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Myanmar Coup: “A Crisis Born of Impunity”

LRWC joins worldwide calls for action to restore civilian authorities [Editors note: Column is current to its submission date of 19 Feb 2021] The military coup in Myanmar shocked the world on the 1st of February, but the junta’s actions since then have surprised no one. International organizations, governments, and civil society organizations around the globe have expressed outrage or at least “concern” about the abrupt halt to Myanmar’s decade of stumbling political reform. Hundreds of thousa...
Tags: Law, China, Russia, European Union, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United Nations, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bangladesh, Un, Myanmar, UN Security Council, Geneva, Norway, States


'A pandemic of abuses': human rights under attack during Covid, says UN head

Exclusive: Freedoms have been crushed and free speech impeded by governments around the world, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, COVID, António GuterresThe


Human rights in the time of Covid: 'a pandemic of abuses’, says UN head

Exclusive: The ‘biggest international crisis in generations’ has rolled back years of progress and been used as a pretext to crackdown on freedoms, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, António GuterresThe


Yemen risks worst famine on planet in 'decades', say UN officials

Tens of thousands more civilians could be displaced due to attacks by Houthi rebels in Marib provinceThe conflict in Yemen has taken a “sharp escalatory turn” and the country is speeding towards the worst famine the world has seen in decades, UN officials have warned, as the US under Joe Biden takes a renewed interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the war.In one of his more downbeat monthly assessments, the UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the security council attacks by the Houthi r...
Tags: US, Famine, Society, World news, Joe Biden, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Global development, Un, Yemen, Security Council, Marib, Martin Griffiths, Marib province


The Time Machine

Long Now co-founder Brian Eno in front of his 77 Million Paintings generative artwork (02007). Editor’s Note: This paper was sent our way by its lead author, Henry McGhie. It was originally published in Museum & Society, July 2020. 18(2) 183-197. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. No changes have been made.  The Time Machine: challenging perceptions of time and place to enhance climate change engagement throu...
Tags: Art, UK, New York, Texas, London, Climate Change, Australia, Future, US, Society, Unesco, Britain, Commerce, Paris, Manchester, United Nations


Just £12,000 of £40m fund for displaced Chagos islanders has been spent

MP representing most of UK’s Chagossians says failure to use compensation money to help those facing hardship is outrageousLess than £12,000 of a £40m fund set up to compensate Chagos islanders who were forcibly evicted from their homeland by the British government has reached those living in the UK.Four years after it was announced, the Foreign Office fund has distributed less than 1% of its budget in direct support to islanders forced from their homes in the Indian Ocean. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, UK News, US military, United Nations, International court of justice, Foreign, Gatwick Airport, Chagos Islands, Mauritius, Foreign Office, Commonwealth and Development Office, UN Global Compact partner zone: transforming busin


EU 'not fit for purpose' to reduce poverty in Europe, says UN envoy

Brexit risks exacerbating poverty issues, says human rights envoy after two-month investigationThe European Union is “not fit for purpose” in the task of reducing poverty in Europe and Brexit risks exacerbating the problem, the UN’s special envoy on human rights has said after a two-month investigation.Prof Olivier De Schutter, who was given access to senior officials across the bloc’s institutions, said the EU’s “constitutional framework” was driving a race to the bottom in corporation and inco...
Tags: Europe, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Social exclusion, United Nations, Un, Brexit, Olivier De Schutter


Companies are Preparing for ESG Disclosure Rules

Public companies in the U.S. find themselves at a dynamic time of emergent environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) disclosures. New appointees in the Biden Administration, from the SEC and the Labor Department to the top White House economic advisor, all signal mandatory ESG disclosures. The idea of ESG began in 2004 with a United Nations initiative to influence capital in non Western markets. While the federal government has to date stymied the call for ESG disclosures by vocal socially co...
Tags: Europe, Law, Climate Change, California, White House, America, Eu, Environmental, United Nations, SEC, Deepwater Horizon, Biden, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Michael Bloomberg, ESG, Environmental Law


Last words from "the only true outsider ever to win the presidency."

