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ILO adopts Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

28/06/2011 – 8:56 am | Comments Off on ILO adopts Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has adopted a new convention at its 100th annual meeting (16 June 2011): the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
 The text of the Convention can be found here:
http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/@ed_norm/@relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_157836.pdf
 The ILO reports that, while estimates point to 53 million domestic workers (83 percent of whom are girls and women), the total number of domestic workers could be as high as 100 …

UN Human Rights Council passes gay rights resolution.

24/06/2011 – 7:13 am | Comments Off on UN Human Rights Council passes gay rights resolution.

On the 17  of June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is the first time the UN has adopted a resolution on LGBT issues. The Human Rights Council asked the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to carry out a study by December 2011 that details “discriminatory …

A comment on Palestine’s statehood, recognition and UN membership

22/06/2011 – 11:37 am | 2 Comments

The Palestinian government plans to issue a declaration of independence in September 2011 as its latest strategy to bring about further recognition and UN membership. In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “this September, at the United Nations General Assembly, we will request international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border and that our state be …

Turkey's development plans violate human rights

06/06/2011 – 8:59 am | One Comment

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), the human rights body monitoring the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), has stated in a report of 20 May 2011 that Turkey violates several human rights enshrined in the ICESCR with the constructions of dams and hydroelectric power plants. The Committee made particular reference to dam constructions in Ilisu, Munzur and Coruh.
The Committee …

Extreme Weather and Climate Change – Implications for Liability

03/06/2011 – 9:24 am | Comments Off on Extreme Weather and Climate Change – Implications for Liability

Increasingly we are witnessing a concerted effort in the attempt to utilise international law in the context of climate change beyond regulatory frameworks. This is perhaps particularly so when it comes to attempts to establish responsibility and liability for the harms and effects associated with climate change. Notwithstanding significant problems with this (most notably causation), such attempts include the forging of links between human rights …