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U.N. Working Group Finds That U.S. Needs to Do More to Address the Adverse Business Impacts on Human Rights

U.N. Working Group Finds That U.S. Needs to Do More to Address the Adverse Business Impacts on Human Rights

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:45pm
The United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises yesterday completed its first country visit to the United States. The Working Group was formed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2011 to disseminate and implement the recently developed "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights," which set forth countries' obligation to protect people from human rights violations caused by businesses or other entities and the necessity of appropriate remedies for such violations. The Guiding Principles also outline businesses' responsibility to respect human rights. At the invitation of the U.S. government, the Working Group visited many cities and met with diverse stakeholders including federal and state officials, businesses, trade unions, and civil society organizations.
ACLU Advocates for Human Rights of Prisoners at UN meeting in Vienna

ACLU Advocates for Human Rights of Prisoners at UN meeting in Vienna

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:59pm

The ACLU is in Vienna this week, at the 22nd session of the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. One resolution the Commission will consider concerns how to move forward with the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners…

Seeking Justice through the U.N. Human Rights Committee

Seeking Justice through the U.N. Human Rights Committee

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 10:13am

When the U.N. Human Rights Committee reviews U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) this October, the review will tackle many of the human rights violations plaguing Florida. Last week the committee released…

International Human Rights Body Seeking Answers on U.S. Civil and Political Rights Record

International Human Rights Body Seeking Answers on U.S. Civil and Political Rights Record

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 4:16pm

An international human rights body is set to question the United States on its obligations under a key human rights treaty. The U.N. Human Rights Committee, an independent body of experts tasked with monitoring compliance with the International Covenant…

U.S. Violating Human Rights of Children, Says U.N. Committee

U.S. Violating Human Rights of Children, Says U.N. Committee

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 11:41am

The Obama Administration recently underwent its first U.N. treaty body review, and the resulting concluding observations made public yesterday should be a cause for alarm. The observations, issued by independent U.N. experts tasked with monitoring…

U.N. Human Rights Expert to Investigate U.S. Targeted Killing Program

U.N. Human Rights Expert to Investigate U.S. Targeted Killing Program

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 5:28pm

The U.S. government’s targeted killing policy and its use of drones for killing will be the subject of an investigation by the United Nations, it was announced today. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson,…

UN Prisoners’ Rights Meeting: US Puts the Brakes on Progress

UN Prisoners’ Rights Meeting: US Puts the Brakes on Progress

By David Fathi, National Prison Project at 1:48pm

The U.N. meeting in Buenos Aires on uniform rules for the treatment of prisoners, which concluded last week, was a significant step toward progressive reform, as the resulting Draft Report makes clear. Unfortunately, due in large part to positions…

US at UN Prisoners’ Rights Meeting: Progress, but Still Wrong on Solitary Confinement

US at UN Prisoners’ Rights Meeting: Progress, but Still Wrong on Solitary Confinement

By David Fathi, National Prison Project at 5:37pm

Yesterday I wrote about the ACLU’s efforts to ensure that the U.S. government is properly engaged at a U.N.

Making Human Rights Reality

Making Human Rights Reality

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:07pm

Today is Human Rights Day and the 64th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As one of the first documents to present the world with a comprehensive vision of human rights, the declaration is…

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 1:36pm

In recent years, several human rights bodies have faulted the U.S. for failing to live up to its international legal commitments to protect children in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, the U.S. issued its written response to questions…

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