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  • 120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran

    05/05/2016 5:06:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2016 7:17 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country. A communiqué issued by the NAM’s Coordinating Bureau follows an Iranian appeal to the United Nations last week to intervene with the U.S. government to prevent the loss of their funds. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the ruling an “outrageous robbery, disguised under a court order.” The NAM, comprising mainly developing countries, called the U.S. waiver of “the sovereign...
  • US Attorney General, US Cities, Join UN To Create Global Police Force Intiative (Agenda 21)

    10/01/2015 2:22:21 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 55 replies
    KrisAnne Hall ^ | Sept 30 2015 | krisanne hall.
    Yesterday, Loretta Lynch announced before the United Nations that the Attorney General's Office, in collaboration with several US Cities will for a global law enforcement initiative called the Strong Cities Network. This is the implementation of UN rules and laws on US soil bypassing Congress and circumventing the Constitution. Find the transcript here, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Announces the Launch of the Strong Cities Network at the United Nations General Assembly http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-loretta-e-lynch-announces-launch-strong-cities-network-united-nations Launch of Strong Cities Network to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/launch-strong-cities-network-strengthen-community-resilience-against-violent-extremism
  • Law of treaties 1: What is a treaty? (A lesson in history of treaties)

    09/07/2015 9:36:36 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 17 replies
    The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969 (VCLT) is the main instrument that regulates treaties. It defines a treaty and relates to how treaties are made, amended, interpreted, how they operate and are terminated. It does not aim to create specific substantive rights or obligations for parties – this is left to the specific treaty (i.e. the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations creates rights and obligations for States in their diplomatic relations). VCLT governs treaties irrespective of its subject matter or objectives – e.g.: treaties to regulate conduct of hostilities (Geneva Conventions on 1949); treaties setting up...
  • Iranian FM Zarif to 47 GOP Senators: You’re ignorant of international law

    03/10/2015 6:42:44 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 57 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 03/10/2015 | Robert Spencer
    How dare they try to get in the way of a perfectly good appeasement agreement? The audacity! “Iranian FM Zarif to U.S. Senators: You Are Ignorant Of International Law,” Tehran Times, March 10, 2015: “ TEHRAN – The Iranian foreign minister on Monday reacted to an open letter to Iran’s leaders by 47 U.S. Republican senators who had warned Tehran that any nuclear deal that the Islamic Republic signs with President Barack Obama’s administration won’t last after Obama leaves office. Mohammad Javad Zarif said the letter lacks “legal validity” and shows that the signatories of the letter are “ignorant of...
  • Constitutional problems with international courts

    10/01/2014 9:50:01 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 1, 2014 | Eugene Kontorovich
    The Cornell Law Review has just published my new article, “Three International Courts and Their Constitutional Problems.” The article considers the constitutionality of joining the International Criminal Court in light of largley forgotten debates over two prior international tribunals: the Mixed Commissions for the slave trade in the early 19th century, and the International Prize Court in the early 20th Century. The U.S. ultimately signed onto both projects, but only after changing their scope or jurisdiction to comport with constitutional concerns. The paper lies at the intersection of international law, constitutional law, and foreign relations. But really its a federal...
  • [Palestinian Authority] PA Official Admits: Israel Follows International Law, We Don’t

    07/13/2014 10:13:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 7/13/2014, 1:29 PM | Ari Soffer
    The Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has said the PA has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in international courts—because Palestinian terrorist groups are far worse violators of international law themselves. Since peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority fell apart after the PA applied for membership in international agencies, many Palestinian factions and advocates have pushed for the PA to sign the Rome Statute and press charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court at the Hague (ICC). But contrasting Israel’s conduct during Operation Protective Edge to stop rocket fire from...
  • UN: Oklahoma execution may violate int'l law

    05/02/2014 4:01:54 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 48 replies
    Town Hall ^ | May 02 2012 | Town Hall
    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations human rights office says U.S. death row inmate Clayton Lockett's suffering during his botched Oklahoma execution this week may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under international human rights law. A spokesman for the office, Rupert Colville, says Lockett's prolonged death on Tuesday is "the second case of apparent extreme suffering caused by malfunctioning lethal injections" reported in the United States this year, after Dennis McGuire's execution in Ohio on Jan. 16 with an allegedly untested combination of drugs. Colville told reporters Friday in Geneva that "the apparent cruelty involved in these recent...
  • Merkel: Crimea grab ‘against international law’

    03/18/2014 8:45:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Mar 2014 15:35 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Russia’s absorption of Ukraine’s Crimea region after a secession referendum and declaration of independence there violated international law. […] Merkel stressed that international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shared that view. …
  • The End of International Law: A post-American world means the end of international order.

    03/14/2014 7:04:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/14/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    “There has been no greater advance than this, gentlemen,” the President of the United States said. “It is a definite guarantee of peace. It is a definite guarantee by word against aggression.” The year was 1919. The speaker was President Woodrow Wilson and the tremendous advance in human history was the League of Nations.Then Japan seized Manchuria and turned it into a puppet regime. China turned to the League of Nations which ordered Japan to withdraw from Manchuria. Japan instead withdrew from the League of Nations. Five years later, Japan invaded China. China asked for help from the League of...
  • Immigrants More Likely to Identify as Liberal, Put International Law Over Constitution

    04/21/2013 9:30:21 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    This study from the Hudson Institute has wider implications beyond the current debate over amnesty. It places the blame for its findings on a failure of patriotism. A country whose educational institutions are less patriotic and more liberal will play a crucial role in the shaping of a less patriotic and more liberal population. Immigrants who tend to get their identity more from education than national culture (tellingly immigrants are more likely to rank professors higher than soldiers, in contrast to native-born Americans) are more likely to lean left. For example the study finds that immigrants are more likely to...
  • Gun groups promise fight as U.N. inches toward override of Second Amendment

