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Spot the Differences: How Broad Can Commercial Speech Be?

Guest Contributor 28th October 2012

By Ilias Trispiotis In the aftermath of ‘the Innocence of Muslims’ turmoil, questions of whether and to what extent state authorities may regulate speech when it upsets public morals or religious beliefs have again come to the fore. In July 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) offered some food for thought in Mouvement Raëlien […]

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Conflict minerals disclosure and the role of corporations in the protection of human rights

Guest Contributor 24th October 2012

By Katie Allan and Kate Mitchell The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken a significant and tangible step in establishing corporate responsibility for human rights protection in conflict zones through the adoption of rules for disclosing the use of ‘conflict minerals’. Introduced by section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform Act, […]

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Equal Inheritance Rights for Women in Botswana

Vanja Karth 19th October 2012

  The latest decision of the Botswana High Court on inheritance rights in Edith Mmusi v Ramantele is a pivotal step for women in Botswana and Africa as a whole.  A number of African countries still have discriminatory customary law practices that effectively leave women with nothing on the death of a male family member. […]

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We Should All Participate in Articulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Daniel Bradlow 16th October 2012

The projected end date for the Millenium Development Goals is 2015.  The UN Secretary General recently appointed a High Level Panel to advise him on creating a vision for a post-2015 development agenda that incorporates economic growth, social equality, and environmental sustainability.   The Panel has a choice. It could be cautious and merely propose […]

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The UK's Human Rights 'Report Card'

admin 12th October 2012

  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) – the review of each UN member state’s human rights record – is a comparatively new process that has recently embarked upon its second cycle. With 100% participation of member states in its first cycle, expectations for the second cycle are justifiably […]

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