democracy

The IACtHR Advisory Opinion: one step forward or two steps back for LGBTI rights in Costa Rica?

On 9th January 2018, the IACtHR issued Advisory Opinion No. 24 on gender identity, equality and non-discrimination for same-sex couples, a ground-breaking decision for the advancement of LGBTI rights in the Americas. However, the adverse ef...Read More

COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES CONSIDERS THE REPORT OF OMAN

21 February 2018 The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Oman on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Presenting the rep...Read More

Credible Elections, Safe Return Of Displaced Persons Key For Establishing Lasting Stability In Iraq, Special Representative Tells Security Council

Held up as a shining example of positive developments in the region, Iraq had succeeded in overcoming many obstacles, yet challenges remained to establish lasting stability, the Special Representative of the Secretary‑General and Head of th...Read More

COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES REVIEWS THE REPORT OF NEPAL

20 February 2018 The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Nepal on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Presenting the re...Read More

10 Good Reads 

It is the time of the year once more when I publish my pick from some of the books that came my way since my last ‘Good Reads’ listing. These are not book reviews in the classical and rigorous sense of the word, for which you should turn to...Read More

Excessive Multilingualism in EU Trade Agreements

The legal protection of multilingualism is an important principle and an indispensable guarantee for the functioning of the institutions of the European Union (EU) as well as for their relationships with EU citizens. This is not only eviden...Read More

Statement Of The Sixteenth IHR Emergency Committee Regarding The International Spread Of Poliovirus

The sixteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 7 February 2018 at WHO headquarters with membe...Read More

Tackling Crime And Violent Extremism, UNODC And UNESCO Join Forces To Promote a Culture Of Lawfulness Through Education

Vienna, 13 February 2018 – UNODC and UNESCO announced today a new project focussed on educating youth on a culture of lawfulness to provide educational responses to meet some of the world’s most pressing rule of law challenges. The ‘Initiat...Read More

A Lot of Activity in the Inter-American Court

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has been very active recently: from hearing a major case on domestic violence; to issuing an advisory opinion on LGBT rights in which it ruled, inter alia (and contrary to the European Court) that th...Read More

Security Council Sanctions Committee Concerning Democratic Republic Of Congo Holds Open Briefing On Midterm Report Of Group Of Experts

On 26 January 2018, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004) concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo held an open briefing on the midterm report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic...Read More

Sanctions Committee Concerning Democratic Republic Of Congo Adds Four Individuals To Its Sanctions List

On 1 February 2018, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004) concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo added the following individuals to the List of Individuals and Entities subject to the measure...Read More

Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Attack On Peacekeeper in Democratic Republic Of Congo

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres: