 08, 2019

    In remarks to the UN Human Rights Council, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed underlined the international organization’s commitment to linking the 169 targets of its comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the realization of its broad agenda for economic, social, and cultural rights.

  • UN Rights Chief Focuses on Economic Inequality in Address

    March 07, 2019

    According to NPR, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet used part of her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council to focus on income and wealth inequality as “fundamental challenges” to the international human rights agenda.

  • UN Agent: Confinement Based on Disabilities Violates Rights

    March 07, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Catalina Devandas has referred to the confinement of people on the basis of a disability, including the institutionalization of children with disabilities by their parents, as a “massive human rights violation.”

  • UN Observers Call for Accountability for Israeli “War Crimes”

    March 07, 2019

    Responding to the findings of a UN Commission of Inquiry on the treatment of Palestinian demonstrators at the Israeli border in 2018, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the rights of Palestinians Michael Lynk echoed the body’s calls for international legal accountability of Israeli forces for alleged “war crimes.”

  • UN Agent Promotes “Impact Assessments” of Economic Reforms

    March 07, 2019

    UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky is using his reports on Ukraine and Sri Lanka, demanding a “balance” between economic development and human rights, to promote his Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Economic Reforms at the UN Human Rights Council.

  • UN Observer Identifies Air Pollution as Rights Threat

    March 07, 2019

    In a recent interview, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment David Boyd called on governments "to fulfill their human rights obligations by reducing air pollution to acceptable levels," including by shutting down all coal-fired power plants and creating “national air quality action plans.”

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