Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 10th marked the United Nations' adoption of the UDHR and  Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

Human Rights  Day is celebrated on December 10 th worldwide to commemorate  the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on Dec 10 , 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot Paris.
The UDHR is a General Assembly declaration and part of the  International Bill of Human Rights which consists of an additional two international treaties: the  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) with two Optional Protocols.
The UDHR document was drafted by representatives of various cultural & regional backgrounds as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
…”recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,…”


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Corporate Social Responsibility - Recent Developments

See link for Updates on Phillip Morris - Norway case. The corporation's "free flow of goods" argument was unsuccessful in removing the ban of even displaying tobacco products for sale in Norway shops; Shops wishing to sell tobacco products, "Must keep cigarettes in unmarked cabinets or special vending machines with no visible logos. Customers wishing to buy tobacco must actively ask merchants for it." See link to the Julia Gronnevet article today on Law.Com: http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202571698152&Norway_Court_Upholds_Ban_on_Tobacco_Store_Displays&slreturn=20120818114841