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United Nations Human Rights Council: Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

United Nations Human Rights Council: Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

On 26 March 2014 the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”) passed a Resolution ‘condemning in the strongest terms’ the continuing violation of human rights and calling for the referral of a wide catalogue of human rights abuses by the Democratic Republic of Korea (“DPRK”) to the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) for investigation (“Resolution”).  The [...]

Men and gender based violence: part of the problem, but also the solution?

Men and gender based violence: part of the problem, but also the solution?

Universities may well create the future leaders of our governments, economies, and communities—they are places of intellectual thought and social development.  But does that square with what we know about how often university women face sexual harassment and unwanted advances? The statistics on gender-based violence amongst university students in the UK are staggering: one in [...]

UN Resolution on Women’s Involvement in Conflict-Prevention: a Move Towards Participative Equality for Women in Conflict Zones

UN Resolution on Women’s Involvement in Conflict-Prevention: a Move Towards Participative Equality for Women in Conflict Zones

Earlier this month, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2122, designed to highlight the importance of women’s involvement in conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building. The adoption of this Resolution represents a continuation in the UN’s focus on the role of women in conflict zones, which began with Resolution 1325 on women and peace and [...]

Justice Edwin Cameron on the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign

Justice Edwin Cameron on the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign

On Friday 26th July, in Cape Town, the United Nations launched a new international campaign to counter homophobia, dubbed the Free and Equal Campaign. I was privileged to share the platform with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navi Pillay, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. It was a happy event, with strong presentations and [...]

Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

The Steubenville rape verdict a few months ago has sparked a broader conversation about the United States’ endemic “rape culture”, and the responsibility of innocent bystanders and institutions to report sexual violence. One place where the silencing of sexual violence is an ongoing problem is on U.S. college campuses.  Under the Clery Act  — named [...]

Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

by Shishir Bail and Sudhir Krishnaswamy -  The brutal rape and mutilation of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi last week has sparked fierce protests reminiscent of the national outrage invoked by the December 2012 gang-rape of a student, also in Delhi. Very quickly political parties have joined these protests to demand swift ‘justice’. Late last year, the [...]

Stuck in Traffic?

Stuck in Traffic?

By Professor Bridget Anderson - ‘Trafficking’ seems to extend the audience of those engaged with the human rights of migrants. Even those who are not usually sympathetic to the plight of undocumented migrants can engage with the plight of ‘victims of trafficking’ and respond to calls for their protection. Trafficking also seems to offer a rare patch [...]

Violence Against Women in South Africa: President Zuma and the ANC Still Have Not Got the Message

Violence Against Women in South Africa: President Zuma and the ANC Still Have Not Got the Message

By Nabihah Iqbal – The recent tragedy of Anene Booysen has brought widespread attention to the pandemic of violence, especially sexual violence, against women in South Africa, a country labelled by Interpol as the ‘rape capital of the world’, and where it is estimatedthat a woman is raped every 17 seconds. Booysen’s case has been [...]

Lifting As We Climb

Lifting As We Climb

Upon the formation of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, the chosen motto read: Lifting As We Climb. This principle was guided by the aspiration that the movement of Afro-American women must also guarantee the upliftment of all sisters and indeed all dispossessed. To them, inclusiveness and diversity was of central significance in feminist [...]

Disappointing Departures from the Verma Committee Report

Disappointing Departures from the Verma Committee Report

The Union Cabinet of the Government of India has cleared an ordinance making changes to India’s rape laws. This comes a few days after the Justice Verma Committee submitted its report (discussed here and here) recommending comprehensive changes to the criminal law in the light of the horrific gangrape in New Delhi in December. The [...]

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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 [...]