April 9, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday called on Kazakhstan to increase protections for individuals who live in toxic areas within the country. Tuncak was on an a 14-day mission, during which he visited several cities and towns within ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Human Rights Council and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and could undercut the ability of ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those who ...[read more]
October 27, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, on Friday praised the international community's collective adoption of laws, policies and strategies further entrenching the right to food over the past decade. De Schutter emphasized in his final report to the UN General Assembly ...[read more]
June 22, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 22, 2009, US President Obama signed the Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act (FSTPA) into law, authorizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products. The focus of FSTPA was to curb tobacco companies' potential influence over children while preserving the ...[read more]
April 19, 2013
by Sarah Posner
A group of UN independent experts urged the World Bank on Thursday to adopt human rights standards that will protect vulnerable populations at the World Bank's meeting on the organization's social policies. The UN experts want to ensure that the World Bank will respect human rights in all their ...[read more]
April 29, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On April 29, 2011, the Canada Supreme Court ruled that Ontario's Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA), which denies agricultural workers the right to unionize and engage in collective bargaining, does not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court determined in an 8-1 ...[read more]
March 17, 2012
by Zach Gordon
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Westley of the Tulane University Law School says that a recent Ninth Circuit decision upholding the Washington state's cut to a food aid program for legal immigrants is a prime example of how constitutional formalism justifies leaving some members of the political ...[read more]
November 18, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter said Friday that the World Trade Organization (WTO) must make food security a top priority at its global trade talks next month. De Schutter stressed that WTO policies do not adequately ensure the right to food in developing countries, ...[read more]
October 14, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, announced on Thursday that he supports a Mexican constitutional reform which recognizes the right to food. The reform targets articles 4 and 27 of the Mexican constitution. Article 4 guarantees that "o one may be deprived of the fr... ...[read more]

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