From Trump's Farewell Address, which I didn't watch live or on YouTube. I waited for the transcript, the cold record. He begins with something he ought to have been talking about since mid-November, instead of the doomed notion that he had won the election: As I conclude my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together. We did what we came here to do, and so much more... The next part of the speech is full of thanks. Thanks to ...
Tags: South Korea, Florida, Usa, Isis, Law, China, Israel, US, Jerusalem, America, Metaphor, United States, Nato, Paris, Middle East, United Nations


US, Iran ratchet up military activity ahead of Soleimani killing anniversary

By Nicole Gaouette | CNN The US and Iran charged each other with ratcheting up tensions in the Persian Gulf as concerns about potential conflict build days before Iran marks one year since the US assassinated its most powerful military figure and less than three weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Iran appealed to the UN Security Council on Thursday to stop the US from conducting what it called heightened “military adventurism” in the Gulf and the Oman Sea, including dispatching...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, Israel, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Soccer, Military, Middle East


Trump's Blackwater pardons an affront to justice, say UN experts

Rights experts say pardon of four contractors over Iraq killings undermine humanitarian lawDonald Trump’s pardon of four American men convicted of killing Iraqi civilians while working as contractors in 2007 violated US obligations under international law, United Nations human rights experts have said.Nicholas Slatten was convicted of first-degree murder and Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were convicted of voluntary and attempted manslaughter over an incident in which US contractors ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Iraq, US, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, United Nations, International criminal justice, Un, Baghdad, Trump, Blackwater, Nicholas Slatten, Trump Administration


‘Shoved aside’: Fiji set to lose top job on UN rights body in global power struggle

Country’s expected ascension to human rights council presidency is being challenged by a China-backed bid by BahrainFor a small country in the South Pacific that joined the UN’s powerful human rights council for the first time in 2019, Fiji has made giant strides within the organisation: right to the very top ... almost.By consensus, Fiji’s chief diplomat in Geneva, ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, was set to assume the presidency of the council for 2021, a historic first not only for Fiji, but f...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, China, World news, Asia Pacific, United Nations, Un, Geneva, South Pacific, Pacific, Fiji, Pacific Islands, Nazhat Shameem Khan


Unicef to feed hungry children in UK for first time in 70-year history

UN agency will help fund food parcels for those affected by coronavirus crisis in Southwark, south LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUnicef has launched a domestic emergency response in the UK for the first time in its more than 70-year history to help feed children hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The UN agency, which is responsible for providing humanitarian aid to children worldwide, said the coronavirus pandemic was the most urgent crisis affecting children since t...
Tags: UK, London, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Food Banks, United Nations, Un, Food poverty, Unicef, Southwark, Coronavirus


France security law incompatible with human rights, say UN experts

Special reporters take government to task over proposed legislation that would give police more powerUN experts have urged France to completely revise a proposed new security law, deeming it “incompatible” with international law and human rights.Five independent UN special reporters took the French government to task over the proposed legislation and said tinkering with it by rewriting certain clauses was not enough. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, France, World news, United Nations, Un


UK starts deployment of 300 troops to Mali as part of UN mission

UK forces join 56 other countries in Minusma peacekeeping mission Britain has begun a three-year deployment of 300 troops to the west African country of Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission, entering a region beset by an increasingly dangerous violent Islamist insurgency.The UK forces are deploying to Gao, in the east of the country, where militants have repeatedly attacked French, European and local armed forces, including a deadly 2017 suicide attack on a military base that killed more th...
Tags: UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Britain, Military, United Nations, British Army, Mali, Un, GAO, MINUSMA


Campaigners launch legal challenge over Stonehenge road tunnel

Grant Shapps is served with notice of potential action and has been asked to respond within 10 daysA legal challenge is being launched to halt government plans for a two-mile tunnel under Stonehenge that will cut through a world heritage site.Earlier this month the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, approved the £1.7bn project, which will include 8 miles of extended dual carriageway along the A303 in Wiltshire. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Law, UK News, Culture, Unesco, Heritage, United Nations, Road transport, Stonehenge, Grant Shapps, Wiltshire Continue


Where will Biden put Buttigieg?

