International Organizations

  • US Blocks UNSC Resolution on Israeli Demolition of Buildings

    July 26, 2019

    Reuters reports that US officials have blocked the introduction of a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning Israel’s destruction of apartment buildings, most of which are still under construction, which Israeli authorities argued were built illegally and too close to the West Bank security barrier.

  • UN Officials: Israeli Destruction of Homes Violates Law

    July 26, 2019

    A statement by three UN officials criticizes as a violation of Israel’s international legal obligations an Israeli Supreme Court decision approving the destruction of homes in the community of Sur Bahir because the buildings were constructed too close to the West Bank security barrier.

  • UN Officials: Climate Change Threatens “Sustainability” Agenda

    July 26, 2019

    The recent UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development included calls by UN officials for governments to treat climate change as a “threat multiplier” that must be tackled for the UN to achieve the targets contained in the organization’s comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

  • UN Observers Criticize Italian Criminalization of Sea Rescues

    July 26, 2019

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders have condemned Italian policies aimed at discouraging migrants from undertaking the dangerous sea voyage between Africa and Europe by imposing criminal sanctions on civil society representatives who rescue migrants at sea.

  • UN Agent Disputes Hungary on Migration “Crisis”

    July 26, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Felipe González Morales has disputed the Hungarian government’s characterization of its migration situation as a “crisis” and has called on Hungarian officials to adopt a human rights-focused approach toward migrants.

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