• Human Rights

    Take a Look: New Research and Data Online for Fact-Checking

    by  • January 11, 2017 • Africa, Asia, Human Rights, Peace and Security • 

    In the arcane language of diplomacy, a special section is reserved for navigating linguistic traps in negotiating peace agreements. One of many examples is the 1995 Oslo II interim agreement with Israel on the future of the West Bank and Gaza, which nearly broke down over the translation of one small Arabic word, ra’is. Was...

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    Suriname Should Do the Right Thing on LGBT Rights at the UN

    by  • December 13, 2016 • Human Rights, Latin America, LGBT, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Suriname’s government is on the right track at home when it comes to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination and violence. In 2015, the government introduced antidiscrimination legislation, including sexual orientation on grounds for nondiscrimination complaints. The government also understands that it needs to protect the rights of same-sex couples living...

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    Glassed In: Why Women Are Unhappy in the Workplace

    by  • December 6, 2016 • Development, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 

    It is not only “glass ceilings” limiting women’s career progress but also “glass floors” and “glass walls” blocking gender equality in the workplace. These hurdles actually limit the entry and mobility of both women and men in predominately gender-defined jobs. If women are to achieve gender equality with men at high levels in the...

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    The Rules of War Need a Major Overhaul

    by  • December 3, 2016 • BOOKS, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Responsibility to Protect, Security Council • 

    Donetsk People's Republic fighters in Ukraine

    Evidence is piling up: the global security framework that emerged from the ashes of World War II is no longer capable of pursuing international peace. The arrangement, conceived by the major powers that won the war, has expanded into a grab bag of rules and institutions that the crises of our own era have...

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    Hate Crimes Rocket Across the US, and UN Condemnation Comes Quickly

    by  • November 22, 2016 • Human Rights, LGBT, US-UN Relations • 

    Hate crimes have risen dramatically in the United States since the election of Donald Trump as president on Nov. 8. The United Nations has quickly taken note, criticizing its strongest financial and moral supporter, America. “Recent reports of hate crimes in the United States are of great concern,” began a statement from the office...

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    Colombia’s Rejection of the Peace Agreement Creates New Hurdles for Women

    by  • October 30, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, LGBT, Peace and Security, Women • 

    BOGOTÁ — By a thin margin, Colombian voters said no in early October to a peace agreement to end the decades-long war in the country between the guerillas, FARC-EP, and the government. The painstakingly written peace pact was developed with considerable contributions from women to embed commitments to gender rights in the country’s post-conflict...

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    Are Those Fair-Trade Flowers You’re Buying? A Dutch Charity Raises Awareness

    by  • October 26, 2016 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 

    While people buy flowers to celebrate special occasions or to merely liven up their home, most buyers do not think twice about the origins of the flowers or why they are so affordable. Almost all the roses now sold in Europe come from Eastern Africa and most of them are produced — little surprise...

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    Peter Sutherland, UN Migration Envoy, Says: Do Not Shirk the Refugee Crisis

    by  • September 14, 2016 • General Assembly, Human Rights, Migration, Refugees, UN Special Envoys • 

    As the special envoy to the United Nations secretary-general on international migration since 2006, Peter Sutherland, an Irishman, has minced few words on the topic of people leaving their homes in search of better lives. In his role at the UN, he advises the secretary-general on issues related to international migration and development and promotes...

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    A Top Candidate Is Sidelined for the Post of UN Expert on Torture

    by  • September 4, 2016 • Human Rights • 

    The United Nations Human Rights Council will soon choose five new experts to monitor various human-rights topics, with nominees put forth by the council’s president. One top candidate, on torture, has stirred up controversy, and recently, his candidacy was sidelined for the second-top candidate in an unusual decision by the council president. Special procedures,...

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    The Hidden Shame of Sectarianism in Scotland and How It Affects Women

    by  • August 31, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 

    On the international stage, Scotland’s feminist credentials appear groundbreaking. All main political parties in Scotland are led by women, including the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, from the Scottish National Party. Women’s rights have been named a priority, and gender equality has been high on the political agenda, with Sturgeon and her party pledging their...

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