    03/29/2013 4:47:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    American gun rights advocates said Thursday that they remain determined to block a far-reaching U.S. agreement on international arms sales, warning that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the U.S. gun market, even as the accord ran into an unexpected last-minute snag in negotiations in New York. In its budget debate last weekend, the Senate approved a nonbinding amendment opposing the treaty offered by Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, with eight Democrats joining all 45 Republicans backing the amendment. Despite the Senate vote, numerous groups have pressured Mr. Obama to support the treaty. Amnesty...
  • NAACP takes bid to ensure US ex-con voting to UN

    09/25/2012 5:42:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 9/25/2012 | JAMEY KEATEN
    The NAACP is taking to the U.N. its effort to ensure that all former convicted felons in the United States can vote. A delegation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was holding meetings Tuesday at the United Nation's Geneva office in part to press the world body to send observers to the U.S. for this year's elections. The diplomatic push comes against the backdrop of a related — and vigorous — debate about requirements in some states for would-be voters to provide proper identification before they can cast ballots. The NAACP says nearly 6 million U.S....
  • Obama: ‘Future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam’

    09/25/2012 8:51:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 333 replies
    Twitchy and Red State ^ | Tuesday, September 25, 2012
    Twitchy headline says it all.Context provided by Erick Erickson at Red State: In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today the President of the United States declared that the future does not belong to practicing Christians. Already, the media and the left are in full denial, probably based on their general lack of understanding of theology. This would have been a gaffe had Mitt Romney said it. But with Barack Obama, he’s just speaking bold truths. His bold truth declares that the future does not belong to practicing Christians. Pay careful attention to what he says: "The future...
  • Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity”

    03/15/2012 7:53:37 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity” Scott Lively targeted by an international homosexualist plot By Julio Severo Two years ago, Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika”, addressed members of the Ugandan Parliament, which was considering a bill criminalizing homosexuality. Lively urged an emphasis on therapy rather than punishment, and, after the bill was released he opposed the death penalty provision. Scott Lively: accused of “Crime against Humanity” Now, on March 14th a lawsuit was filed in an American court alleging that Lively committed the “Crime Against Humanity,” by speaking against homosexuality in Uganda. The plaintiffs say that his...
  • Hillary Clinton: America's Worst Secretary of State

    08/01/2012 5:59:32 AM PDT · by opentalk · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 1, 2012 | Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
    The scene could hardly have been more bizarre: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade was pelted with rotten tomatoes and shoes as she was being driven to the opening of a U.S. Consulate General in the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria....Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ostensible reason for being in Alexandria was to take part in the flag-raising ceremony for our Consulate General. This is a disgrace. Alexandria was once home to a flourishing Jewish community. Jews flourish there no more. Her symbolic presence there embodies everything wrong about this administration's foreign policy. Until recently, it was hard to...
  • 'Israelis have a legal right to settle all Judea and Samaria'

    07/04/2012 7:30:37 AM PDT · by tedbel · 54 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | July 4/12 | Edna Adato, ISRAEL HAYOM
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, who heads a committee tasked with examining the legality of Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, declared on Tuesday that Israelis have a legal right to settle the region. "According to international law, Israelis have a legal right to settle all of Judea and Samaria, at the very least the lands that Israel controls under agreements with the Palestinian Authority. Therefore, the establishment of Jewish settlements [in Judea and Samaria] is, in itself, not illegal." The committee was established by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in efforts to determine and cement the legal status of...
  • 'Law of the Sea' Treaty: Sink It

    05/25/2012 7:30:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Ed Feulner
    Want the United States to gain legal access to the vast amount of oil and natural gas in the underwater Extended Continental Shelf? Get LOST. Specifically, the U.S. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which often goes by the acronym LOST. The Obama administration wants the Senate to act on the treaty, which has been around since 1982. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) recently held a hearing to make the case for LOST. According to its advocates, we need LOST for a variety of reasons. One of them concerns the oil and gas resources located in the outer limits of...
  • Bringing 'Alien Torts' to America

    03/01/2012 11:48:15 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/28/2012 | David B. Rivkin Jr., and Lee Casey
    This Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases that should interest every U.S. company doing business overseas, and especially those operating in the developing world. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and Mohamed v. Palestinian Authority raise the issue of whether corporations can be sued for violations of international law under U.S. statutes, including the Alien Tort Statute. The ATS was adopted in 1789 by the first U.S. Congress. The statute permits suits by aliens in federal courts for certain alleged international-law violations, but it was moribund for nearly 200 years and its purpose remains opaque. The...
  • Obama’s sneaky treaties

    02/08/2012 9:42:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/8/12 | Dick Morris
    President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are entering negotiations over — or seeking ratification of — five treaties that could radically limit our national sovereignty and the reach of our democratic institutions. Particularly scary is that the treaties, once signed and ratified, have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be altered or eclipsed by Congress or state legislatures. And their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts. Those who wish to preserve our sovereignty and democratic control over our future must rally to block these treaties, either by pressing Obama and
  • Rio Tinto accused over Bougainville 'war crimes'

    10/26/2011 4:01:13 AM PDT · by B.Lyle · 3 replies
    A US federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit seeking to hold Rio Tinto responsible for human rights violations and thousands of deaths linked to a Bougainville copper and gold mine it once ran. The appeals court has returned the case to US District Judge Margaret Morrow in Los Angeles for further proceedings. But some dissenting judges protested against allowing a lawsuit to proceed in federal courts brought by non-US residents against non-US companies such as Rio Tinto, which has corporate offices in the UK and Australia. The case is one of several in which non-US residents seek to hold...