Buttigieg will get some important position, Axios tells us (with no acknowledgement that there's any uncertainty that Biden has indeed been elected President).Biden officials have made clear to donors and party officials the question surrounding Buttigieg is not if, but where, he lands, Democrats close to Biden tell Axios. The position Buttigieg wants, we're told, is ambassador to the U.N., and of course it makes sense that his background as mayor of a small city in the midwest sets him up well ...
Tags: Law, New York City, Metaphor, United Nations, Biden, Cabinet, Kamala Harris, Mike Pence, Buttigieg, Ann Althouse, Pete Buttigieg, Axios, U.N, how does Kamala feel


UN urges resumption of mass measles and polio vaccinations

Unicef and WHO say Covid disruption has left 94 million without measles immunisationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUnicef and the World Health Organization have called for urgent action to prevent millions of avoidable child deaths from measles and polio by resuming mass vaccinations disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.They say that while there is no vaccine against the coronavirus yet, there are very effective immunisations against these two killer diseases, and chil...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Who, World Health Organization, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Unicef, Coronavirus


SpaceX wants to impose its 'own legal regime' on Mars for human settlements. A space law expert says that's dubious, but Earth should take it seriously anyway.

An illustration of SpaceX's Starship rocket system lifting off from a Mars city and heading back to Earth. SpaceX/YouTube Elon Musk wants to build a settlement on Mars using Starship, a new fully reusable rocket system that SpaceX is developing to carry 100 people per flight. SpaceX's general counsel recently said he's drafting "a constitution for Mars" and that the company may impose its "own legal regime" on the red planet. SpaceX apparently wants Mars to be "a free planet" where "no...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Law, China, Russia, US, Trends, Earth, Taiwan, United States, United Nations, Reddit, Mars


'Finding them is not rocket science': the hunt for the Rwandan genocide fugitives

Arrest of Félicien Kabuga in Paris has energised search for others accused of playing role in 1994 genocideNo one paid much attention to the stooped old man who lived in the third-floor apartment of the comfortable but unexceptional block in Asnières-sur-Seine, a suburb on the outskirts of Paris. He shuffled off for his daily walks, and muttered inaudibly to those who greeted him.Then one morning in late May, 84-year-old Félicien Kabuga’s neighbours woke up to the startling news that they had be...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, France, Africa, World news, Paris, United Nations, International criminal justice, Rwanda, Félicien Kabuga, Asnières Sur Seine


Yemen on brink of losing entire generation of children to hunger, UN warns

Food security crisis means acute malnutrition among under-fives at highest levels since war engulfed the countryAlmost 100,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying in Yemen as the country slides back into a hunger crisis.An analysis by UN agencies says the coronavirus pandemic, economic problems and conflict have led to the highest levels of malnutrition ever recorded in parts of the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Children, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Global development, Un, Yemen, Food Security


An Employer’s Guide to Election Day: Time Off for Voting and Threats

Election Day is nearly upon us. But unlike prior years, many Connecticut residents have already voted, thanks to the pandemic-related absentee ballot system uage. Still, next Tuesday, our fellow citizens will still take to the polls from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to vote for their favorite candidate.  You can find out where you should vote at this easy to use link. Any Time Off Required? In the last decade, we’ve seen more and more employers offer the day off to vote. But here in Connecticut, the questio...
Tags: Voting, Law, Vote, United States, Connecticut, United Nations, Employer, Bill, Biden, Election, Intimidation, Trump, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour, Election Day, Time Off


Book Review: A Reconciliation Without Recollection? an Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. A Reconciliation without Recollection? An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada. By Joshua Ben David Nichols. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020. xxx, 376 p. Includes bibl...
Tags: Law, Book Reviews, Canada, United Nations, British Columbia, Alberta, Calder, Nichols, Red River, League of Nations, Sparrow, University of Toronto Press, Canadian Law Library Review, Canadian Association of Law Libraries, John Borrows, British Imperial


