Laura Profumo delivers the latest human rights happenings. In the News: Right to die campaigners have sustained yet another setback, following the judgment of R (AM) v General Medical Council last week. ‘Martin’, a sufferer of ‘locked in’ syndrome, submitted that the GMC’s guidance on assisted suicide violated ECHR Articles 8 and 10, interfering with […]
The town council in Trigueros del Valle, a small town of 330 residents in Spain, has issued a ground-breaking ruling. It unanimously voted to essentially give the same rights to dogs and cats that human residents have. By defining them...Show More Summary
The United States over the years has barred several United Nations officials from conducting in-person inspections of American prisons, despite mandates from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Post stepped up a campaign for the release of its jailed reporter in Iran, Jason Rezaian, on Wednesday, appealing to the U.N. Human Rights Council to help secure his release after a year of what it called "arbitrary" detention.
The US trade embargo on Cuba will not be lifted until Havana relaxes its human rights policies and releases at least some high-profile prisoners, former US National Security Council senior official Raymond Tanter told Sputnik.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Human Rights Council, an inter-governmental body charged with upholding human rights around the world, issued a resolution on the importance of the family in achieving sustainable development. Despite...Show More Summary
GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council must intervene in Burundi to prevent mass atrocities and the risk of a regional conflict, seven independent U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday.
HRC signed on to an appeal from LGBT groups around the world requesting that the United Nations Human Rights Council develop a systemic response to LGBTI human rights violations.
A few weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released a report alleging that Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during the 50-day conflict last summer in the Gaza Strip. While Israel has acknowledged that many Palestinian civilians were killed as a result of the war, it has denounced the allegations that it intentionally targeted […]
On July 3rd, the top choice for the UN's first digital privacy investigator, Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, was rejected by the German president of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), who cited complaints from activist groups that she was not a...Show More Summary
In June I attended meetings at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and UNESCO world headquarters in Paris, France.
Katrin Nyman-Metcalf seems like the perfect person to serve as the United Nations’ first digital privacy investigator, a position proposed by Germany and Brazil and approved unanimously by the U.N. Human Rights Council last March. She is a professor of International and Comparative Law and Chair of Law and Technology at Tallinn Law School in Estonia. Show More Summary
The US was the only country in the world to oppose a resolution calling for Israel to be held accountable for war crimes, at the 29th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held from 15 June to 3 July 2015. The US voted against “ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in” the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The Guardian: The Estonian picked as the United Nation’s first digital privacy investigator was blocked on Friday by the German president of the UN Human Rights Council, after activist groups said she would not be a strong enough critic...Show More Summary
(Scott Johnson) The United National Human Rights Council is a body whose essential purpose is to stigmatize the Jewish state for imaginary crimes. The Obama administration therefore deems it important for the United States to fund and...Show More Summary
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the UN Human Rights Council for adopting a resolution that accepted a report on war crimes the document said were committed by both Israel and Hamas in the summer of 2014.
Cruz Calls For US To Quit UN Rights Body Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Friday for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), after the body voted to condemn Israel’s conduct during the 2014 war in Gaza. The U.S. was the only country to vote...
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Estonian picked as the U.N.'s first digital privacy investigator was blocked on Friday by the German president of the Human Rights Council after activist groups said she would not be a strong enough critic of U.S. surveillance.
The 47-member UN Human Rights Council in Geneva just voted to assail Israel because of the Hamas-triggered war in the summer of 2014. That's right, assail Israel, not Hamas. There will be those silver-tongued diplomats from Europe and...Show More Summary
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria rejected a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning its aerial bombing tactics record on Thursday, saying the use of barrel bombs was a "technical" issue that was no business of the Geneva-based body.