Coup and Constitution in Zimbabwe Part 1: The Military Action is Profoundly Unconstitutional

On 14 November 2017, the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) took control of key parts of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Military personnel placed tanks and military vehicles on arterial roads, seized the public broadcaster and state daily newspaper, and occupied the Presidential residence, State House. A number of Cabinet Ministers and other officials were also detained. The […]


Offences Against Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore: Vindicating The Victim’s Right to Dignity

The High Court of Singapore recently increased the sentences of two employers who had starved their foreign domestic worker, causing serious physical injury. In so doing, the court affirmed the victim’s right to human dignity despite the relative leniency of the charge. This case prompts reflection not only on the vulnerability of foreign domestic workers […]

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Child Marriage before the Indian Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India on 11th October 2017 ruled that sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his minor wife would amount to rape for the purposes of Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The Court has read down Exception 2 to Section 375 which reads “Sexual intercourse or sexual […]

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OPBP Project on the Rights of Uber Drivers

OPBP, partnered with the Social Law Project at the University of the Western Cape, has recently produced a report on the employment status of Uber drivers, to assist with ongoing litigation before the Labour Court in South Africa, between Uber South Africa Technology Services (SATS) and seven respondent former Uber drivers, who were subject to […]


Friday in Focus: Natasha Holcroft-Emmess

I started blogging for the Oxford Human Rights Hub in the summer of 2012, when the blog was just starting out. I had recently finished my undergraduate degree at Oxford and was looking forward to returning to study for the BCL. Since then, the Hub has gone from strength to strength due to the unwavering […]


The Cost of Discrimination – film screening

The Cost of Discrimination, an IranWire / Off-Centre Productions documentary film, tells the story of the consequences of discrimination in both Iran and South Africa. The film explores the parallels between the racial persecution under the apartheid system of South Africa which took place between 1948 and 1994, and the Iranian authorities’ continued persecution of […]


Sandra Fredman, Alison Young, Meghan Campbell and Alex May, ‘The Impact of Brexit on Equality Rights’ (OxHRH, 2017)