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Practices Harmful to Women and Girls – Joint CEDAW and CRC General Recommendation/ Comment

Mariya Ali 19th December 2014

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC) and the 35th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the two UN human rights committees have jointly issued a General Recommendation/General Comment (GR/GC) outlining State obligations in preventing and eliminating harmful practices inflicted […]

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(In)justice Served? Lori Douglas Case Leaves More Questions than Answers for Canadians

Ravi Amarnath 17th December 2014

Since 2010, Canadians have been divided on whether Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas was a victim of revenge porn or complicit in the harassment of a former client. In late November, the beleaguered jurist agreed to retire four years after leaked photos of her sex life made her the subject of a judicial investigation. Justice […]

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A New Opportunity for the UN to Move Forward the Global Abolition of Death Penalty

Vincent Ploton 16th December 2014

On the 2014 world day against the death penalty, Ban Ki Moon made a strong statement calling for global abolition. This declaration reflects a growing trend toward abolition, and yet 25 years after the adoption of the international treaty to abolish the death penalty, the level of ratification remains too low. The United Nations’ commitment […]

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Detention of African Asylum Seekers in Israel: Welcome to Round Three

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 15th December 2014

In a previous post, I analysed the Israeli High Court of Justice’s (HCJ) judgment in Gebrselassie v. Knesset et al (partial summary of the judgment in English), in which the Court held the ‘Law for the Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 4)’ (full text in Hebrew) to be unconstitutional and quashed it. The judgment extended […]

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The Uncomfortable Place of Inter-Country Adoption in the Human Rights Arena

Mariela Neagu 12th December 2014

While November marks the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the United States (one of the two countries still to ratify the UNCRC) celebrates ‘adoption month’. Inter-country adoption (ICA) occupies a very marginal place within the UNCRC. According to article 21, ‘inter-country adoption may be considered as an alternative […]

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