Human Rights: New challenges – firm commitments and beliefs

by Ambassador Walter STEVENS, Permanent Observer, EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva Uncategorized @lac

A year ago, at a Human Rights Day event in Geneva, I met two very impressive sisters, Amy and Ella Meek, 14 and 16 years old respectively. These two young climate activists go to the barricades against plastic pollution. I also met Memory Banda, a young campaigner against child marriage from Malawi and Hamangai Pataxo, an indigenous rights defender from …

Re-imagining human rights for New Zealand

by Paul Hunt, University of Essex (UK); University of Waikato (New Zealand) Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog, By invitation

This article was first published in the Dominion Post on October 16 and re-published on the Human Rights Centre Blog of the University of Essex on 26 October 2020 There’s a global pushback against human rights. Around the world, authoritarian “strongmen” are behaving like Roman Emperors. Supported by their disaffected ‘base’, they peddle racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance. …

What the ‘US Commission on Unalienable Rights’ gets wrong about the UN

by Ryan Kaminski, Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project Blog, Blog, By invitation, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Universal Rights Group NYC

On July 16, the US State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights, tasked with providing ‘advice on human rights grounded in [U.S.] founding principles and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,’ released its draft report . Policy, legal, and rights experts have since opined on the Commission’s problematic conceptual approach.  The report’s conclusions on the UN human rights system should …

El Informe de Desarrollo Humano de la ONU debe ir más lejos cuanto a la desigualdad

by Steven L. B. Jensen, Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights Blog, Blog, By invitation

Este texto fue publicado originalmente por OpenGlobalRights . En diciembre, el PNUD lanzó el Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano 2019 . Anteriormente, ya se había anunciado que el nuevo informe reconceptualizaría el desarrollo humano bajo el concepto de desigualdad. Esta formulación ofrece una visión más holística de las injusticias existentes en todo el mundo. El informe combina las desigualdades de ingresos y riqueza con aquellas más tradicionalmente asociadas …

Anticorrupción y derechos humanos

by H.E. Ambassador Julian Braithwaite, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, By invitation

El 1 de mayo de este año, los diputados de los principales partidos políticos del Reino Unido acordaron en el Parlamento del Reino Unido apoyar la enmienda ‘Magnitsky’ al proyecto de ley de sanciones y prevención del lavado de dinero. La enmienda fue adoptada sin votación y fue descrita por el Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores, Boris Johnson, como “un momento …

The Human Rights Council: Cooperation and dialogue for the benefit of all

by H.E. Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, 12th President of the Human Rights Council Blog, By invitation, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales

5 February 2018, Geneva It has been almost seventy years since the nations of the world adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the preamble of which reminds all of us that the ‘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 …

A way forward for the 16/18 process

by Caka A. Awal* Blog, By invitation, In Focus: Human rights and religion

A policy report of Universal Rights Group (URG) on ‘ Combatting Global Religious Intolerance: the Implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 ’ has rightly pointed out the complexities of the issues surrounding freedom of religion or belief and the fight against global religious intolerance. The report provides useful historical insights about the UN’s journey to confront and combat racial and religious intolerance. It is interesting to note that on 25th November 1981 …

Charlie Hebdo attack and global reaction highlights critical importance of renewed commitment to the implementation of resolution 16/18 and the Rabat Plan of Action

by Andrew Smith, Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19 Blog, In Focus: Human rights and religion

Last week’s appalling attack against journalists and police officers at the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, and the cascade of comment and counter-comment that has followed, remind us once again of both the importance of, and the sensitivities that surround, the relationship between freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, and non-discrimination. Identifying and understanding the contours of that relationship …