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GJC at the 'International Criminal Law in a Retreating World' Event

Janet Benshoof at the "International Criminal Law in a Retreating World' event that included a discussion of the retreating of countries from international organizations, coalitions, alliances and partnerships.

Pictures curtesy of the photographers at CHR-ICC event 

Yes, Human Rights belong in the UN Security Council, but they also belong in the White House

As global tensions mount and with daily atrocities in the news, there is increasing concern over how to protect civilians and vulnerable populations. The US holds the Presidency of the UN Security Council for April and has a chance to take a strong stance in defense of human rights. Instead, the US’ plans to hold an open briefing on human rights at the Security Council has some concerned it will serve to undermine already existing international bodies devoted to protecting human rights and further polarize attempts to address human rights abuses.

The discussion is being branded as the first ever human rights debate in the Council, which is not entirely true. Human rights are regularly discussed in thematic agendas and contexts such as peacekeeping, issuing of sanctions, or when setting up commissions of inquiry or referrals to the International Criminal Court. Viewed in isolation, a discussion highlighting the nexus of human rights and international peace and security is welcome and appears extremely timely. For some time, advocates and the UN have been calling for a preventative approach by putting human rights at the heart of the Security Council’s actions, given the Council’s failure to act in light of the most egregious human rights abuses.

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The Global Justice Center Urges the US to Strengthen International Human Rights Bodies, Not Subvert Them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 17, 2017

[NEW YORK, NY] -  On April 18, the United States, who holds the presidency of the UN Security Council in April, plans to hold an open briefing on human rights. Many fear that this is an attempt by the Trump Administration to undermine the UN Human Rights Council, an institution that has long been the target of Republican ire (US UN Ambassador Haley recently called it “so corrupt”), while continuing to pay lip service to notions of human rights. This is a move that would seriously complicate the enforcement and advancement of human rights around the world.

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