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  • UN Committee Criticizes U.S. Police Practices

    December 03, 2014

    In its review of the U.S. record of preventing torture, the UN Committee Against Torture expressed concern over alleged "frequent and recurrent" police violence and called for an independent investigation of every instance of alleged excessive use of force.

  • Analysis Indicates Pressure from UN Human Rights System on Abortion

    December 03, 2014

    New analysis of the UN's Universal Periodic Review process finds that several countries are using these reviews of country commitments to UN human rights treaties to place pressure on governments to loosen restrictions on abortion.

  • HRW Criticizes Limited U.S. Shift on UN Torture Treaty

    November 19, 2014

    Human Rights Watch ("HRW") has criticized the Obama Administration, which has expanded its interpretation of the UN Convention Against Torture, for not fully adopting the UN Committee Against Torture's position that the treaty applies in any area of the world where the U.S. has "effective control."

  • UN Committee Criticizes Israel Rights Record

    November 05, 2014

    The flow of accusations of Israeli human rights violations from the UN continues as the organization's Human Rights Committee has criticized the country for alleged transgressions in the recent conflict in and continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip.

  • Vatican Counters UN Committee Comments on Child Rights

    October 08, 2014

    The Holy See's official response to the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, upon the Committee's recent review of the Vatican's report, asserts that the Committee has manifested "a lack of respect for the text" of the treaty upon which it is based.

  • UN Committee Questions Morocco on Privatization of Schools

    September 10, 2014

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recently questioned delegates from Morocco on the effect of the country's privatization of schools, with the goal of promoting competition, on the right to education, which is described as a "public good" in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • UN Committee Criticizes U.S. for Wide-Ranging "Racial Bias"

    September 03, 2014

    While the legal process continues in Ferguson, Missouri, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has weighed in, bashing U.S. law enforcement, legal, and education practices.

  • NAACP Raises St. Louis Shooting Before UN Committee

    August 20, 2014

    The NAACP has announced that it has raised the recent police shooting of an African American teenager in St. Louis with the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, arguing that the incident was a violation of international human rights law.

  • Binchy: On Abortion, UN Committee Contradicts Human Rights Law

    August 20, 2014

    Professor William Binchy, former member of the Irish Human Rights Commission, writes that the UN Human Rights Committee's call for a referendum in Ireland on relaxing the country's abortion restrictions contradicts the purposes of human rights.

  • UN Committee: Irish Abortion Laws Violate Human Rights

    July 30, 2014

    Finding that Ireland's current, "highly restrictive" abortion laws violate the human rights of women, the UN Human Rights Committee has published a report calling on the country to hold a constitutional referendum to ensure women's access to abortion.

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