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McCutcheon v FEC: The Harvest of Pernicious Seeds Sown in Buckley and Citizens United

McCutcheon v FEC: The Harvest of Pernicious Seeds Sown in Buckley and Citizens United

The US Supreme Court very recently handed down its decision in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, undoubtedly the most important campaign finance ruling since its controversial 2010 judgment in Citizens United. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled to abolish aggregate contribution limits which restricted how much an individual donor may contribute in total to [...]

Children Gain Access to International Justice

Children Gain Access to International Justice

This week marks a major breakthrough in international justice for children. It is a turning point in a deeply personal battle of justice for children that I have fought for the past 15 years. I have dedicated my life to defending the rights of children around the world, particularly the most vulnerable children. Through my [...]

The Criminalization of Protests: Repression and Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

The Criminalization of Protests: Repression and Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

In Venezuela, anti-government protests are being brutally repressed; many demonstrators have been jailed, with some believed to have been tortured. On February 12, 2014, university students opposed to the current government carried out a rally a Caracas.  This date was purposely chosen for the rally because February 12th is Youth Day in Venezuela.  Youth Day [...]

50 Years Later, Still in Search of Truth: Challenges Facing Truth Commissions in Brazil

50 Years Later, Still in Search of Truth: Challenges Facing Truth Commissions in Brazil

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the military coup, which initiated the latest and the longest Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985), the statements of the retired Army Colonel, Paulo Malhães, at a public hearing of the National Truth Commission (the “CNV”) held on March 25th, shocked the Brazilian public. “I killed as many people as [...]

Sex Workers Equally Protected from Sexual Harassment as Other Workers – Says New Zealand Case

Sex Workers Equally Protected from Sexual Harassment as Other Workers – Says New Zealand Case

In 2003, New Zealand decriminalised sex work and established a system of safeguards for those engaged in such work through the Prostitution Reform Act.  Just over a decade later, the first major case has been heard highlighting some of the benefits of this regime.  The case is called DML v Montgomery and M & T [...]

Why the U.S. Needs a Magnitsky Act for Venezuela

Why the U.S. Needs a Magnitsky Act for Venezuela

It has been a month since the Venezuelan people took to the streets to protest against the precarious situation in which the country is currently living. According to the UN Human Development Index, the murder rate in the country is the fifth highest in the world; annual inflation rates are currently over 50 percent. Furthermore, [...]

Restricting Receipt of Rehabilitative Resources: The Prisoner Book Ban

Restricting Receipt of Rehabilitative Resources: The Prisoner Book Ban

New prison service rules prohibit prisoners in England and Wales from receiving books and essentials from the outside world. The imposition of a sweeping restriction on family and friends sending such items to their loved ones behind bars is an inordinately oppressive measure. The blanket ban constitutes a disproportionate interference with prisoners’ rights as it [...]

Nigerian Standup Comedians and Differently Abled Persons from a Human Rights Lens

Nigerian Standup Comedians and Differently Abled Persons from a Human Rights Lens

The Nigeria popular art space came to life about a decade ago with the coming of Nollywood. Standup comedy followed closely with various shows in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and other major cities. The impact of the industry on the corporate image of Nigeria is not one that can be underestimated. The success stories of [...]

Is There a Hierarchy of Human Rights and Human Rights Reporting?

Is There a Hierarchy of Human Rights and Human Rights Reporting?

I believe that just as there is a hierarchy of rights, as discussed by human rights scholars, there is also a hierarchy of human rights reporting. War reporting and the human rights violations that occur in conflict zones, are seen as ‘classic’ human rights journalism. It’s dangerous work. Last year, the International Federation of Journalists [...]

Scotland’s Answer to Modern-Day Slavery

Scotland’s Answer to Modern-Day Slavery

A new standalone human trafficking bill for Scotland has been quietly gaining momentum in the corridors of Holyrood.  On Monday it was announced that a formal proposal by Labour MP Jenny Marra for a dedicated Human Trafficking (Scotland) Bill has been adopted by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, which hopes to tighten up criminal justice measures [...]

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A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]