Is Former SCC Chief Justice McLachlin’s Action Committee and Leadership of the A2J Agencies Avoiding the Major Issues? [Part 1 of 2 Parts]

[The content of this article is closely related to four of my previous posts on Slaw, dated: July 25, 2019; April 9, 2020; May 29, 2020; and, August 6, 2020. See also the full text on the SSRN.] The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in, R. v. Thanabalasingham 2020 SCC 18 (July 17, 2020; by a full Court of 9 Justices), demonstrates why the access to justice problem exists, i.e. the A2J problem of unaffordable legal services for middle- and lower-income people (they being the majority...
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Toronto, Canada, United Nations, Jordan, Johnson, Smith, British Columbia, Committee, Ontario, Ken, Supreme Court of Canada


Public Interest Litigation Keeping the Homeless Safe

Early in the pandemic, António Guterres the 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations, stated, Early signs are that the COVID-19 virus poses a greater direct health risk to men, and particularly older men. But the pandemic is exposing and exploiting inequalities of all kinds, including gender inequality. In the long term, its impact on women’s health, rights and freedoms could harm us all. More recently, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, highlighted the need for bet...
Tags: Law, Toronto, City, Canada, United Nations, Bill, Ontario, the City, Antonio Guterres, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Sossin, Sail Labrador Ltd, Howard Njoo, Consolidated Municipal Service, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, SSHA


China, Russia and Saudi Arabia set to join UN human rights council

Rights campaigners voice concerns as Cuba and Pakistan also expected to be electedChina, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to be elected to the board of the UN human rights council on Tuesday, leaving human rights campaigners in the countries aghast and pleading with EU states to commit to withholding their support.The Geneva-based monitoring NGO UN Watch described the situation as the equivalent of allowing five convicted arsonists to join the fire brigade. Continue reading.....
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Americas, Eu, World news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, United Nations, Geneva, Cuba


Children urged to strike against lack of action on climate emergency

Schoolchildren to protest on Friday in first such action since coronavirus pandemic struckSchoolchildren around the world are being urged to go on strike to protest against a lack of action on the climate crisis.Children and their supporters are invited to take to the streets on Friday, if it is safe to do so, or to go online with their protests “in whatever way suits you best”, according to the organisers. Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Education, Children, Climate Change, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, United Nations, Schools, Environmental Activism, Extreme Weather, Greta Thunberg, Coronavirus outbreak, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021


"Just weeks after helping to broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), President Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize."

"The nomination submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, lauded Trump for his efforts toward resolving protracted conflicts worldwide. 'For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,' Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of Parliament who also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told Fox News in an exclusive interview. Tybring-Gjedde, in his nomin...
Tags: Usa, Law, Obama, Israel, Middle East, United Nations, Fox News, Parliament, Uae, Trump, United Arab Emirates UAE, Meade, Nobel Committee, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Nobel Prize, Ann Althouse


'I had to kill so many people': the battle to protect children in conflicts

25,000 grave violations were committed against children in conflict in 2019, says the UN, which hopes to highlight issue with new international dayWhen Islamic State fighters rolled into Mosul, Iraq, they made promises.“When they arrived they promised us salvation, a better life, but within months our schools were closed and we were living in fear, prisoners in our own city,” says Usama Salem, 11. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Children, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Schools, Global development, Un, Yemen, Mosul Iraq, Child Soldiers, Conflict and arms, Usama Salem


Fears for Congolese Nobel laureate after UN protection 'withdrawn’

Supporters of Denis Mukwege say he is at risk of assassination after criticism of armed groupsA doctor who shared a Nobel prize in 2018 for his work with victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at risk of assassination after the United Nations withdrew peacekeepers guarding his hospital and residence, friends and supporters say.Denis Mukwege has received death threats in recent weeks after making a series of statements deploring recent violent incidents and calling ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Africa, World news, United Nations, Un, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Drc, Denis Mukwege



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