Time for the Human Rights Council to strengthen its focus on democracy and free and fair elections

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog

16 November 2020, Geneva US diplomats are said to be horrified by the refusal of President Donald Trump, and senior Republicans from inside and outside the administration, to recognise the results of the 3 November 2020 presidential elections, their refusal to sign off on – for the moment – a smooth transition, and, more broadly, their efforts to sow doubts about …

The dangers of Trump’s attacks on American democracy – and the need to reinvigorate that democracy based on rights

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog, Universal Rights Group NYC

On the night of the US Presidential election, as predicted, no winner could be called, with millions of ballots yet to be counted in key battleground states. An impatient President Donald Trump began tweeting that he had won and that his win was being taken from him. As the days crawled by, and more and more votes were counted and …

At the Universal Periodic Review in November, the world can also cast its vote for America

by Joshua Cooper, Lecturer, University of Hawai’i, National Universal Periodic Review Task Force Co-Chair, US Human Rights Network Blog, Blog, By invitation

Early November will be an extremely engaging experience for the United States of America, with an election that will determine the future of American democracy. Equally exhilarating, one week later, will be the opportunity the world will have to cast its vote during a 3.5 hour peer review of the US’ human rights record during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) …

Biden muestra intención de impulsar el progreso global en democracia, derechos humanos, y elecciones libres y justas

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog

Octubre 28, 2020, Ginebra Con las elecciones presidenciales de EE. UU. a solo unos días de distancia, y millones de votos ya emitidos a través de votaciones anticipadas y boletas ausentes, en un ciclo electoral plagado de temores sobre la supresión de votantes y el debilitamiento de la democracia estadounidense, un discurso del candidato demócrata Joe Biden que centra la …

US co-host virtual signing ceremony of the Geneva Consensus Declaration in latest pushback on women’s rights

by Anna Mattedi, Universal Rights Group Blog, Blog, In Focus: Human rights and religion

On Thursday 22 October 2020, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, co-hosted a virtual signing ceremony of the Geneva Consensus Declaration on ‘Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family’. During the ceremony, a coalition of 30 States, repeatedly denied women’s right to an abortion in the guise of protecting national sovereignty and …

Reinvesting in rights: Why the next US administration must prioritize multilateralism to protect human rights

by Grace Anderson, Stanford University Ford Fellow in Philanthropy Blog, Blog, By invitation, New York City

October 21, 2020 Over the past four years, the Trump Administration has slowly abdicated its role as a leader in multilateralism and as one of the top promoters of human rights at the UN specifically. At this year’s UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Donald Trump touted a narrow view of human rights, citing priorities of “religious liberty, opportunity for women, the …

¿Son capaces los gobiernos del mundo de poner la tecnología digital al servicio de la equidad, la no-discriminación, y los derechos sociales y económicos?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog

El Consejo de Derechos Humanos y el amplio sistema de derechos humanos de la ONU han considerado regularmente las implicaciones en derechos humanos de las nuevas tecnologías (e.g. resolución 20/08 sobre la ‘Promoción, protección, y disfrute de los derechos humanos en Internet’). En los años recientes, este interés se ha intensificado. [1]   El texto más reciente del Consejo en el …

For 18% of Americans social media is their main source of news – what does this mean for the presidential elections?

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog, Universal Rights Group NYC

On 30 July, the Pew Research Center released a report that revealed that one in five Americans use social media for their primary source of news. This report comes at a time of both an intense news cycle, dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic and a fast approaching US presidential election, and when social media usage is at an all-time high . It …

Los candidatos presidenciales de EE. UU. fijan posiciones marcadamente diferentes sobre los derechos humanos, el Consejo de Derechos Humanos y la ONU

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Universal Rights Group NYC

Con una elección presidencial a menos de 100 días, más de 150,000 muertes estadounidenses por COVID-19 y una caída libre del PIB comparable a la Gran Depresión, el enfoque del votante estadounidense está más en la política interna que en la externa. Sin embargo, un borrador reciente del informe del Departamento de Estado contiene implicaciones preocupantes sobre la política exterior …

What the ‘US Commission on Unalienable Rights’ gets wrong about the UN

by Ryan Kaminski, Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project Blog, Blog, By invitation, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Universal Rights Group NYC

On July 16, the US State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights, tasked with providing ‘advice on human rights grounded in [U.S.] founding principles and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,’ released its draft report . Policy, legal, and rights experts have since opined on the Commission’s problematic conceptual approach.  The report’s conclusions on the UN human rights system should …