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Syria: Impose Arms Embargo on Regime Following Deadly Airstrikes

Human Rights Watch | – – (New York) – The United Nations Security Council should impose an arms embargo on the Syrian government following the government’s repeated air attacks on Douma’s popular…

Human Rights Group Seeks To Decriminalize Sex Workers Globally

Human rights group Amnesty International is holding its 32nd council meeting in Dublin, Ireland, from August 7 to 11 to vote on the decriminalization of sex work around the world. Against scattered opposition, the 500 or so Amnesty members are expected to push through the draft policy two years in the making. Show More Summary

The Round Up: The right to die battle – last rites, or the long game?

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 […]

Animal Advocates Rejoice: Ruling Gives Dogs And Cats The Same Rights As Humans

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

United Nations Urges Washington to Allow it to Inspect US Prisons

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 Post takes case of jailed Tehran reporter to the U.N.

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.

US Embargo Stays Until Cuba Releases Prisoners, Improves Rights

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.

A Man's Home Is Not His Castle

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

Rights experts call for U.N. to intervene in Burundi

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 Joins 417 International NGOs Urging the UNHRC to Respond to LGBTI Human Rights Violations

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.

How many dead civilians makes a war crime? Ask the UN, Israel, and Hamas.

 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 […]

Taming the Wild West of Surveillance: UN Dips Into Digital Privacy

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

Challenge: Violent Extremism and Youth Radicalization

In June I attended meetings at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and UNESCO world headquarters in Paris, France.

The U.N.’s New Digital Privacy Investigator Should Have Been Estonian

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

US only country to oppose UN holding Israel accountable for war crimes, yet again

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.

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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

Anne Bayefsky explains

(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

An Unlikely Victim: Netanyahu Decries UNHR Resolution for Targeting Israel

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.

Ted Cruz calls for US to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

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...

Top choice blocked for U.N. digital privacy investigator post

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.

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