December 1, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The UN Committee Against Torture released a report on Friday that found the US has fallen short of full compliance with the Convention Against Torture international treaty. Police brutality, detention facilities, military interrogations and the criminalization of torture itself were several of ...[read more]
November 28, 2014
by Emelina Perez
The UN Committee Against Torture has urged the US to begin prompt, impartial investigations into all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force by police officers, and to limit the use of electrical discharge weapons. The committee expressed concern over the use of force against people ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday expressed concern that the legalization of marijuana by some US states is not compatible with existing international drug conventions. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov stated that the UNODC is following the legalization trend ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Changing international relations at the end of the 20th century, as well as concern for how various countries would handle sensitive environmental issues, led to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Conference. Held in June 1992, the conference produced the first ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Amnesty International (AI) called on Nepalese authorities to bring justice to the individuals responsible for the disappearance of the "Dhanusha Five" during the armed conflict in Nepal between 1996-2006. The report notes more than 1,300 people are believed to have disappeared during the conflict, ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian officials have delivered letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties. Upon signing these letters of accession, President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized Palestine's effort to continue negotiations with Israel, which ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) released a report Wednesday condemning the Holy See for its handling of allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The report calls on the Vatican to remove all priests who have, or are suspected of committed acts of ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Taylor Gillan
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that the exclusion of same-sex couples from civil unions under Greek law is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court held that the ban violates Article 8 (the right to respect for private and family life) and ...[read more]
September 4, 2013
by G. Redd
The Syrian government is currently using cluster munitions in its ongoing conflict, according to a report Wednesday by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Moniter (LCMM), an organization co-founded by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Cluster munitions are similar to landmines and have been voluntarily ...[read more]

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