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The United States Takes Landmark Step for Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

Seventeen years after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, the United States has taken an important step toward advancing the women, peace, and security agenda. On October 6, the United States enacted the Women, Peace, and Security Act. The law aims to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict by strengthening efforts to promote the…

UNAMID Draws Down in Darfur

The United Nations will be reducing the presence of peacekeepers in the Darfur region of Sudan, a move which threatens to intensify violence in the region and destroy a fragile peace between the government and opposition groups. On June 29, 2017, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2363 for the gradual drawdown of the…

Child Activists, Not Child Brides

Malawi’s Parliament voted in favor of a constitutional amendment raising the legal marriage age to 18 on February 14, 2017, and President Peter Mutharika approved the constitutional amendment on April 25, 2017. The amendment eliminates previous loopholes that allowed children aged 15 and older to marry with parental consent. Now, any person who enters into…

Bangladesh Allows Child Marriage for “Best Interests” of the Child

On February 27, 2017, Bangladesh’s Parliament approved a bill that permits children of any age to be married under “special circumstances,” and on March 11, 2017, Bangladesh’s President signed the bill into law. Under the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2017, parents or guardians can obtain a court order to allow their children to marry…

No Longer Business as Usual: France Passes Law Holding Parent Companies Responsible for Human Rights Violations

The French National Assembly adopted a law on February 21 making French parent companies liable for the human rights violations of their subsidiaries, subcontractors, and suppliers located abroad. The move follows the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh where subcontractors were manufacturing major international clothing brands. More than 1,100 textile workers…

The United States Takes Landmark Step for Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

Seventeen years after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, the United States has taken an important step toward advancing the women, peace, and security agenda. On October 6, the United States enacted the Women, Peace, and Security Act. The law aims to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict by strengthening efforts to promote the…

UNAMID Draws Down in Darfur

The United Nations will be reducing the presence of peacekeepers in the Darfur region of Sudan, a move which threatens to intensify violence in the region and destroy a fragile peace between the government and opposition groups. On June 29, 2017, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2363 for the gradual drawdown of the…

Child Activists, Not Child Brides

Malawi’s Parliament voted in favor of a constitutional amendment raising the legal marriage age to 18 on February 14, 2017, and President Peter Mutharika approved the constitutional amendment on April 25, 2017. The amendment eliminates previous loopholes that allowed children aged 15 and older to marry with parental consent. Now, any person who enters into…

Bangladesh Allows Child Marriage for “Best Interests” of the Child

On February 27, 2017, Bangladesh’s Parliament approved a bill that permits children of any age to be married under “special circumstances,” and on March 11, 2017, Bangladesh’s President signed the bill into law. Under the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2017, parents or guardians can obtain a court order to allow their children to marry…

No Longer Business as Usual: France Passes Law Holding Parent Companies Responsible for Human Rights Violations

The French National Assembly adopted a law on February 21 making French parent companies liable for the human rights violations of their subsidiaries, subcontractors, and suppliers located abroad. The move follows the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh where subcontractors were manufacturing major international clothing brands. More than 1,100 textile workers…