Brazilian Amazon’s Opening to Mining Operations and the Threat to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Iago Morais de Oliveira - 6th October 2017

On 22 August 2017, Brazilian president Michel Temer issued a decree ending the protected status of a vast Amazon region known as Renca—an acronym for ‘National Reserve of Copper and Associates.’ The area is approximately 47,000 square kilometres and straddles the states of Pará and Amapá (northern Brazil). It encompasses seven units of environmental conservation […]

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The Indian Supreme Court Declares the Constitutional Right to Privacy

Jayna Kothari - 4th October 2017

2017 has been a big year for constitutional development in India. In a historic and landmark decision, a 9-judge bench of the Supreme Court pronounced that the right to privacy is a constitutional right which is not only rooted in the right to life and liberty, but also enshrined in all other fundamental rights, including […]

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Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 2

Rosalind Comyn - 3rd October 2017

Yesterday, I discussed the High Court’s decision in Campaign Against the Arms Trade’s unsuccessful judicial review of the Secretary of State for International Trade’s granting of arms export licences to Saudi Arabia. The primary question before the Court was whether the Secretary of State for Trade had acted irrationally in concluding that there was no […]

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Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 1

Rosalind Comyn - 2nd October 2017

Yemen’s devastating conflict has inflicted an egregious toll on civilians, catalysing, in the words of the UN Secretary General, a tragedy of ‘almost unprecedented proportions’. Last month the ICRC took the unusual step of identifying an ‘alarming trend’ of attacks against civilians and sharply criticised a Saudi led coalition strike as running ‘counter to the […]

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Do Rohingya Refugees in India have Constitutional Rights?

Afreen Hashmi - 29th September 2017

The Indian Government recently issued a direction to identify and deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees in India, labelling them as a burden on the resources of the country and a security threat. However, the Supreme Court of India has decided to hear a case contending that the proposed deportation is in violation of the fundamental […]

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The Forced Expulsion of Rohingyas Reflects Why India Needs a Refugee Law

Lovish Garg - 28th September 2017

The Indian Government recently revealed its decision to deport the 40,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country, including the 16,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR. This decision is seen as a reaction to the intensified protests by right-wing Hindu fundamentalists who perceive them as a threat to national security and have been demanding their expulsion. The […]

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Niqabs in Strasbourg, Again: Part 2

Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez - 27th September 2017

In a blog post yesterday, I considered the impact which the recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in Dakir v. Belgium and Belcacemi and Oussar v. Belgium might have on the Court’s conception of “living together”. Today, I will consider the concerns these judgments raise for the Court’s jurisprudence on indirect discrimination […]

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Niqabs in Strasbourg, Again: Part 1

Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez - 26th September 2017

Burqa bans seem to be in fashion, not only in the 5-odd countries that have chosen this policy line, not only at the European People’s Party within the European Parliament, but at the European Court of Human Rights as well. Only three years after its Grand Chamber ruling upholding the French legislative ban of 2010 […]

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An Iraqi Kurdish Independence Referendum

Saeed Bagheri - 25th September 2017

On 15 September 2017, the Iraqi Kurdish parliament voted to hold an independence referendum in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, and today, that referendum is taking place. Western and regional powers ― including Baghdad, Turkey, Iran, United States and the EU―  have expressed their opposition to the referendum because they believe that the referendum would detract […]

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An International Law Perspective on India’s Response toward the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Vidushi Sanghadia - 22nd September 2017

In the opening statement made in the Human Rights Council’s 36th session on 11th September 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein observed the appalling state of affairs concerning the security operations underway in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, exacerbated by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). He pointed […]

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The United Kingdom’s Drone Programme: Secrecy and Accountability

Rosalind Comyn - 20th September 2017

In what circumstances can the UK Government target and kill a British citizen abroad? Can the Government withhold its legal basis for doing so by invoking a blanket claim to secrecy with reference to the involvement of the security services? Has the UK been inching towards the US position on the use of force, while […]

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