It’s more than moral posturing. Resolutions like this have a history of laying the foundation for effective treaties and national laws.
Foreign companies are failing to heed the UN call to stop doing business with Myanmar’s blood-stained military elite.
As countries around the world develop their own private sponsorship systems, they should acknowledge how elusive refugee status can be. Policy-makers should proceed accordingly.
A recent ruling by the UN’s Human Rights Committee recognized that climate refugees do exist, and acknowledged a legal basis for protecting them when their lives are threatened by climate change.
The issues that captured the world’s attention this year show the struggle to secure human rights is far from over.
While not exactly surprising coming from the Trump administration, backing out of a major UN body is bound to have serious consequences.
The UN report findings show that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia’s human rights record.
Australia came in for some harsh criticism from the UN Human Right Committee in regard to its treatment of Indigenous issues – a problem that must now seriously be addressed.