International Organizations

  • NGO Gives US Poor Rating on Human Rights Compliance

    June 10, 2019

    The Human Rights Measurement Initiative, a nongovernmental organization based in New Zealand, has released its assessment of adherence by 19 countries to the global human rights agenda, finding the US in particular scored poorly on such norms as preventing extrajudicial killings and torture, as well as the rights to food and to health.

  • UN Official Labels US Abortion Restrictions “Torture”

    June 05, 2019

    In a recent interview, the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore referred to new state restrictions on abortion in the US as “torture” and “gender-based violence against women.”

  • UN Commission Pushes Asia on SDG Contributions

    June 05, 2019

    The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, which the UN “informally” refers to as a “regional parliament,” focused its recent conference on the vast region’s contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responses to the global “climate emergency.”

  • Committee Chair: OSCE Must Promote SDGs to Advance Security

    June 05, 2019

    The Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s economic and environmental committee Nilza de Sena has called for the OSCE to promote the UN’s comprehensive social and environmental targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a means to advance security across Europe.

  • OSCE Office Reviews Draft Austrian Law on Online “Responsibility”

    June 05, 2019

    In a recent legal review of a draft Austrian Law on Diligence and Responsibility Online, the Office of the Media Freedom Representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) expressed concern with potential chilling effects of mandates on service providers to perform “quasi-law-enforcement” functions with regard to content.

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