Weekday News Wrap: June 22, 2012
- The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions has held that the US drone strikes flout internationally recognized human rights standards and may even be war crimes.
- The Washington Post has an opinion piece on the impact of drone attacks on diplomacy. The Atlantic has a follow up piece.
- The US is using Facebook to drive a wedge between the Syrian military and Assad. One Syrian air force pilot has already defected to Jordan. Meanwhile, the US has denied that it is willing to offer Assad a safe passage to attend negotiations with the opposition in Geneva.
- Despite an agreement on a humanitarian cease-fire, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had to retreat when trying to reach Homs due to on-going shooting.
- Aung San Suu Kyi has become the first woman after Queen Elizabeth II to address both UK Houses of Parliament, asking for support in the building of a parliamentary democracy in Myanmar.
- A European Parliament Committee has voted down the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
- Pascal Lamy expects that the WTO will rule by the end of the year on the EU’s complaints about Argentinian protectionism.
- International Law Observer discusses the WIPO Diplomatic Conference in Beijing on the proposed Treaty for the Protection of Audiovisual Performances.