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]
August 26, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
A UN spokesperson said Monday that the UN plans to contact the US government about reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) hacked UN internal communications. The UN said that international treaties protect its offices and all diplomatic missions from interference, spying and eavesdropping. ...[read more]
August 8, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged states to honor treaties with indigenous peoples, two days before the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Pillay stated that treaties with indigenous peoples ought to be respected regardless of how long ago they ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Of the 139 states that signed the Rome Statute, 32 have not yet ratified the treaty. According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, a state that has signed but not ratified a treaty is obliged to refrain from "acts which would defeat the object and purpose" of the treaty. Israel, ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
During the course of the War on Terror, the US military detained hundreds of individuals as "enemy combatants"a label the US government used to denote their legal status as unlawful combatants without protections under the Geneva Conventions. With military conflicts first in Afghanistan and la... ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On October 7, 2001, following the beginning of the War on Terror, the US military began detaining hundreds of suspected terrorists. Many of those captured were designated "enemy combatants" a label coined by the administration of President George W. Bush to denote their legal status as unlawf... ...[read more]

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