In 2006 as the Human Rights Council was being set up, I wrote an opinion piece on this website in which I shared, among other aspects, my impressions as to how the Council would shape up. Experience thus far produced mixed assessment. The transition from the Commission to the Council took a couple of years, [...]
Scottish lawmakers proposed a bill Friday that would incorporate four UN human rights treaties into Scottish law, offering children greater human rights protections in domestic courts. The bill is set to undergo parliamentary elections and would include the following UN conventions: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESC), the Convention on the Elimination [...]
The draft report by Secretary of State Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights has the Kremlin dancing a collective Barynya of glee. The current US administration and President Putin already share the parochial view that rights are derived from and informed by God rather than a person’s inherent dignity. This fact alone should concern anyone committed [...]
“The man who laughs has not yet heard the terrible news.” -Bertolt Brecht Any explicit comparisons of the Trump presidency with the Third Reich will elicit multiple cries of horror and execration across the United States, even when it had first been admitted that this American administration is similarly misleading and existentially dangerous. Nonetheless, to [...]
In the wake of the global pandemic and the nation-wide lockdown, a heavy constraint has been put on individuals as well as the economy. To minimize the impact of the pandemic on the general public as well as business establishments and ensure minimum disruption in the supply chain, many amendments, advisories and announcements have been [...]
In January 2018, following the killing of Iranians in European countries, the EU imposed new sanctions on Iran. This came after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in August 2018. The International Court of Justice then issued a decision ordering the United States to lift [...]
A group of independent UN human rights experts called upon Bahrain to end human rights violations and investigate events surrounding the State of National Safety declared in 2011. The experts warned against military courts exercising jurisdiction over civilians and discrimination based on gender, gender identity and ethnicity. The report called for abolishment of the death penalty and [...]
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: A UN committee found Friday that the UK is breaching the rights of women in Northern Ireland by restricting their access to abortions. Brazil's Supreme Federal Court...
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: The Supreme Court of Ireland formally ruled in a unanimous decision on Friday that the complete employment ban on asylum seekers was unconstitutional. UN Commissioner for...
The German Parliament passed a controversial persons with disabilities rights act Thursday. The Federal Participation Law , has been in the works since early 2016 and is proposed to enhance an inclusive society and increase...