• UN Human Rights Council

    Has Anyone Seen the UN Secretary-General’s Human Rights Agenda?

    by  • August 22, 2017 • Human Rights, Secretary-General, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Secretary-General António Guterres has set about modernizing some sectors of the United Nations and made impassioned statements about the need to protect human rights. But beyond rhetoric, so far there has been no indication of his modernizing the human-rights sector. We have seen this before. Dag Hammarskjold, a previous secretary-general, undoubtedly believed in human...

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    Is Nikki Haley Using the UN as a Political Ladder? Could Be

    by  • August 2, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The uncanny success of Nikki Haley in becoming the most public and quotable voice on President Trump’s foreign-policy team, combined with the telegenic United Nations ambassador’s apparent disinterest in the nuts and bolts of how it actually works, has piqued speculation among New York’s busy diplomats and idle diplomat-watchers alike: what is Haley’s game...

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    A New Duet for Nikki Haley and Trump

    by  • July 10, 2017 • Human Rights, Nikki Haley Watch, US-UN Relations • 

    Nearly six months into her United Nations assignment, Ambassador Nikki Haley is aligning herself more decisively with President Donald Trump, defending some of his most controversial and unpopular moves. It is a critical diplomatic time for the White House and for Haley, who is viewed around the UN mostly as a politician with big...

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    In Geneva, Nikki Haley Dodges Questions of US Future in UN Rights Council

    by  • June 6, 2017 • Human Rights, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    In a much-anticipated series of speeches in Geneva on June 6, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, would not say whether a decision had been made by the Trump administration about US membership in the UN Human Rights Council. But she warned that if the Council, widely criticized by conservative...

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    Nikki Haley’s ‘Historic’ Debate on Human Rights Left a Small Impression

    by  • April 18, 2017 • Human Rights, Nikki Haley Watch, Peace and Security, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, presided over what she was determined to sell as “an historic meeting exclusively on human rights” in the UN Security Council. But her brief speech in the April 18 meeting fell far short of introducing innovations to confront violations of human rights or prevent...

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    Nikki Haley: Don’t Forget LGBTI Rights at the UN Security Council

    by  • April 17, 2017 • Human Rights, LGBT, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    WASHINGTON, D. C. — Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has articulated an ambitious blueprint for the American presidency of the UN Security Council this month. One pillar of the US approach will be what she called an “unprecedented” thematic session on human rights to enable the achievement of international peace and...

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    America’s Financial Support to the UN: What’s at Stake?

    by  • April 4, 2017 • Take a Look, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    With White House proposals to slash United States assessments and donations to international organizations now in play in the writing of a federal budget for 2018 — as an April 28 deadline approaches — the extent of potential losses to the United Nations is coming into sharp focus. The US, for example, has immediately...

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    The US Leaving the UN Human Rights Council Would Be a Mistake: An Envoy Talks

    by  • March 21, 2017 • Geopolitics, Human Rights, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    As the Trump administration threatens to turn its back on international organizations unwilling to rubber-stamp Washington’s policies and meet its demands, an early inevitable target is expected to be the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. In both the White House and Congress, opposition to the Council hangs on two...

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    UN Human-Rights Chief Warns of a ‘Political Earthquake’ of Populism

    by  • February 17, 2017 • Human Rights, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    In a bold excoriation of populist and nationalist movements now gripping many nations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told an audience of foreign policy experts, human-rights advocates and students of diplomacy in Washington, D.C., this week that the drive toward “protectionism, unilateralism and the proclamations of national or religious purity” is...

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    Suriname Should Do the Right Thing on LGBT Rights at the UN

    by  • December 13, 2016 • Human Rights, Latin America, LGBT, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Suriname’s government is on the right track at home when it comes to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination and violence. In 2015, the government introduced antidiscrimination legislation, including sexual orientation on grounds for nondiscrimination complaints. The government also understands that it needs to protect the rights of same-sex couples living...

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    A Top Candidate Is Sidelined for the Post of UN Expert on Torture

    by  • September 4, 2016 • Human Rights • 

    The United Nations Human Rights Council will soon choose five new experts to monitor various human-rights topics, with nominees put forth by the council’s president. One top candidate, on torture, has stirred up controversy, and recently, his candidacy was sidelined for the second-top candidate in an unusual decision by the council president. Special procedures,...

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    Less Politics and More Transparency: What New Leadership Will Mean for the UN

    by  • July 6, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, UN Diplomats • 

    In a year when people who follow the United Nations are focusing on the election of the next secretary-general, the center of early action in that election has moved for the first time in history from the secretive deliberations of the Security Council to an unprecedented open campaign in the General Assembly, which normally...

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    Keeping LGBT Rights Active on the UN Agenda

    by  • December 8, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Several major breakthroughs in the promotion of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have occurred through United Nations mechanisms. From the worldwide multimedia Free & Equal campaign to LGBT-related resolutions and reports in the Human Rights Council to the public support of such figures as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...

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    Using Peer Pressure to Expose a Nation’s Human Rights Record

    by  • November 17, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    BIRMINGHAM, England — During its Universal Period Review session recently at the Human Rights Council, Austria’s delegation commended Conchita Wurst for promoting antidiscrimination and raising awareness of LGBTI issues. Wurst famously represented Austria in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, winning the competition that year and with it engaging a wide range of European audiences...

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    US Policy Denies Emergency Abortion Globally for War Rape Victims

    by  • July 30, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    In 1973, Jesse Helms, a newly elected United States senator and an ideologue contemptuous of the United Nations, dismissive of international treaties and completely devoid of compassion for the world’s poor, put his name on an amendment to the landmark 1961 United States Foreign Assistance Act banning any use of US funds to support...

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    For the UN Human Rights Office, a Major Restructuring Worldwide

    by  • May 3, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 7 Comments

    The United Nations human-rights machinery is making its most radical overhaul since the creation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights more than two decades ago. A recent announcement by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan, the High Commissioner, indicates that the Office will have a vastly increased field presence, a larger...

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