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Preventing Torture

Nicholas Hardwick 2nd June 2017

  In March 2017, the School of Law at Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre hosted a seminar for leading members of the United Nations body tasked with preventing torture, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and other international experts on torture prevention. Torture is not […]

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Post-Truth vs Law in Colombia: An Unstoppable Force and an Immoveable Object?

Alvaro Sanabria 30th May 2017

“Post-truth” politics has been a matter of political contention recently, but the discussion of the impact of post-truth politics on the rights of the voters and democracy as a whole has recently moved to the legal field in Colombia. Post-truth politics appeals to the emotion of the voters instead of persuading them with valid arguments, distorting […]

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One More Step Towards Human Rights Protection: Tunisia Allows Direct Access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Tania Abbiate 25th May 2017

On 16th April 2017, the Republic of Tunisia signed a declaration allowing individuals and NGOs to access the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as is required by Article 34(6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which establishes the African Court. Cases may now be brought to the […]

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Reinforcing Rights: Strengthening UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring at a Time of Crisis

Vincent Ploton and Christen Broecker 3rd May 2017

The upcoming review of the UN’s human rights treaty bodies in 2020 provides an opportunity to increase the impact that these mechanisms have on States’ implementation of their human rights commitments. Yet the review is poised to take place at a time of great challenge to the international human rights system. The UN’s human rights treaties are, quite simply, the legal and normative foundation of the international human rights […]

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Is the Turkish Constitutional Referendum a Reflection of Democracy?

Saeed Bagheri 26th April 2017

The constitutional referendum was held on 16 April in Turkey. In this referendum, the majority of Turkish people said “yes” to the constitutional amendments through which the Turkish governmental system should be changed to a presidential system. Traditionally, it has been accepted that the legitimacy of a referendum is based on direct participation of people […]

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